Malitsa Nicholas Monastery (Николаевский Малицкий Монастырь) (Tver)

 Malitsa Nicholas Monastery (Николаевский Малицкий Монастырь) (Tver)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Description of the Malitsa Nicholas Monastery

Malitsa Nicholas Monastery is a Russian medieval Orthodox Monastery was found between 1584 and 1595. Although today it is found within boundary of Tver in the ancient times it was wilderness away from closest human settlements. It is still surrounded by a pine forest, but it is shrinking due to human activity. Most of original wooden abbey was destroyed by a terrible fire that swept through a complex in 1675. The only thing that was preserved is a large icon of Saint Nicholas along with saint Princes Boris and Gleb. The next year restoration of Malitsa Nicholas Monastery have begun largely due to donations of Gregory D. Ovtsyn. A five dome cathedral was erected in the center of reborn monastery. It was consecrated in honor of the icon of the Virgin Protectress and Saint Nicholas. Subsequently cells for monks were restored as well.

During World War II Malitsa Nicholas Monastery buildings of Malitsa Nicholas Monastery were almost completely destroyed. Restoration of this medieval religious complex began only in the late 20th century and early 21st century.

 

 

 

 

Short story
Malitsa Nicholas Monastery was located 6 km (according to pre-revolutionary data - 7 versts) from the city of Tver, half a verst south of the highway to St. Petersburg. It was founded between 1584-1595 on the Shevyakov wasteland, named after the Malitsa River, which skirted the monastery from the north and west and flowed into the Mezhurka River, a tributary of the Volga. Around 1675 the monastery was completely burnt down. According to legend, after the fire, only the image of St. Nicholas was found in the ashes with a burnt back side, but with an intact face. This icon measuring 5.5 vershoks x 4.5 vershoks was widely known and popular among the residents of Tver in the 19th - early 20th centuries. as miraculous. in 1742 Countess Mavra Shuvalova was healed in front of the image of Nicholas the Wonderworker, and in gratitude she vowed to build six churches in the monastery. The beautiful cathedral, several temples and buildings surrounded by stone walls testified to the gratitude of the countess. In 1863, on the occasion of the deliverance of Tver from cholera, an annual religious procession was instituted with an icon of St. Nicholas from the monastery to Tver. The monastery entered the 20th century in all its splendor, but in the Soviet years it was destroyed. The services finally ended in 1939.

The monastery now
By the decision of the Holy Synod of June 23, 2008, the monastery in the village of Nikolo-Malitsa, Kalininsky district, was re-established, and Hieromonk Boris (Tulupov) was appointed the abbot of the monastery. The Athonite charter was adopted in the monastery, and divine services began to be performed according to the Svyatogorsk rite. The monastery was built in the Byzantine style. The main decoration of the monastery services in Nikolo-Malitsa is Byzantine chanting, which is given special importance. The monastery has a Sunday school and an icon painting workshop.

Shrines
The miraculous icon of St. Nicholas Myr of Lycia the Wonderworker
The heavenly patron of the monastery more than once saved his monastery from complete ruin through the revealed holy image. Miracles from him were so numerous that over the course of five centuries a great multitude of people flocked here to worship. This image was painted at the beginning of the 17th century on a canvas pasted on a board, 5.5 inches long and 4.5 inches wide (24.5x20 cm). On the sides of the half-length image of St. Nicholas in the margins are depicted two saints of small stature - the passion-bearers Boris and Gleb.

Now, within the holy walls of the restored Malitsa Nicholas Monastery, miracles of healing human diseases in front of the icon of St. Nicholas continue. Relief is given to believers with severe, non-healing burns, injuries, rapidly losing their sight, courageously fighting cancer, serious pathology of pregnancy and infertility.

Holy relics of St. Arseny of Tver
The relics of the saint are very significant for the brethren and parishioners of the Malitsky monastery, since Saint Arseny is not only the patron saint of the city of Tver, but also a special protector of all monastics on the Tver land. The saint founded many monasteries around Tver. In addition, the saint founded a monastery on the river T'maka near Tver Zheltikov.

 

 


 

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