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'''Assuage My Sorrows''' is the name of a wonderworking [[icon]] known as the '''Mother of God, Assuage My Sorrows''' treasured in the St. Nicholas Odrino Monastery in the Orel Diocese, Karachev district. This icon is commemorated [[January 25]] ([[February 8]] by the NC) and on [[October 9]].
 
'''Assuage My Sorrows''' is the name of a wonderworking [[icon]] known as the '''Mother of God, Assuage My Sorrows''' treasured in the St. Nicholas Odrino Monastery in the Orel Diocese, Karachev district. This icon is commemorated [[January 25]] ([[February 8]] by the NC) and on [[October 9]].
  
 
==History==
 
==History==
The origins of this icon can be traced back to a battle in Shklova, in the Mogilev Province, during 1640; it is not known who painted the original icon carrying the name "Assuage My Sorrows" although it is presumed that it is was brought to Russia from a Russian Monastery from Mount Athos.
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The origins of this icon can be traced back to a battle in Shklova, in the Mogilev Province, during 1640; it is not known who painted the original icon carrying the name "Assuage My Sorrows" although it is presumed that it is was brought to Russia from a Russian Monastery from Mount Athos. During the reign of [[Tsar Michael Fyodorovitch]] (1613-1645) a great battle took place, near Shklova, in which the Russians defeated the Poles. In honour of this defeat a copy of the miracle-working image was translated by the Cossacks to Moscow and placed in the Church of St. Nicholas in Zamoskovoretchie <ref>This church has since been demolished and no longer exists</ref> in the Pupishevo district of Moscow.
  
During the reign of [[Tsar Michael Fyodorovitch]] (1613-1645) a great battle took place, near Shklova, in which the Russians defeated the Poles. In honour of this defeat a copy of the miracle-working image was translated by the Cossacks to Moscow and placed in the Church of St. Nicholas in Zamoskovoretchie <ref>This church has since been demolished and no longer exists</ref> in the Pupishevo district of Moscow.
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Tradition relates that the first time this Icon was glorified was in the second half of the 18th century. The miraculous power was revealed through a certain woman who had been suffered from a weakness in her hands and feet. Physicians were not able to help her with her ailment and in a vision, she was told to go to Moscow and pray before the icon of the Mother of God bearing the inscription "Assuage my Sorrow;" in the same vision, she was shown the Icon. Not finding that Icon in the church, she turned to the priest for help, who then brought all of the ancient icons down from the bell-tower. One of the icons bore the inscription "Assuage my Sorrow."  As soon as the woman saw the Icon she exclaimed: “It is she! It is she!”. After a moleben the ailing woman felt so much stronger that she was able to stand and leave the church unaided.  
  
The icon was further glorified in Moscow by many miracles in the second half of the eighteenth century, particularly during a plague in 1771.
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This miracle occurred on January 25th (Julian Calendar), 1760.  Since then, a Feast day in honor of the "Assuage my Sorrow" Icon has been observed.  In the church of St Nicholas, the icon was installed in an appropriate place, and an altar was dedicated in its honor.  
  
Once, perhaps after a fire and the rebuilding of the temple, the icon was carelessly put in a bell tower. However, the abundant mercies manifested by the Mother of God would one day bring about a renewed veneration of this holy icon.  
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From all over the city, the faithful and suffering came to Zamoskovorechie to bow down before the newly-revealed icon, and God’s power was revealed in many other miracles. An especially great number of miracles happened during the plague epidemic of 1771. Many copies of the miraculous Icon were made and distributed throughout all Russia; in Moscow alone, four other icons bearing the same name were glorified by miracles.  
  
The Feast of the wonderworking icon on [[January 25]] was established in 1760 to commemorate the healing of a sick woman who had seen the icon in a vision. A voice instructed her to go to the church of St Nicholas in the Pupishevo district of Moscow where she would find this icon. "Pray before it, and you will receive healing." She obeyed and went to Moscow, where she found an icon, darkened by age and dust, in the church's bell tower. When the sick woman saw the face and inscription she cried out, "It is She!" The woman, who previously had been unable to move her arms and legs, walked out of church on her own after a [[Molieben]] was served before the icon on [[January 25]].
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Today, the miracle-working  "Assuage my Sorrow" Icon rests in the Church of St Nicholas-in-Kuznetsy in Moscow and copies of the Icon are to be found in churches all over Moscow. The icon is also commemorated on [[September 25]] and [[October 9]].
 
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The icon was placed in an honored place in the church, and later a chapel was built in its honor. The services and the Akathist in honor of the icon date from this period.
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Until 1784, the icon belonged to Count Nicholas Borisovitch Samoilov, who regarded it as a holy icon. At first, it was at the Count's home in Moscow, where it was renowned for many miraculous healings. Later, N.B. Samoilov moved it to his estate adjoining the St Nicholas Odrino Monastery. He constructed, at his own expense, a heated chapel in honor of the "Assuage My Sorrows" Icon as part of the St Nicholas katholikon (main church). The Count later donated the icon to the monastery.
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Copies of the "Assuage my Sorrows" Icon of the Most Holy Theotokos are to be found in churches all over Moscow and other cities. The icon is also commemorated on [[September 25]] and [[October 9]].
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==External links==
 
==External links==

Revision as of 18:18, March 6, 2009

Mother of God Assuage My Sorrows (Russian version)
Mother of God Assuage My Sorrows (Greek version)

Assuage My Sorrows is the name of a wonderworking icon known as the Mother of God, Assuage My Sorrows treasured in the St. Nicholas Odrino Monastery in the Orel Diocese, Karachev district. This icon is commemorated January 25 (February 8 by the NC) and on October 9.

History

The origins of this icon can be traced back to a battle in Shklova, in the Mogilev Province, during 1640; it is not known who painted the original icon carrying the name "Assuage My Sorrows" although it is presumed that it is was brought to Russia from a Russian Monastery from Mount Athos. During the reign of Tsar Michael Fyodorovitch (1613-1645) a great battle took place, near Shklova, in which the Russians defeated the Poles. In honour of this defeat a copy of the miracle-working image was translated by the Cossacks to Moscow and placed in the Church of St. Nicholas in Zamoskovoretchie [1] in the Pupishevo district of Moscow.

Tradition relates that the first time this Icon was glorified was in the second half of the 18th century. The miraculous power was revealed through a certain woman who had been suffered from a weakness in her hands and feet. Physicians were not able to help her with her ailment and in a vision, she was told to go to Moscow and pray before the icon of the Mother of God bearing the inscription "Assuage my Sorrow;" in the same vision, she was shown the Icon. Not finding that Icon in the church, she turned to the priest for help, who then brought all of the ancient icons down from the bell-tower. One of the icons bore the inscription "Assuage my Sorrow." As soon as the woman saw the Icon she exclaimed: “It is she! It is she!”. After a moleben the ailing woman felt so much stronger that she was able to stand and leave the church unaided.

This miracle occurred on January 25th (Julian Calendar), 1760. Since then, a Feast day in honor of the "Assuage my Sorrow" Icon has been observed. In the church of St Nicholas, the icon was installed in an appropriate place, and an altar was dedicated in its honor.

From all over the city, the faithful and suffering came to Zamoskovorechie to bow down before the newly-revealed icon, and God’s power was revealed in many other miracles. An especially great number of miracles happened during the plague epidemic of 1771. Many copies of the miraculous Icon were made and distributed throughout all Russia; in Moscow alone, four other icons bearing the same name were glorified by miracles.

Today, the miracle-working "Assuage my Sorrow" Icon rests in the Church of St Nicholas-in-Kuznetsy in Moscow and copies of the Icon are to be found in churches all over Moscow. The icon is also commemorated on September 25 and October 9.

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