Theotokos of Pochayiv

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Holy icon of the Theotokos of Pochaiv, set in the golden diadem presented by Pope Clement XIV.

Theotokos of Pochayiv (Ukrainian: Почаївська ікона Пресвятої Богородиці) is an Eastern Orthodox icon of the Virgin Mary, painted in a late Byzantine style, of the Eleusa iconographic type. Like many famous icons, it is now usually displayed with most of the surface covered by an elaborate frame in precious metals, or riza, except for the faces.

The icon is worshipped[clarification needed] equally by Orthodoxes and Catholics.

The origin of the icon is not clear. It is painted in old Byzantine manner, hence it could be made in either Byzantium or Bulgaria.

The Catholic icon of The Holy Virgin of Pochaiv. Second half of the 19th century. From the Museum of Ukrainian Home Icons (Radomysl Castle, Ukraine)[1]

It has been in the Pochayiv Lavra (monastery), in Ternopil oblast, Ukraine, since 1597, when it was given by a wealthy widow Anna or Hanna Hoyska, who owned the town of Pochayiv in second half of the 16th century. Anna had received the sacred image from the Greek metropolitan Neophyte.[2]

In 1773, the pope Clement XIV, meeting the request of the count Nicolas Potocki sent two small golden crowns for the icon - one for the Holy Virgin, the other for Jesus. Thus th icon was acknowledged as wonder-making.

According to some sources, the Virgin Mary depicted on the icon helped to heal Philip, the brother of Hanna Hoyska, from blindness. Later, the Theotokos of Pochayiv acquired a reputation as a miracle-working icon. The day of the Theotokos of Pochayiv icon is marked by Orthodox communities on 5 August.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Bogomolets O. Radomysl Castle-Museum on the Royal Road Via Regia". — Kyiv, 2013 ISBN 978-617-7031-15-3
  2. ^ "О тебе радуется", из книги Н.Дмитриевой, "Pravoslavie.RU" Russian Orthodox Portal, August 2005, in Russian
  3. ^ Thousands Make Pilgrimage To Pochaiv, by Ukrainian Orthodox Church (Moscow Patriarchate), through Religious Information Service of Ukraine Portal News, August 2002