- Beautiful Icon Egg of Virgin Of Kazan - Looks beautiful on Gold metal Stand
- Includes gold metal stand as pictured
- Size of the egg 3 3/4 inch size with stand 4 1/4 inch
- Made by hand in Russia
- Egg symbolizing love and new life
VIRGIN OF KAZAN ICONO fervent intercessor, Mother of the Lord Most High,pray to thy Son Christ Our Godand save all that seek your protection.O Sovereign Lady and Queenhelp and defend all of us….Troparion of the Virgin of Kazan.Church prescribed Icon Painting Manuals define how each of these icons should be painted to convey Mary’s loving and motherly attributes. The Kazan icon is a close up variant of the Hodegetria (Directress – She who points the way to Christ) style. The Virgin Mary is portrayed looking straight ahead with a standing full figure of the Christ child with His hand extended in blessing.The KAZAN MOTHER OF GOD is one of the most beloved icons of the THEOTOKOS to the Russian faithful. The icon played a large part in the religious and political life of Russia.The Virgin Mary through her Kazan icon is seen as the “protectress” of Christianity as well as the Russian nation, people and particularly the city of St Petersburg.In the many stories attached to the Kazan icon it is uncertain which was the original icon – it is known there were many as nine miracle working copies throughout Russia. The importance is what the “icon” symbolizes the “protecting” gaze of the Mother of God.HISTORY OF THE ICON.The original rendering of the Kazan icon is believed to have come to the city of Kazan from Constantinople in the 13th century. The icon disappeared after the Tartars conquered the ancient city of Kazan in 1438. In 1552 Tsar Ivan the Terrible conquered Kazan from the Tartars and restored Christianity.In 1579 the Virgin appeared in dreams to a young God fearing young girl named Matrona and told her to find her (the Virgin’s) icon in the ashes of a destroyed home. The Virgin by this sign confirmed and more fully established the Christian faith to the many including new converts to Christianity. The icon was enshrined in Kazan’s Cathedral of the Holy Annunciation where it healed many people of their illnesses.The icon remained in Kazan until Russia was invaded in 1612 by its neighbor Poland. The Kazan army took the miraculous icon with them to Moscow and then to Yaroslav until Moscow was secured. In thanksgiving and to honor the Mother of God in her icon of Kazan, a Cathedral was built on Red Square (in Moscow). Stalin in 1936 destroyed this cathedral and erected public toilets on the site. After the fall of Communism, a new Cathedral was built on the same scale and location with funds collected from the Russian people. The Cathedral was dedicated in 1993 and President Clinton visited it in January 1994 on his visit to Moscow.The Kazan Mother of God icon is the patron of St. Petersburg. In 1683 Bishop Mitrophanius of Voronezh predicted to Peter the Great that he would found a new capital city dedicated to the Apostle Peter which would be protected as long as the icon was there. In 1710 Peter the Great had the icon taken to St Petersburg to the Church of the Nativity of the Mother of God. Some believe the original icon was destroyed in a fire in that church.Michael Kutuzov and the Russians sought the protection of the Mother of God through the Kazan icon in the War of 1812 against the French. In thanksgiving to the Virgin, a magnificent cathedral (patterned after St Peter’s in Rome) was constructed on the fashionable Nevsky Prospect in St Petersburg where the Tsar and his family attended on major holidays. There a Mother of God of Kazan icon (original or not) was stolen in 1904. This was long considered a bad omen by the Russian people.During the long siege of St Petersburg in World War II by the Germans, the Metropolitan of Mount Lebanon, Elias Salibi, prayed for the safety of the people of St Petersburg. The icon appeared to the Metropolitan three times and told him the war would not end until the closed churches and monasteries are open and the repressed priests released. The Virgin directed that her icon, the Kazan Mother of God should be taken to the front line in Leningrad (St Petersburg), Moscow and Stalingrad.The icon was taken to the front lines and the Russian people did not surrender, the icon gave courage and preserved the Russian people. The original telegrams and letters from the Metropolitan are said to be in the Russian archives. After the War Stalin invited the Metropolitan to Russia where he was presented with a copy of the icon and a panagia with the Kazan icon. This accounts for her special title as Protectress of St Petersburg.An icon believed to be the original (or a good copy) was stolen in 1904. This was regarded as a bad omen for the Russian state. The icon surfaced in Europe after the Second World War – some believe it was offered in auction by the Communist state. Regardless of its origin, the icon was purchased by the Roman Catholic organization called the Blue Army. This organization is responsible for the operation of the shrine of Our Lady of Fatima. There the icon was enshrined and venerated by pilgrims at the Fatima Shrine. The icon was popular because of the promises of Fatima in relationship to Russia. The sainted Pope John Paul II knowing the icon asked that it be sent to his papal apartment where it remained until it was returned to the Russian faithful on August 28, 2004, on the Old Calendar Feast of the Dormition – Assumption – the Falling Asleep of the Mother of God. Pope John Paul, seeing the Virgin Mary as the “bridge” between Catholics and Orthodox, desired to hand deliver the icon to Russia but the Catholic and Orthodox churches could never agree on the return. The actual return was shortly before Pope John Paul’s death.There are two feast days of the Virgin as revealed in the icon of Kazan: (1) July 8th commemorating the finding of the icon in 1502 and (2) October 22nd the day the icon is credited with saving Russia and St Petersburg in the Second World War.