Orthodox icon | Mother of God of Kazan | Kazanskaya | 24643.
About this icon:
In this icon, Jesus is depicted standing to the left of the Mother of God, rather than sitting on her hand. He raises his right hand in a gesture of blessing, while the Mother of God gently inclines her head towards the child.
The Legend of the Kazanskaya:
In 1579, the city of Kazan witnessed the birth of the Mother of God’s icon. The Mother of God, it’s said, manifested in a nine-year-old girl named Matrona’s dream three times. She directed Matrona to relay a message to the archbishop and city authorities: they must excavate her icon from the earth.
The Mother of God actively pinpointed the location of the icon, buried under the ashes of a house recently consumed by fire. Initially, her revelation went unnoticed. However, Matrona, resolved to accomplish the Mother of God’s mission, sought her mother’s help.
On July 8, Matrona’s mother initiated the digging at the identified site, but she didn’t find the icon immediately. The moment Matrona took charge of the excavation, the sacred icon surfaced. Despite its burial, the icon emerged miraculously unscathed, as if freshly painted.
The icon then embarked on a journey to Moscow before finding its final resting place in the Kazan Cathedral in St. Petersburg. The cathedral was explicitly built to provide a home for this venerated icon. Today, the Kazan icon of the Mother of God receives profound reverence in Russia. It adorns every church and graces the homes of the faithful.
Newlyweds bask in the blessings conferred through the Kazan icon of the Mother of God, while families invoke her mediation for their prosperity. The icon’s dedicated feast days light up the calendar on July 8th and October 22nd.
Intricate patterns decorate this icon magnificently, lending delicate finesse to the garbs of the portrayed figures.