The Icon of the Mother of God “In Giving Birth, You Preserved
Your Virginity” (“A Virgin Before Birth and After Birth”) was
transferred to the Nikolaev Peshkov monastery of Moscow diocese by the
Moscow merchant Alexis Grigorievich Mokeev. Around the year 1780 Alexis
joined the brethren of the monastery. He had given all of his wealth to
the igumen of the monastery, Archimandrite Macarius, and the holy icon
remained in his cell.
After Alexis’s death, the icon was brought
to the archimandrite, who observed that the icon was painted in oil on
canvas and not according to the prescribed rules of iconography (using
egg tempera on wood), and he installed it over the exit door of the
chapel of St Methodius, which was on a street not far from the
The glorification of the holy icon began in 1827, when
Captain Platon Osipovich Shabashev, going past the chapel at night, saw
an extraordinary light coming from the icon of the Most Holy Theotokos.
Another time he had a vision of the icon at a time when he found
himself in difficult circumstances. In a dream, Platon beheld the
radiant icon of the Mother of God in the clouds above the chapel of St
Methodius and heard a voice say, “If you wish to be delivered from
temptation, pray before this icon.” Platon obeyed the guidance of the
Mother of God, and the sorrow passed him by.
The pious Platon
told the Superior of the monastery about the miracles. He then
transfered the holy image into the monastery. When they went to put the
icon in a ornamental case, the image of the Most Holy Virgin, painted on
canvas, stiffened taut upon a board, on which was concealed a depiction
of the Mother of God of finest quality. Numerous miracles are recorded
to have taken place from this icon in 1848 during an outbreak of
cholera, when many praying before it were healed.
This icon of the Mother of God is of the Hodigitria type.