Celebrating in honor of the icon of the Mother of God “Softening Evil Hearts” (Seven-Rest) (26/08)

The miraculous icon of the Mother of God “Softener of Evil Hearts” is located in the Church of St. John the Theologian-Seven-strelnaya, on a churchyard, not far from the city of Vologda. The icon depicts the Most Holy Mother of God, pierced by seven arrows (from which the icon also received its other name - the Seven-Arrow).

The icon depicts the gospel narrative of how, on the fortieth day after the Nativity of Christ, the righteous Joseph and the Blessed Virgin Mary brought the Divine Infant to the temple to perform rituals over him according to the Law of Moses. They were met in the temple by the holy elder Simeon, who announced to those present that this Infant was the promised Messiah. Addressing the Mother of God, the righteous Simeon said: “Behold, this lies for the fall and the rising of many in Israel and for the subject of controversy, and Your very own weapon will pierce the soul.”

Symbolically, the grief of the Mother of God is depicted on the icon with seven arrows piercing her heart. For a long time the holy image was at the turn of the stairs of the bell tower of the church of the holy Apostle John the Theologian, near Vologda. The icon turned face down was mistaken for an ordinary board, on which the ringers of this church usually walked.