Icon of Theotokos 'Pantanassa' (Panachranta)

Icon of Theotokos 'Pantanassa' (Panachranta)
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blessed. Virgin


 
Direct print on linden panel.
Feast day: August 18 (31). The Icon dates back to the 17th century; it was painted in Vatopedi monastery on Mount Athos. It belongs to the 'Panachranta' ('All-Merciful') type, close to 'Hodegetria.' Characteristic for this type is the depiction of Theotokos sitting on a throne with Baby Christ in Her lap. The throne symbolizes the royal dignity of the Mother of God as the most perfect among the women. This type of icons of Theotokos emerged in Byzantium in the 11th - 12th centuries. In the 17th century, a queer person appeared before the icon 'Pantanassa' on Mount Athos. He stood in front of the icon, mumbling something indistinct. Suddenly, the image of Theotokos glistened like a thunderbolt, and an invisible power threw the young man down. As soon as he recovered, he went to the Fathers for the confession. As it turned out, this person was very far from God; he had been engaged in magic, and came to the monastery in order to check his powers on holy icons. The miracle intercession by Theotokos convinced him to change his life and become a pious Christian. He was cured from his spiritual illness and stayed on Mount Athos. Thus the icon manifested its miraculous power for the first time. Later the icon worked its miracles on persons ill with cancer, and the icon named 'Pantanassa' became famous throughout the world as the healer of cancer. /span>

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