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Exquisite and refined icon adorned with multiple fields depicting various scenes and revered saints.
Mother of God “Unexpected Joy” (May 1 and December 9): This icon portrays a miracle linked to the Chernigov icon of the Mother of God. A sinner prayed fervently and witnessed the image of the Mother of God moving, with wounds and blood resembling Christ on the cross on the child’s arms and legs.
Mother of God “Softening the Evil Heart”: Originating in Western iconography and popularized in the 19th century, this depiction shows the Blessed Mother with seven swords symbolizing her seven sorrows.
Mother of God “Seeker of the Lost” (February 5): The icon originally resided in Moscow’s Church of the Nativity of Christ and was later relocated to the Alexandrov Orphanage. In this portrayal, the Christ child lovingly embraces the Mother of God.
Saint Great Martyr Barbara (December 4): Saint Barbara, a martyr and compassionate aid in times of need, is revered as the patroness of architects, girls, goldsmiths, firefighters, booksellers, and protection against fire hazards.
Saint Nicholas of Myra (December 6, May 9, and July 29): Saint Nicholas, the Archbishop of Myra in Lycia, holds a prominent and revered position in the Eastern and Latin Churches. He is the patron saint of children, childbirth, the elderly, travelers, seafarers, judges, lawyers, notaries, pharmacists, landlords, and the sacrament of marriage.
Saint Martyr Catherine of Alexandria (November 24 and 25): Saint Catherine, counted among the most illustrious saints, is honored as a martyr in the Catholic and Orthodox Churches. She is one of the four great holy virgins known as the “Virgines capitales.” Saint Catherine is sought as a helper for tongue-related ailments and language difficulties and is esteemed as the patroness of schools, philosophical faculties, and seamstresses.
Saint Martyrs Samonas and Gurias of Edessa and Habib (November 15): Samonas, a close companion of ascetic and priest Gurias from Edessa (now Sanliurfa), suffered martyrdom during the reigns of emperors Galerius and Maximianus. The deacon Habib is credited with burying the two martyrs. They are venerated together on a hill north of Edessa and regarded as patrons of marital fidelity.
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Saints Peter and Fevronia (June 25): Peter and Fevronia were noble princes and renowned miracle workers in Murom. They are honored as the patron saints of marriage.
Saint Martyr Julitta and her son Quiricus (July 15): These martyrs, persecuted under the Roman Emperor Diocletian in 304, serve as patrons for the protection of families and sick children.
Saint Martyr Agrippina of Rome (June 23): According to legend, Agrippina, the daughter of noble parents, sacrificed her life for her faith during the persecutions under Emperor Valerian in 258.