Theotokos is the great Intercessor for all Christians. She wishes salvation to everyone,
She wants to lead everybody into the eternal Kingdom of Her Son and God. She hears the prayers of each
person and responds with motherly love to all supplications. According to the words of the holy Fathers,
She embraces the entire world with Her love, and in the Holy Spirit She is able to see all the nations
on earth, and, like Her Son, She pities and has mercy on all. She especially favors those who emulate
Her virginity and purity and who have completely dedicated themselves to God, as She did.
This is no coincidence that many of the monastic convents are named in Her honor,
in honor of Her feasts or holy icons. Ekaterinburg, too, has a monastery named in honor of
the Mother of God.
Founded at the end of the XVIII century, the Novo-Tikhvinsky convent of Ekaterinburg
was the biggest monastery in Ural before the revolution. It had six churches and several workshops
in operation: the monastery was like a town within a city. In the 1920s the convent was closed,
and for several decades its walls hosted military and Soviet offices. Its revival began since 1994.
Now the churches here are being restored, church arts blossom, and, most importantly,
monastic life filled with labor and prayer is being revived.
At the monastery, sisters carry out various obediences: they study the history
of the convent and the Ekaterinburg metropolia; compile hagiographies of neo-martyrs and men of faith;
translate works of the holy Fathers from Ancient Greek and Church-Slavonic; make embroidered hierarchal
and priestly vestments, as well as icons, clothes for the clergy, baptismal and wedding sets.
The monastery choir revives the ancient chanting traditions. Singing during worship services
in the churches of the convent are done in Znamenny and Byzantine chants. Traditions of canonical
iconography are being revived in the icon-painting workshop of the monastery. Sisters paint both
individual icons and iconostases for churches, as well as the birth size (mernaya), family,
and folding icons, wholly following the practices of the ancient masters.
Welcome to our Convent's website!
Feastdays and ordinary days
Loyal to the Emperor, Loyal to Christ
Just recently, at the Archbishopal Sobor, the passion-bearer Evgeniy Botkin, the last physician-in-ordinary of Emperor Nicholas II,
was canonized a saint. The Ekaterinburg committee for canonization of saints presided by the father-confessor of our monastery,
schema-archimandrite Avraam, submitted the materials for Evgeniy Botkin's canonization. Lately our monastery held a public presentation about
the life and the podvig of the holy passion-bearer Evgeniy.
Merkushino -- the pearl of the Urals
There are places that are ever-beautiful: at dawn and at dusk; summer or winter time; clear day or snowstorm...
One of those places is the Merkushino village, the holy ground of St. Simeon that is often called the pearl of the Urals.
We thank everyone for their love for the Most Holy Theotokos!
The childlike, sincere love for the Most Holy Theotokos is the feeling that every Christian has. She is our common Mother.
And this is especially felt on the feasts of the Theotokos. In those days, we come to Her as children to address Her in prayer, to venerate Her icon,
to feel Her love. This year, as always, the feast of the Tikhvin icon was filled with consolation and joy. Thousands of people Ц hierarchs and priests,
monastics and laity, adults and children, people from Ekaterinburg, out-of-town and out-of-country guests Ц all were sharing the same feeling...
Dear brothers and sisters, we congratulate you on the feast of the Tikhvin icon! May the Most Holy Theotokos preserve you through Her prayers!
A year of blue-green she-goat? No, a new year of God's goodness!
In anticipation of the New Year one can often hear the following question: what is the right attitude towards horoscopes, Zodiac signs, and faith in special distribution of stars? Are horoscopes and Orthodoxy compatible? In order to answer these questions, our monastery has published a leaflet about the Orthodox attitude towards the signs of Zodiac, horoscopes, and animal symbols of the upcoming year.