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Today is the big feast

November 4 2006

On this day, Orthodox Christians revere the icon of Kazan Mother of God. History of gaining sanctuary goes back to the days of Ivan the Terrible.

The image of the miraculous icon was revealed in Kazan - in 1579. Half the city was then destroyed by fire.

According to legend, the holy visage appeared in a dream nine daughters Shooter - Matron. Later, in other dreams, the girl herself is the Queen of Heaven, commanding convey the archbishop and the city authorities their will - to extract from the land of her image and indicated the place of his acquisition.

The icon was found on the site burned down the house her parents. The image was formally transferred to the nearby Church of St. Nicholas, Tula, and after committing a prayer, an icon, with honors was transmitted to the Annunciation Cathedral.

The archbishop and the city authorities, removing the list with new-found image and describing its acquisition and subsequent miracles, the gift was sent to Moscow - to the Tsar Ivan the Terrible. The king on the spot gaining icons ordered to build a wooden temple - in the name of new-found image as well as to arrange a nunnery here to put the icon.

With the icon of Kazan Mother of God linked the names of all the monarchs of the Romanov dynasty - a single major event they have not started and never finished except in front of the shrine.

In 1904, the miraculous image of the Mother of God of Kazan Monastery was stolen and naydent only shortly before the Second World War. The icon was found abroad - first it was kept in the women's monastery of Fatima, and then was officially handed over to the Vatican. Eventually, she became a beloved icon of Pope John Paul II. It is noteworthy that the image of Our Lady of Kazan is made in the ancient traditions of iconography, and fundamentally different from the Catholic images, so that veneration of the icons of the head of the Roman Church is an amazing fact.

In the end, the icon of Our Lady of Kazan was returned to Russia. Today, the historical list is in the capital Epiphany Cathedral.

On materials of "Zavet.Ru" and "Millennium of Kazan".

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