Temple, prayer, akathist to the Old Russian Icon of the Mother of God
Icons of the Queen of Heaven - the most revered shrines of the Orthodox Church. The strength and power that is radiated help many people, families, cities, countries in difficult periods of life, deprivation, illness. Heal from evil spirits. Guard.
The Old Russian Icon of the Mother of God possesses just such miraculous qualities.
The temple, the Akathist, the prayer, the celebration associated with this Shrine of Orthodoxy are described in this article.
And the Icon of the Mother of God is named in honor of the city - Staraya Russa, in the Novgorod region. Here the icon has been located since the time when it was brought by Greek settlers from the city of Olviopol (now the city of Kherson, which is on the territory of Ukraine). It was at the time of the birth of Christianity on the territory of Kievan Rus.
But in the middle of the XVII century in the city of Tikhvin, in the Leningrad region, a plague of plague broke out, which killed many people.
Then, a revelation from above came to one of Tikhvintsa that it was necessary to bring the Old Russian Icon of the Mother of God to the city to heal sick people and protect the area. What was carried out.
Only back Shrine was returned as much as 233 years. Tikhvins refused to give back the miraculous Face.
Only in 1768, the Rushanians agreed to write a copy for the Old Russian Temple. Where is it then and placed.
In September 1888, the original was solemnly transferred to the Spaso-Preobrazhensky Monastery, which was built specifically in honor of the Icon of the Mother of God of the Russian, to the hands of the Old Russ.
Here the Shrine was located until the Bolsheviks came to power. Then all the decorations from the Icon were removed, and the Face was transferred to the Museum of Local Lore.
When the German troops came to Russia in 1941, the Old Russian Icon of the Mother of God disappeared. But was later returned.
And currently located in the Temple of St. George the Victorious - in Staraya Russa. Her appearance here was a real miracle, as the frescoes of the monastery eloquently show. They depict the return of the Icon, which is carried high above the heads of the parishioners.One of the participants in the procession is the martyr Vladimir the Epiphany, who later became the Bishop of Starorussky.
The legends of those days say that during the transfer of this Shrine from Tikhvin to its rightful place (in Old Russa), many miracles took place.
One monk was present at the same time — Sergius, a resident of the Old Russian Transfiguration Monastery. He described one of the miraculous healings that occurred.
On the way, behind the Icon of the Mother of God, there was a group of women (15 people). They were not shouting their voices. It was said that a demon was infused into women.
And those who carried the Icon could not stand it, sympathized with the unfortunate and lowered the stretcher. And allowed women to approach Lika - each 12 times.
A real miracle happened: looking at the Shrine, those who healed with hot tears began to kiss the Icon and ask the Queen of Heaven for the salvation of their souls. And their prayer was heard.
Thus, there are several Old Russian Icons of the Mother of God. The first, written in the 13th century AD, depicts the Queen of Heaven with Jesus in her arms, who will turn her face to Mary.
The second was written in the XVIII century, as a copy of the first, when it was not possible to return the Icon to the city of Staraya Russa from Tikhvin.And after 180 years, when the original returned to its former, rightful place, the parishioners noticed the differences between the original and the copy. At the last, Jesus is on the left hand of Mary, and his face is turned away from her.
Sources claim that the cause of this was the neglect of the surface of the Shrine. She was completely covered in dirt and grime. And because the artist could not properly see Leakey.
The original Old Russian Icon of the Mother of God is the largest portable icon in the world, since its dimensions are:
- Width - 2.02 meters.
- Height - 2.78 meters.
Days of celebration
In those years, when the Shrine was located in Tikhvin, and then returned: first as a copy (May 17 in a new style), and after decades the original (October 1), the tradition of celebrating the holiday of the Old Russian Icon of the Mother of God originated among Old Russian worshipers .
In fact, you can celebrate and venerate the Shrines at any time of the year, but clergymen recommend that these days parishioners visit the church to pray and ask for help, support, healing from the Queen of Heaven.
And the answer will definitely come and a real miracle can happen.
The Old Russian Icon of the Mother of God is able to heal from various ailments, atone for sins, protect, help a confused person to embark on the true path.
The prayer to the Virgin at this Shrine begins with an appeal to the Queen of Heaven and the statement that Her Grace helps from all evils: mortal and human. Then follow the words of the Savior born by Her, through which human torment ended and eternal life was presented. Then there is a request that the Mother of God hear the prayer and convey these words to the Almighty. To bring down the grace from heaven to the lives of the lost. Appeal to the Virgin Mary, as the only Hope of desperate people. Request for salvation and preservation from detractors.
In the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. Amen.
The Old Russian Icon of the Mother of God is located in the Church of St. George the Victorious, in the city of Staraya Russa. And in 2015, in October (when the 20th week of Pentecost was), an evening service was held by the Metropolitan of Starorussky and Novgorod. And after that, the priest performed the akathist singing of the Most Holy Mother of God in front of the Old Russian Icon of the Mother of God.
In general, such a glorifying Queen of Heavenly hymn was composed in Byzantium in the 5th-7th centuries. In the modern Orthodox Church, the akathist to the Most Pure Virgin Mary occupies an honorable place, since of all the hymns is included in the liturgical charter.
And his performance at the Shrine of the Old Russian Icon of the Mother of God will be heard for sure.