Icon of the Mother of God "the Blessed Heaven"


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Commemorated on March 6

The “Blessed Heaven” Icon of the Mother of God is on the iconostasis of the Moscow Archangel Cathedral in the Kremlin. Previously, this icon was at Smolensk and brought to Moscow by Sophia, the daughter of Lithuanian Prince Vitovt, when she became the wife of Prince Basil of Moscow in the fourteenth century.

On the icon, the Mother of God is depicted in full stature, with a scepter in Her right hand. On Her left arm is the Divine Infant, and both of them are crowned. Certain people also call this icon “What Shall We Call Thee?”

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