Celebration in honor of the Pochaev Icon of the Mother of God (05/08)

The Pochaev Icon of the Mother of God is one of the most revered shrines of the Russian Orthodox Church. She is known throughout the Slavic world: she is honored in Russia, Bosnia, Serbia, Bulgaria and other countries. Along with the Orthodox, Christians of other confessions also come to worship the miraculous image of the Most Holy Theotokos.

In the Pochaev Lavra (a monastery in the Ternopil region of Ukraine), an ancient stronghold of Orthodoxy, the miraculous icon has been staying for about 400 years. The miracles that flow from the holy icon are numerous and are attested in the monastic books by the records of believers who prayed for deliverance from incurable ailments, deliverance from captivity and admonishment of sinners.

The celebration in honor of the Pochaev Icon of the Mother of God on August 5 (according to the new style) was established in memory of the deliverance of the Assumption Pochaev Lavra from the Turkish siege on July 20-23, 1675 (according to the old style).