The Yaroslav-Smolensk Icon of the Mother of God
Commemorated on October 12
The Yaroslav-Smolensk Icon of the Mother of God was the cell icon of the archimandrite of the Trinity-Sergiev Lavra, Antonii. On 12 October 1642 during the time of prayer he heard from the icon – the Smolensk Hodegetria – a voice: "Go, go to the limits of the city of Yaroslavl', to a newly-made monastery in My name". Archimandrite Antonii sent this icon with the Monk Gersaim to the indicated monastery, being built in the forest, not far from Yaroslavl'. The wonderworking icon was set in the monastery church in the altar area.
© 1996-2001 by translator Fr. S. Janos.