Orthodox icon | Mother of God of Kazan | Kazanskaya | 24777.
In the image, Jesus stands to the left of the Mother of God. He doesn’t sit on her hand. He raises his right hand in blessing. The Mother of God tilts her head towards Jesus.
The Mother of God’s icon appeared in Kazan in 1579. Matrona, a nine-year-old girl, had three dreams. In these dreams, the Mother of God told her about her buried icon. She told Matrona where to find it.
Matrona informed the archbishop and city leaders, but they ignored her. Undeterred, Matrona and her mother began to dig on July 8. Initially, their search yielded nothing. However, Matrona soon unearthed the icon, which astonishingly appeared brand new.
Officials transported the icon to Moscow. In 1811, they displayed it in the Kazan Cathedral in St. Petersburg. Russians cherish this icon. You can find it in every church and in homes of the faithful. It blesses newlyweds and witnesses prayers for family prosperity. The celebrations for this icon occur on July 8 and October 22.
Artists vividly painted the entire icon. It features a metal riza with gold-gilded halos. Two angels proudly present a crown above the main figures.