Mother of God "Assuage My Sorrow," Moscow, Russia
In the mid-1600s, Cossack troops fighting for the Czar brought this
icon from Shklov in Belarus to Moscow, installing it in the Church of St.
Nicholas in Pupyshev in the old central district of Zamoskvorechie.
Today's feast commemorates the miraculous healing of Boyarynya, a
noblewoman who lived far away. Doctors were unable to help Boyarynya,
whose legs were paralyzed. In a dream, she saw an image of the Mother of
God and heard a voice saying that she could find this icon, called
"Assuage My Sorrow," in the Church of St. Nicholas in Pupyshev
in Moscow, and that if she prayed before it, she would be healed. So
Boyaryna journeyed to Moscow. She found the church, but it contained no
such object. So the priest brought down some old icons from storage in the
bell tower. One of these bore the inscription "Assuage My
Sorrow." On seeing the dust-covered image, the woman exclaimed,
"It is she!" After a Moleben prayer service, Boyarynya could move
freely. She walked from the church without help. This miracle of January
25, 1760 (February 7 in the modern calendar) made the icon famous
throughout Russian Orthodoxy. When the Church of St. Nicholas in Pupyshev
closed in 1930, the holy image moved to its current location nearby, the
Church of St. Nicholas in Kuznetskaya. The transfer of the icon from
Belarus to Moscow is celebrated on September 25 / October 9.
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