Celebration in honor of the Vladimir Icon of the Mother of God (03/06)

The Vladimir icon of the Mother of God (the icon of the Mother of God) is considered miraculous and, according to legend, was written by the Evangelist Luke on a board from the table at which the Holy Family ate: the Savior, the Mother of God and the righteous Joseph the Betrothed. The Mother of God, seeing this image, said: “From now on, all generations will bless Me. The Grace of the One Born of Me and Mine will be with this icon.”

The icon was brought to Russia from Byzantium at the beginning of the 12th century as a gift to Yuri Dolgoruky from the Patriarch of Constantinople Luke Chrysoverha. The icon was placed in the nunnery of Vyshgorod, not far from Kiev, and the rumor about its miraculous works reached the son of Yuri Dolgoruky, Prince Andrei Bogolyubsky, who decided to transport the icon to the north.

Passing Vladimir, the horses carrying the miraculous icon stood up and could not move. Replacing the horses with new ones also did not help. The prince saw in this the desire of the Mother of God to remain in Vladimir, where in two years the Church of the Assumption of the Virgin was built. The celebration in honor of the Vladimir Icon of the Most Holy Theotokos takes place several times a year (June 3, July 6, September 8). The most solemn celebration takes place on September 8 (according to the new style), established in honor of the meeting of the Vladimir Icon when it was transferred from Vladimir to Moscow.