Orthodox icon | Mother of God "Joy of the Oppressed" | 24931

Russian icon

34 x 30 cm | 13.4 x 11.8 in

Beginning of the 19th century

Antike original russische Ikone aus dem 19. Jahrhundert.


The Mother of God is shown in full form on this icon, in royal robes. Before her are afflicted people afflicted with various diseases and sorrows, led by angels. Remembrance Day: October 24.

This icon of the Mother of God became known at the end of the 17th century. The sister of Patriarch Joachim of Moscow, who lives in Moscow, suffered from a serious illness for a long time. One day while praying she heard a voice: “Evfimija! In your suffering, why don’t you take refuge in the one who heals everyone? In the Church of the Transfiguration of my Son there is my picture called Joy of All the Afflicted. Ask a priest to bring this picture, and when he has celebrated a prayer service with a dedication of water, you will be healed.” Evfimija heeded the request of the All Holy Mother of God and became healthy.

Top down:

  • The Archangel Michael with the text: “Thus says the Lord”. Next to it: “Joy of all oppressed starving”.
  • The Archangel Gabriel with the text: “Rejoice and be glad”. Next to it: “Joy of all oppressed bearing great burden”.
  • Saint Martyr Boniface of Tarsus (December 19).
  • Saint Martyr George the Victorious (April 23).
  • Saint John Chrysostom, Patriarch of Constantinople (January 27).
  • Saint Basil the Great, Metropolitan of Caesarea (January 1).
  • Saint Apostles Andrew (November 30), Peter and Paul (July 29): “the great name of the Holy Trinity”.

Across from:

  • Saint Righteous Anne, mother of the Blessed Virgin Mary (July 25).
  • Saint Martyr Photini, Confessor (March 20).
  • Saint Venerable Niphon, Bishop of Constantia, Cyprus (December 23).
  • Saint Sergei of Radonezh, founder of the monastery (September 25).
  • Saint Maron of Beit-Marun, hermit and abbot (February 14).
  • Saint righteous Job with the text: “…if we accept the good from the hand of the Lord…”.
  • Saint Venerable Pimen (August 27) and Joseph.

Below from left to right:

  • “Most Holy Virgin, lead the stranger home…”
  • “Most Holy Virgin, be the leader of those sailing on the water…”
  • “Most Holy Virgin, visit the imprisoned…”

At the bottom the four groups with an angel:

  • “Most Holy Virgin, give walking to the paralyzed…”
  • “Most Holy Virgin, give healing to the sick…”
  • “Most Holy Virgin, give food to the starving…”
  • “Most Holy Virgin, give clothing to the naked…”

Background gilded. Rare and very beautiful representation.

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