Saint Juliana of Lazarevo

Saint Juliana

(January 2)

Iconographer: Dmitry Shkolnik

Righteous Juliana of Lazarevo and Murom is an astonishing example of a self-denying, Christian woman. She was the daughter of a Russian nobleman.  From her early years she lived devoutly. Early in life she was orphaned and given to uncaring relatives. Juliana bore everything with patience and without complaint.  Her love for people was expressed by nursing the sick and sewing clothing for the poor. Her pious and virtuous life attracted the attention of the Lazarevo village owner and they were married. Her husband’s parents loved their gentle daughter-in-law and left the running of the household in her hands. Domestic concerns did not disrupt the spiritual efforts of Juliana. She made time for prayer, and she was always prepared to feed the orphaned and clothe the poor. When an epidemic started after a famine, Juliana devoted herself completely to the nursing of the sick.  After the death of two of her sons she decided to withdraw to a monastery, but her husband persuaded her to remain in the world, and to continue to raise their other children. On the testimony of Juliana’s son, Kallistrat Osoryin, who wrote about her life, she intensified her fasting and prayer and slept not more than two hours at night upon a board. Upon the death of her husband, Juliana distributed to the poor her portion of the inheritance. Living in extreme poverty, she was none the less vivacious, cordial, and in everything she thanked the Lord. The saint was vouchsafed a visitation by St Nicholas the Wonderworker and guidance by the Mother of God. When Righteous Juliana fell asleep in the Lord, she was then buried beside her husband at the church of St Lazarus. In 1614 the fragrant relics of Righteous Juliana were uncovered,  from which many received healing.