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Feast of the Kazan Icon of the Mother of God

July 21 2006

Today, 21 July, the Orthodox world celebrates the great holiday - the day of the Kazan Icon of the Mother of God. Many churches held solemn worship and religious processions. This icon, which was found miraculously girl matron in 1579, has a huge number of lists and is considered to be an assistant in the liberation of Moscow from foreign invaders in the 17 century.

In 1552, Ivan the Terrible conquered Kazan from the Tatars. In 1579 the same year, nine daughters Shooter Daniel Onuchina, Matron, Our Lady appeared and told him to dig out of the earth icon with her image in a particular place on earth, which was under Muslim rule, and send it to Bishop Jeremiah. Return icon was buried secret followers of the Christian doctrine.

After some time, the vision again and Matron told about it the mother. At first the mother did not believe the words of girls, but the vision was repeated a third time and the woman went with the news to the governors and the archbishop. Those not willing to believe, and then she decided to dig itself an icon of the earth. What is not digging in that spot, could not find the icon. But when undertaken business itself Matron, the icon was found.

Arrived at the scene of miracle Bishop Jeremiah suffered first icon in the church of Saint Nicholas, who was nearby, and then, to pray, with the procession moved to the icon of the Annunciation Cathedral of Kazan. Many Muslims to learn about the miracle of finding the icons, believed and accepted Christianity.

When the story about all these events had reached Moscow, who reigned at the time John had ordered built on the site gaining icons temple and nunnery. In this monastery have taken vows and Matron with her mother.

Later, the Mother of God of Kazan icon was making many miracles, healing the sick. But most of all she is known as a champion of the Russian state, has repeatedly helped the wars in the performance of their duty.

Among the icons of the Virgin of Kazan icon it has the largest number of lists. The original was in 1904, is considered lost.

In 2004, John Paul II gave the Russian Orthodox Church of the most respected list of icons. In 2005 this list was in front Alexy II Krestovozdvizheskoy church.

Based on materials from the National News Agency and the site "Russian Line".

Васильева Камилла

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