Orthodox icon | Mother of God of Tikhvin | Tikhvinskaya.
About the depiction:
This is a classical icon of the Mother of God. She directs her gaze towards the incarnate Son of God, who is seated on a majestic throne. With a gesture of blessing, he holds a scroll in his hand. On the periphery of the icon, we find depictions of a Guardian Angel, Saint Martyr Leonidas of Corinth, Saint Martyr Christopher, Saint Venerable Elizabeth, and Saint Peter the Apostle.
The icon of the Mother of God made its appearance on a cloud above Lake Ladoga in 1383. Fishermen, casting their nets, witnessed an extraordinary light illuminating an icon suspended above the water. Carried by angels, the icon manifested in several locations before eventually settling near the Tichvinka River, close to the city of Tichvin.
A church dedicated to the Dormition of the Mother of God was constructed on this site. Although the church suffered destruction from fires on three occasions, the icon housed within always remained unharmed. This icon holds deep reverence throughout Russia, and people particularly seek her intercession for the well-being and healing of children. The feast day associated with this icon is celebrated on June 26th.
The saints on the sides:
Saint Martyr Leonidas of Corinth (commemorated on April 16th) is often equated with Bishop Leonidas of Athens following his martyrdom.
Saint Martyr Christopher, also known as “the dog-headed,” is an esteemed figure celebrated on May 9th and November 9th. Depicted as a towering figure with a staff, he courageously carries the infant Jesus upon his shoulders while crossing a river. He holds a revered position as one of the Fourteen Holy Helpers and is widely acclaimed as the patron saint of travelers.
Saint Venerable Elizabeth (celebrated on April 24th) served as the head of the St. Cosmas and Damian Convent in Constantinople. Due to her devout and compassionate life, she received the gracious gift from God to heal illnesses.
According to the New Testament, Saint Peter was one of the Twelve Apostles of Jesus Christ and played a prominent role in leading the early Church. He met his martyrdom through crucifixion in Rome during the reign of Emperor Nero. Tradition holds that Peter was the first bishop of Rome and is also recognized as the first patriarch of Antioch within Eastern Christian tradition.