Orthodox icon | Mother of God of Kazan | Kazanskaya | 24737.
In this professional portrayal, Jesus stands beside the Mother of God, not seated on her lap. He lifts His right hand in a gesture symbolizing blessing. The Mother of God tilts her head gently towards Jesus, signifying her deep affection and reverence.
The history of this iconic depiction traces back to 1579 in Kazan. The Mother of God chose a nine-year-old girl named Matrona, appearing to her three times in a dream. Following these divine encounters, Matrona informed the archbishop and city officials about the location of a concealed icon, hidden beneath the remains of a recently burned house.
Despite the importance of her message, it initially fell on deaf ears.
Undaunted, with unwavering faith and her mother’s support, Matrona pursued the mission. On July 8, when their initial search bore no results, Matrona personally undertook the task, unearthing the sacred icon. Miraculously, despite its time underground, the icon retained its pristine condition, appearing freshly painted.
This invaluable icon eventually journeyed to Moscow, and by 1811, it took its esteemed position in the Kazan Cathedral in St. Petersburg, a cathedral specifically erected for this venerated icon. The Kazan icon of the Mother of God enjoys a revered status in Russia, gracing every church and held dear by devout families.
As a tradition, soon-to-be-wed couples receive its blessing, while families invoke its intercession, praying for prosperity and safety. Celebrations in its honor occur on July 8 and October 22.
Enhancing its splendor, the icon sports a metallic riza, with halos embellishing both Jesus and the Mother of God. Adding to its magnificence, two angels bear a gilded crown. Craftsmen have used oil paint to achieve its exquisite finish.