On this icon, Jesus does not sit in the arms of the Moth of God, but stands to her left. His right hand is raised to a blessing. The head of the Mother of God is slightly tilted towards the child.
The Icon of the Mother of God appeared in 1579 in the city of Kazan. To a young girl in Kazan, nine-year-old Matrona, Our Lady appeared three times in a dream and asked her to instruct the archbishop and the city guides to dig up her icon from the earth. Our Lady designated the place where one should look for her icon under a pile of ashes of a house that had just been burned. But the girl’s words were not heeded. Then she decided, with the help of her mother, to fulfill the mission of Our Lady. On July 8, Matrona’s mother began digging at the place that showed her daughter. But the icon was not found. After that, Matrona began to dig, and soon the sacred icon appeared. Although the icon had been in the earth, the icon was completely intact, and it seemed as if the icon had just been painted. Later it was brought to Moscow and in 1811 it was placed in the Kazan Cathedral in St. Petersburg, built especially for the icon. The Icon of the Mother of God of Kazan is especially venerated in Russia. This image can be found in every church, in every believing family. With the Mother of God icon of Kazan, bridal couples are blessed, before her they pray for the well-being of the family. The Icon of the Mother of God of Kazan is particularly venerated in Russia.
Festive days of the icon: 8 July and 22 October.