Tikhvin icon of Theotokos (with the Akathist, 16th cent.)

Tikhvin icon of Theotokos (with the Akathist, 16th cent.)
/upload/iblock/065/bfaeea29143ca9bafc4c276376327559.jpg Tikhvin icon of Theotokos (with the Akathist, 16th cent.)
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blessed. Virgin


 
Direct print on linden panel.

The icon belongs to the 'Hodegetria' iconographic type. The icon depicts the Mother of God, with Her right hand pointing at baby Christ sitting on Her left hand. Theotokos shows the true way, the way to Christ. The icon is unique in combining the akathist cycle with the image of Theotokos' wonderworking icon. At present, the icon is kept in the Pskov state museum.
According to the Tradition, the image on the Tikhvin icon of the Mother of God, was first painted by Apostle Luke. Originally the icon stayed in Antioch, then found itself in Jerusalem. In the 5th cent., the icon was taken to Constantinople. In 1383, 70 years before the fall of the Byzantine Empire, the icon disappeared from Constantinople, and was taken by angels to the waters of Ladoga lake. Then, moving in the air along the Valaam archipelago, it stayed for a while over Voshchany island, where it was seen by local fishermen. Finally, the icon stopped in the vicinity of the city of Tikhvin, where a church was built in the name of Dormition of the Mother of God. At present, the original image is kept in the Tikhvin monastery of the city. Staying in Russia, the icon protects and keeps safe our Motherland through the prayers of Theotokos.


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