Commemorated on October 12
The Translation from Malta to Gatchina of a Portion of the
Life-Creating Cross of the Lord, together with the Philermos Icon of the
Mother of God, and the right hand of St John the Baptist took place in
the year 1799. These holy things were preserved on the island of Malta
by the Knights of the Catholic Order of St John of Jerusalem. In 1798,
when the French seized the island, the Maltese knights turned to Russia
for defense and protection. On October 12, 1799 they offered these
ancient holy things to the emperor Paul I, who at this time was at
Gatchina. In the autumn of 1799 the holy items were transferred to St
Petersburg and placed in the Winter Palace within the church dedicated
to the Icon of the Savior Not-Made-by-Hands. The Feast for this event
was established in 1800.
By ancient tradition, the Philermos Icon
of the Mother of God was painted by the holy Evangelist Luke. From
Jerusalem it was transferred to Constantinople, where it was situated in
the Blachernae church. In the thirteenth century it was taken from
there by crusaders, and from that time was kept by the Knights of the
Order of St John.
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