The Shuisk-Smolensk Wonderworking Icon of the Mother of God
Commemorated on Bright Tuesday, November 2, July 28
Shuisk-Smolensk Wonderworking Icon of the Mother of God was written in the
years 1654-1655 in the Resurrection parish of the city of Shui, where at the time
raged an unrelenting pestilence. Hoping on the mercy of God and the
intercession of the Mother of God, the parishioners of the Resurrection
[Voskresensk] church commissioned a certain pious monk to write the image of
the Smolensk Mother of God, – from of old being a rescuer of the Russian
people from enemies and misfortune. The whole week while the image was being
written was spent by the parishioners in prayer and fasting. When the icon was
finished, the priest and the people took it to the church and set it in a
specially built place. From that time the pestilence began to ease, at first in
the locale of the Voskresensk parish, and then also in all the city.
© 1996-2001 by translator Fr. S. Janos.