St. Elijah the prophet

St. Elijah the prophetSt. Elijah is one of the holiest men who ever lived and his life is described in the Old Testament.


He was granted a vision of God in a still small voice.


For his devotion he was carried up into Heaven in a chariot of fire.

His Feast day is observed on July 20 (August 2).



St. John the Baptist

ST. JOHN THE BAPTISTSt. John the Baptist, the greatest of the prophets, ends the history of the Old Testament and begins the epoch of the New Testament.


"He was sent to bear witness of the Light", and baptised the Son of God in the Jordan waters.


He had a vision of the Holy Trinity. St. John's mother Elizabeth was a cousin of the Mother of God.


Being full of the Holy Ghost, abiding in the wilderness he never faltered in the boldness of his preaching nor in the strictness of his self-denial.


Icon "Triumph of the Mother of God"

TRIUMPH OF THE MOTHER OF GODIcon of Our Lady of Port Arthur or "Triumph of the Mother of God".


The icon was painted on believers' donations to "bless the Christ-loving soldiers of Far Russia" on the instruction by a monk, former sailor from Sevastopol, who was granted a vision of the Mother of God and Her prophecy in December 1903, on the eve of the Russo-Japanese War. Our Lady ordered to bring the icon to Port Arthur as a premise for Russian victory.


In May 1904 the icon was brought to Vladivostok but against the will of the Mother of God only its copies were sent to Port Arthur but in vain. When, finally, a participant in the Russo-Turkish War of 1877 — 1888 N. N. Fedorov volunteered to take the icon to Port Arthur, it was too late: twice he was prevented by weather conditions and his third attempt was a failure because Port Arthur surrendered. The icon was brought back to Vladivostok.



"Consolation of All the Afficted"

icon CONSOLATION OF ALL THE AFFLICTEDIcon of the Mother of God "Consolation of All the Afficted".


The icon has been highly venerated since 1688 when Patriarch Joachim's sister Euphimia, who lived in Moscow, was healed of an incurable disease.


She heard the Mother of God ordering her to go to the Church of the Transfiguration of the Saviour in Ordynka and celebrate a moleben before Her icon "Consolation of All the Afflicted".


A Feast day was established on October 24 (November 6) to commemorate the miraculous healing.



Boris Kustodiev

Boris KustodievBoris Kustodiev is the Russian artist, who devoted his art to homeland.

He was born in Astrakhan, therefore he liked provincial towns on Volga with theirs narrow streets that were smothered in greenery, with white churches, gold and blue cupolas, rich merchant cottages, pretty-bourgeois small houses, with flowers on the windows, municipal gardens, where nobility and town dwellers spent time.

Kustodiev became artistic education in the Academy of arts in Petersburg. I. Repin was his teacher. Kustodiev appreciated oeuvre of his mentor, his attitude to art.


Icon of the Mother of God "The Sign"

Icon of the Mother of God This is one of the earliest images of the Mother of God, known since the 4th century. It shows the Mother of God with Her Child as She raises Her hands in prayer. Such icons appeared in Rus after the miraculous sign given by the Mother of God through Her Novgorodian icon in 1170.


That same year the united armed forces of Russian princes approached Novgorod. Zealous prayers of Novgorodians were heard, and the Mother of God enjoined them to bring Her image from the church to the city wall. When an enemy arrow pierced the holy image tears filled Her eyes and the icon turned off the offenders to face the city.


Terror-stricken foes began killing each other and the Novgorodians triumphed. Numerous copies of the icon can be found all over Russia.

Feast day — November 27 (December 10).



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