Ozerianka Icon of God of Shuiu-Smolensk


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Commemorated on November 2

(also celebrated on July 11, July 28 & Bright Tuesday)

The Shuiu-Smolensk Wonderworking Icon of the Mother of God was written in 1654-1655 in the Church of the Resurrection located in Shuiu, Russia, where an unrelenting plague raged at that time. Trusting in the mercy of God and the intercession of the Mother of God, the faithful at the Church of the Resurrection commissioned a pious monk to write the icon of the Smolensk Mother of God, one that had been attributed with being a rescuer of the Russian people from enemies and misfortune.

The faithful spent the whole week in prayer and fasting while the image was being created. When the icon was finished, the priest and the people took it to the church and set it in a specially built place. From that time, the plague began to ease, at first in the area of the church, and then in the city.

From this Icon of the Mother of God, many miracles of healing took place, especially of eye diseases. This icon is also celebrated on July 11, July 28, and Bright Tuesday.

By permission of the Orthodox Church in America (www.oca.org)