The Sedmiezernsk Icon of the Mother of God

Commemorated on July 28, October 13 and June 26

      The Sedmiezernsk Icon of the Mother of God was glorified by great miracles in the regions of the city of Kazan in the XVII Century. This holy icon was situated in the Sedmiezernsk hermitage near the city of Kazan. The founder of the monastery, the Monk Evphymii, placed in the temple of the newly established monastery the wonderworking icon of the Mother of God, brought by him from the city of Great Ustiug. In the middle of the XVII Century throughout all Russia there raged a deadly plague and it reached Kazan. There within a short time died 48,000 men, almost all the inhabitants of the city. And here, a certain pious monk had a vision in a dream: a radiant man came before him and commanded, that the inhabitants of the city should establish a seven-day fast and go out to meet the icon of the Mother of God coming to them for their deliverance from the Sedmiezernsk hermitage. The monk told the city-heads about the vision. A religious procession went out towards the icon of the Sedmiezernsk Mother of God, the icon was placed in a temple, and the deadly pestilence began to cease. The holy icon was in Kazan for an entire year, and when the pestilence was completely halted, – it was returned to the Sedmiezernsk monastery. The Mother of God gave Kazan deliverance from this epidemic a second time in 1771. All the Orthodox inhabitants of Kazan and its surroundings deeply revere this holy icon and from the Mother of God they receive healing from sickness and help in misfortune.

© 1996-2001 by translator Fr. S. Janos.