The Appearance of the Kaluzhsk Icon of the Mother of God
Commemorated on September 2, October 12, July 18 and on the first Sunday of the Apostles' Fast.
The Appearance of the Kaluzhsk
Icon of the Mother of God occurred in 1748 in the village of Tinkova, near
Kaluga, at the home of the landowner Vasilii Kondrat'evich Khitrov. Two
servants of Khitrov were examining old things in the attic of his home. One of
them, Evdokia, noted for her unconstrained temper, was given to rough and even
indecorous language. Her companion began to admonish her and while arguing she
discovered a large package covered in a grimy sackcloth. Undoing it, the girl
saw the picture of a woman in dark garments with a book in her hands.
Considering it to be the portrait of a woman monastic and wanting to bring
Evdokia to her senses, she accused her of being disrespectful to the
hegumeness. Evdokia answered the scolding words of her companion, and becoming
increasingly angry, she spit at the picture. Immediately she became convulsed
and fell down senseless. Her frightened companion reported about what had
happened throughout the household. The next night, The Queen of Heaven appeared
to Evdokia's parents and told them, that their daughter had jeered at Her
blasphemously and She ordered them to make a molieben before the insulted icon,
and to sprinkle the invalid with holy water at the molieben. After the molieben
Evdokia recovered, and Khitrov took the wonderworking icon into his own home,
where abundantly issued forth healings to those approaching it with faith.
Afterwards they conveyed the icon to the parish temple in honour of the
Nativity of the MostHoly Mother of God in the village of Kaluzhka. A copy of it
was dispatched to Kaluga. At the present time it is situated in the cathedral
church of Kaluga.
Through this icon the Mother of God has repeatedly manifest Her protection of the Russian Land during its difficult times. The celebration of the Kaluga Icon on 2 September was established in remembrance of the deliverance from an ulcerous plague in 1771. A second celebration was established 12 October, in memory of the saving of Kaluga from the French invasion of 1812. In 1898 there was established a celebration on 18 July in gratitude to the Mother of God for safe-guarding against cholera. Celebration is made likewise on the 1st Sunday of the Peter fast.
© 1996-2001 by translator Fr. S. Janos.