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
“Man keeps a memory of the paradise and acquires it in a monastery.” Elder Aimilianos about
monks and monasticism
What is the mystery of monastic life? Why do some people choose the monastic way and make their choice so purposefully?
What are they looking for, shutting themselves in a monastery? The answers to these and other such questions are given by schema-archimandrite
Aimilianos (Vafidis) in his book “The house of God is the Heavenly Gateway,” which is a series of talks with his spiritual children. The publishing
house of our monastery has published a translation of this wonderful book.
It warms even in December – the Sun of the Russian land
In the morning of December 6th, it was snowing so hard that one couldn't even see the sky. Yet, the sun
was shining in the church of St. Alexander Nevsky. What sun? The Sun of the Russian land – holy righteous great prince
Alexander Nevsky, the master of this church. Everyone who came to the feast – hierarchs and priests, monastics and lay
people – rejoiced in the rays of this sun.
"How to save the entire family from despair" The everyday life of social service
"I feel truly bad that the people who bring in their donations – clothing, shoes, stationery, produce, and so forth, – are unable
to see the boundless sea of gratitude experienced by those who receive this aid! I don't know how to fix that... You should just trust me that
when people get their pair of shoes or a backpack with stationery, or a jacket, or a bag with produce, they say: "Glory be to God!" It is God's
grace that I am able to see how the help rendered to people changes them, how they sigh in relief and nod their heads, unable to believe their
own eyes; how they smile, hug the item tightly and occasionally even kiss it!" Live stories: told by the monastery's social service worker
On Our Habit of Self-Justification. A Talk by Schema-Monk Archimandrite Abraham.
We all like to justify ourselves. For instance, angry, short-tempered people are often rude to others, but in response to
a critique they can say: "I am incapable of not getting angry – my parents didn't raise me right." Or: "That's my nature, nothing to do
about it." Or even: "Who is being rude? I am?! It's a lie, I am always nice and patient with people…"