March 16

Vladimir Mother of God, Volokolamsk, Volokolamsky District, Moscow Oblast, Russia

On March 2, 1572, a copy of the Mother of God of Vladimir icon arrived at the Dormition Monastery of St. Joseph in Volokolamsk. It was honored there until the 1917 revolution, when the monastery was turned into a museum and its icons taken to Moscow. The Vladimirskaya of Volokolamsk is now in the Central Museum of Ancient Russian Culture and Art of Andrei Rublev in Moscow (source of picture, right). The icon shows the Virgin with two saints who brought the original Vladimir icon to Moscow: St. Cyprian, Metropolitan of Moscow in 1395 when the icon came to the city's defense during Tamerlane's seige, and St. Gerontius, Metropolitan of Moscow in 1480 when the Vladimir icon moved there permanently. Most Orthodox calendars list the feast day of the Mother of God of Volokolamsk as March 3 (Julian) or 16 (Gregorian). (Information from The Orthodox Church in America,, and other sources.)

Also commemorated this date:

bulletNotre-Dame-de-la-Garde, Dahouët, Pléneuf-Val-André, Côtes-d'Armor, Bretagne, France. Statue blessed, 1874. Pardon August 15.
bulletVirgen del Sufragio, Benidorm, Alicante, Valencia, Spain (Virgin of Help). Statue found, 1740.

Where We Walked ~~~ Mary Ann Daly