The Nun Martha
Commemorated on July 4
The Nun Martha,
mother of Saint Simeon of the Wondrous-Mount (Divnogorets; – his account is
located under 24 May), lived during the VI Century and was a native of Antioch.
From her early years she yearned for monasticism, but her parents persuaded her
to marry. Her husband, John, soon died, and righteous Martha with all her
strength devoted herself to the raising of her son. She was for her son an
example of high Christian temperament: often she visited the temple of God,
attentively and with piety she hearkened to the church services, and frequently
she communed the Holy Mysteries of Christ. Righteous Martha each night rose up
to pray, and her prayers she made with heartfelt warmth and tears. She
particularly venerated the Baptist of the Lord Saint John the Precursor, who
was for her a protector frequently appearing to her in visions. The Nun Martha
was charitable towards the poor, she fed and clothed them, she visited the
convalescent and she attended to the sick, she buried the dead, and for those
preparing to receive holy Baptism she with her own hands reading the clothing.
© 1996-2001 by translator Fr. S. Janos.