Russian Orthodox Icons of the Mother of God
Our Lady of Vladimir, Our Lady of Kazan, and Our Lady of the Sign are among the most outstanding Russian Orthodox icons venerated by Christian believers throughout the world. Each of them is unique, with its own history and legends. However, while these three Russian Orthodox icons of the Mother of God are the most famous, there are actually many other important Marian icons you should know about, especially taking into account that many of them are considered miracle-working. We already wrote about several of these holy icons in our previous articles, but let us draw your attention to four more renowned Russian Orthodox icons of the Theotokos.
- Icon of the Mother of God “Seven Arrows”
The icon of the Mother of God “Seven Arrows” (see photo above) appeared in Russia only in the 18th century, though it has already been known for, at least, 500 years. This antique icon depicts the Virgin Mary alone, with her heart pierced by seven arrows that symbolize the pain she experienced on earth.
- Icon of the Mother of God “Quick to Hear”
The original miracle-working icon of the Mother of God “Quick to Hear,” which is believed to be painted in the 10th century, is currently located at the Dochiariou monastery on Mount Athos. However, antique Russian Orthodox icons with this image also exist and can be found in many churches and monasteries across the country.
- Icon of the Mother of God “Of the Three Hands”
The icon of the Mother of God “Of the Three Hands” is a Hodegetria-style Orthodox icon that is also believed to be miracle-working. According to the legend, it was this antique icon that gave healing to St. John of Damascus by reattaching his severed hand and bringing it back to life. The most venerated icon of the Mother of God “Of the Three Hands,” painted in the 9th century, is now preserved on Mount Athos, with its many copies spread throughout the world, including Russia.
- Icon of the Mother of God “The Inexhaustible Chalice”
Since it first revealed itself in 1878, the icon of the Mother of God “The Inexhaustible Chalice” has been one of the most revered Russian Orthodox icons, known for its many miracles of healing. It is probably the best Christian icon to pray with in case you need help with overcoming drug, alcohol, or any other addiction.
Needless to say that there are many other important Russian Orthodox icons of the Mother of God, highly venerated throughout the whole Christian world. We will try to tell more about them in our future articles!