Wednesday, November 15, 2006

The Shuiu-Smolensk Wonderworking Icon

Today the Church commemorates the wonder-working icon of the Mother of God of Shuiu-Smolensk.

In its story, lie the basic messages of Christian belief, the power of faith, the gift of forgiveness and the promise of everlasting life.

During the years 1654 and 1655, a terrible pestilence raged in the city of Shuiu. Trusting in the mercy of God and the intercession of the Mother of God, the parishioners of Resurrection Church commissioned a pious monk to paint an icon of the Smolensk Mother of God, an icon long held to be a rescuer of Russian people from misfortune.

During the week the image was being painted, the parishioners prayed and fasted. After the icon was finished, the priest and people took it to the church and set it in a specially built place. From that time, the pestilence began to ease, beginning in the area of the Resurrection Church and later in all the city.

Many miracles of healing have taken place since, especially of eye diseases.


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