The Icon of the Mother of God of Bogoliubsk-Moscow

Commemorated on June 18

      The Icon of the Mother of God of Bogoliubsk-Moscow was written in the year 1157 and in earlier times was situated in Moscow at the Solyana Square, over the Varvarsk Gates of the Chinese Quarter. The wonderworking image was glorified by healings during the time of a fierce plague in 1771. From this time the icon became especially venerated by believers, and a molieben was done yearly before the wonderworking image on 18 June. On the vigil of the feast for three days the icon was taken down from the wall and transferred to a special pavilion, whither thronged numerous people for prayerful veneration of the image of the Mother of God. After the course of three days the icon was again put up over the gates, where it remained until the following year on18 June.
      Unique to this icon is that there is imaged upon it, besides the Saviour and the Mother of God, also these saints: Sainted-hierarchs Peter, Alexei, Jona and Philip Metropolitans of Moscow, Blessed Vasilii and Maksim, the Nun Paraskeva, Saint Basil the Great, the Apostle Peter, Alexei "the man of God", the Disciple Simeon kinsman of the Lord, the Martyress Paraskeva and the Nun-Martyr Evdokia.

1996-2001 by translator Fr. S. Janos.

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