Wednesday, May 04, 2011

Icon of the Mother of God "Staro Rus" Old Russian

Commemorated on May 4

The Staro Rus (Old Russian) Icon of the Mother of God was so named because for a long time it was in Staro Rus, where it had been brought by the Greeks from Olviopolis during the very first period of Christianity in Russia. The icon was in Staro Rus until the seventeenth century. In 1655 during a plague it was revealed to a certain inhabitant of the city of Tikhvin that the pestilence would cease if the wonderworking Staro Rus Icon were transferred there, and the Tikhvin Icon sent to Staro Rus.

After the transfer of the icons the plague ceased, but the people of Tikhvin did not return the icon and only in the eighteenth century did they give permission to make a copy of the Staro Rus Icon, which on May 4, 1768 was sent to Stara Russa. A feast was established in honor of this event. On September 17, 1888 the original was also returned to Staro Rus and a second Feast day established.

SAINT OR FEAST POSTED THIS DATE 2010(with 2009's link here also and further, 2008's):


π. Γεώργιος said...

The people of Tihvin did not return the icon of Staro Rus.But did the people of Staro Rus returned the Virgin Mary's icon of Tihvin back?
Answer please if you know when did they returned it back to Tihvin

Sophocles said...

π. Γεώργιος,


I'm sorry, I don't know the answer to that.