The Life and Miracles of Blessed Xenia of St Petersburg

Throughout the history of Holy Russia, God, Who loves mankind and Who desires that all sinners should be saved, has sent messengers and preachers abroad in the land who, by their ascetic labours and God-pleasing lives, have striven to lead sinful man to Christ the Saviour. Such a one was Xenia Grigorievna Petrova, a true fool-for-Christ’s-sake, one of the great ascetics of Russia and the Holy Orthodox Christian Church. For forty-five years she wandered penniless, nearly barefoot and in rags, through the streets of the Petersburgskaya Storona, teaching and admonishing people with her saintly example, struggling in prayer and deed against Satan, the enemy of mankind. -- Introduction