Saint Xenia lived during the eighteenth century, but little is known of her life or of her family. She passed most of her life in
Xenia Grigorievna Petrova was the wife of an army officer, Major Andrew Petrov. After the wedding, the couple lived in
Once her earthly happiness ended, she did not look for it again. From that time forward,
She started wearing her husband's clothing, and insisted that she be addressed as "Andrew Feodorovich." She told people that it was she, and not her husband, who had died. In a certain sense, this was perfectly true. She abandoned her former way of life and experienced a spiritual rebirth. When she gave away her house and possessions to the poor, her relatives complained to the authorities. After speaking to
When her late husband's red and green uniform wore out, she clothed herself in rags of those colors. After a while,
St Xenia eventually returned to the poor section of
When a new church was being built in the
Soon her great virtue and spiritual gifts began to be noticed. She prophesied future events affecting the citizens of
St Xenia lived about forty-five years after the death of her husband, and departed to the Lord at the age of seventy-one. The exact date and circumstances of her death are not known, but it probably took place at the end of the eighteenth century. She was buried in the
By the 1820s, people flocked to her grave to pray for her soul, and to ask her to intercede with God for them. So many visitors took earth from her grave that it had to be replaced every year. Later, a chapel was built over her grave.
Those who turn to St Xenia in prayer receive healing from illness, and deliverance from their afflictions. She is also known for helping people who seek jobs.