In the realm of Russian saints, the blessed Princess Anna of Kashinsk takes a special place. Each saint is characterized to a greater extent by one or another Christian virtue. Princess Anna embodies the virtue of patience.
The Church considers Anna of Kashinsk as a model of female courage and fortitude. Anna lived at the turn of the XIII-XIV centuries, at the time of princely strife and the Mongol-Tatar yoke.
First she lost her husband - Tver Prince Mikhail, before that her father and young son died, and then her other two sons and grandson died. Having experienced such grief, any other woman would have fallen into despondency or at least tried to establish her personal life again. But Anna rejected these two paths and devoted herself to God, ending her life as a schema nun with the strictest of vows.
Anna was glorified by many miracles, but she is best known for the fact that initially she was glorified as a saint in 1649, but 28 years later the ascetic was deprived of such great honor and the previous canonization was recognized as an error. The reason for such a loud scandal was the Old-Ritualist split - Anna died when in Russia the sign of the cross was made with two fingers and in the coffin Anna lay with her right fingers folded according to the old rite. For the Old Believers it was an excellent reason to defend their positions, and not to embarrass people, baptizing with three fingers, the then Patriarch Joachim solved the problem simply - he deprived Anna of the official status of the saint.
But people's love was stronger, and in Kashin - the city where Anna lived the last years of her life - the ascetic has never been forgotten. The princess was canonized again in 1908. This is perhaps the only case of double canonization and shameful decanonization in the Russian Church.
The ecclesiastical debunking of Saint Blessed Princess Anna lasted 230 years, but people retained faith in her intercession before the Lord. In troubles and temptation, before beginning serious affairs and before entering into marriage, before taking monastic vows the faithful went to pray to the tomb of the Blessed Anne.
Everything happened for a reason. For where, if not with us, the Lord could still show the power and the special role of a woman who can be both a gentle wife and an excellent mother and no less zealous servant of Christ. Anna is the ideal of the Russian woman, which has always lived in the people's consciousness both during the time of the Moscow tsardom and during the empire, and in our troubled years.
Source: gorthodox.com (Russian)
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