The Icon of the Mother of God, named "Graced of Heaven" ("Blagodatnoe Nebo")
Commemorated on March 6
The Icon of the
Mother of God, named "Graced of Heaven" ("Blagodatnoe
Nebo"), is situated on the iconostas of the Moscow Archangel cathedral
of the Kremlin. It is known, that this image was earlier situated at Smolensk
and brought to Moscow by Sophia, daughter of the Lithuanian prince Vitovt, when
she became the spouse of the Moscow prince Vasilii Dmitrievich (1389-1425). On
the icon, the Mother of God is imaged in full stature. On Her left arm is the
Divine-Infant. Certain people call also this image of the Mother of God
"What Name we Thee" ("Chto Tya narechem").
© 1996-2001 by translator Fr. S. Janos.