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January 2nd, 2010

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Saturday, January 2nd, 2010 03:54 pm
a householder, not a monastic.
St. Juliana Lazarevskaya

Saint Juliana lived during the sixteenth century in the province of Murom in a town called Lazarevo in the Empire of Russia. She was only 6yrs. old when her parents died. Her grandmother raised her in pious and God-centered surroundings. She learned well home handi-crafts and busied herself with household management and prayer. There was not a church within a travellable distance and so she fed her hungry spirit with reading the scriptures and edifying books. She eventually married a rich nobleman. The words of the marriage service spoke strongly to her heart and she conducted the life of her family in a truly Christan manner. The couple had thirteen children, six of whom died from grievous illnesses very early in life. Her oldest son died in battle and another son was killed in a hunting accident. The venerable Juliana persevered through this tragedy by a life filled with prayer, fasting, and a strong bond with Her Savior, Christ. Her feats of asceticism paralleled the strict life of the desert dwellers, while maintaining her home and caring for her family. After Saint Juliana's repose her relics were found to be myrrh-streaming and through her intercessions the gracious lord has granted abundant healings.

from http://netministries.org/see/churches.exe/ch05016