Smolensk icon of Theotokos (Hodegetria)

Smolensk icon of Theotokos (Hodegetria)
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blessed. Virgin


 
Direct print on linden panel.
 
Feast day: July 28 (August 10 by Gregorian calendar)
Painted by Dionysius. Kept in a private collection. The icon belongs to the 'Hodegetria' iconographic type. On the icon, one can see the Mother of God with Her right hand pointed at Baby Christ sitting on Her left hand. Theotokos shows the right path, which is the path to Christ, the path from sin and death to salvation and life eternal.
According to a Church legend, the Hodegetria icon was brought to Russia from Byzantium in the 11th century.
According to a Church legend, the Hodegetria icon was brought to Russia from Byzantium in the 11th century. From the 12th century till 1941 it was kept in the Dormition Cathedral of Smolensk. The icon disappeared during the German occupation of the city. Its further whereabouts remain unknown. Yet its wonderworking copies and replicas still exist and continue to heal the faithful through Her prayers. People would pray before the Smolensk icon of Theotokos for recovery from incurable diseases, peace in families, and in other difficult situations that appear hard to tackle.


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