The Shestokhovsk ("Hearth"), or Sheltomezhsk, Icon of the Mother of God
Commemorated on March 6
("Hearth"), or Sheltomezhsk, Icon of the Mother of God revealed
itself in the mid XVIII Century at Moscow, in the family of a certain Nikolai
Dimitrievich Skripitsyn. One time a servant girl, whom they called blest, saw
in a dream that in a stove-chimney was hidden an icon of the Most Holy Mother of
God. The household paid no attention to her tale of this amazing dream, until a
linen bundle fell down on the hearth-stove the next day. In it was a fairly
large image of the Mother of God (approximately 2 by 1.5 meter). At the right
hand of the Mother of God were seen burn‑marks, evidencing that although
it had been in a fire, the holy icon miraculously had not burnt. The precious
icon, receiving the name "Shestokhovsk ("Hearth", from the word
"Shestok" meaning "Hearth"), was elegantly adorned by the
household and venerated with the deepest reverence. Before his death, the owner
of the house bestowed it in blessing upon his children.
© 1996-2001 by translator Fr. S. Janos.