The Finding of the Icon of our Lady of Kazan





The image of Our Lady of Kazan is said to have come to Russia from Constantinople in the 13th century. 

After a fire destroyed Kazan in 1579, the Virgin appeared in a prophetic dream to a 10-year-old girl named Matrona and told her where to find the sacred image. As instructed, Matrona told the archbishop about her dream, but he would not take her seriously. After two more such dreams, on July 8, 1579, the girl and her mother themselves dug up the icon, which  was buried under the ashes of a house, where it had been hidden long before to save it from the Tatars.

The unearthed icon looked as bright and beautiful as if it were new. The archbishop repented of his unbelief and took the icon to the Church of St. Nicholas, where a blind man was cured that same day. Father Hermogen, the priest at this church, later became Metropolitan of Kazan. He brought the icon to Kazan's Cathedral of the Annunciation and established July 8 as a feast in honor of the Theotokos of Kazan. It is from Hermogen's chronicle, written at the request of the tsar in 1595, that we know of these events.





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13 comments:

  1. Interesting. I'm not catholic but I do like to learn facts about other religions ☺️

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  2. I find stories like these fascinating, though also not catholic. Thank you for sharing this history lesson.

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  3. Very interesting. I love learning history from other religions and other Christian denominations.

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  4. How very interesting. Lots of history in some of these icons.

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  5. We can be grateful to the historians who kept journals, etc, so we can learn from those who have gone before us. It also reminds me to keep journals so those who come behind me can learn from my story, too.

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  6. It very beautiful! Love the history represented in these ancient artifacts.

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  7. Beautiful images. I also love reading about the history of these.

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  8. History is so important to remember! I didn't know anything about these paintings!

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  9. Very interesting, I hadn't heard about our lady of Kazan before... I guess I had seen that painting, but never really looked into it at all.

    Marissa

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