The Sumorin Totemsk Icon of the Mother of God

Commemorated on January 28

      The Sumorin Totemsk Icon of the Mother of God was glorified by numerous healings at the Spaso-Sumorinsk monastery of the city of Tot'ma. When the inhabitants of the city turned to tsar Ivan the Terrible for permission to build a monastery in their city, the Rostov archbishop Nikandr in the year 1554 bestowed upon the Monk Theodosii the grammota-grant for building. The hegumen of the Prilutsk monastery blessed the Monk Theodosii with an icon of the Mother of God for success at building the new monastery. The icon thereafter received the name Sumorinsk-Totemsk ("Sumorinsk" derives from the family name of the Monk Theodosii, and Totemsk from the placename Tot'ma). After the death of the monk, the wonderworking icon was situated in a kiosk-case in front of the crypt of the saint at the Ascension church of the monastery.
      It is to be noted, that for many of the sick, the Monk Theodosii has appeared to them holding this icon in his hands.

1996-2001 by translator Fr. S. Janos.

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