Devpeteruv Mother of God, Batyushkovo, Dmitrov, Moscow, Russia
|The Devpeteruv Mother of God is a Tenderness image, showing
Mother and Child cheek to cheek, as in the icon of Our Lady of
holds this icon to have appeared miraculously on February 29,
1392 (March 13 in the modern calendar), but there is no information available
about its early history or the origin of its name. The earliest written
record of a Devpeteruv Mother of God places the 12" image in the
stone Church of St. Nicholas built in 1666 in Batyushkovo, a village 35
miles from Moscow. In the 1930s, attackers killed the watchman and stole
the icon in its jeweled sheath. The image was found in the mud nearby,
stripped of ornament. The priest returned the picture to a place of honor
in the church. But in 1939, the Soviet regime turned the church in
Batyushkovo into a cow barn for a collective farm, where its icons were
cut up and burned. The building, restored with blue onion domes, returned
to the Russian Orthodox Church in 1997. At the request of a parishioner in
thanks for answered prayers, iconographer V. Kharlamov wrote a new
Devpeteruv Mother of God icon, placed on the northern pillar in St.
Nicholas Church in 1999. In 2001, a boy named Vitali came out of a coma
after his mother prayed before the icon. This miracle was depicted with 16
others around the edges of another Devpeteruv image which iconographer O.
Gundeevoy wrote in 2002, now on the left side of the iconostasis in the
church. In 1685, St. Pitirim took a copy of the Devpeteruvskaya to Tambov, 300 miles southeast of Moscow, when appointed as bishop there.
Although the Devpeteruv icon's feast day is February 28-29 / March
13, the Eparchy of Tambov celebrates the wonderworking Devpeteruv-Tambov
icon on St. Pitirim's day, July 28 / August 10. (Picture of the 2002
from the diocesan site, "Празднование
Information from that and other sources.)
Also commemorated this date:
Immaculate Conception, Georgetown, Guyana.
Cathedral blessed, 1921.