Intercession of our Lady - Images, Icons and History

The icon represents the heavenly vision revealed in the Vlaherna temple in Byzantium in the 10th century. Andrey Yurodivy and his disciple Epiphanius saw the Blessed Virgin standing on a cloud surrounded by saints. The Mother of God prayed to the Christ with prayer, and she overshadowed the worshipers with her omophorion. In the temple at this time was present. Roman Sladkopevets is the author of many Christmas songs and the Akathist of the Mother of God.

The Vlaherna temple was a three-nave basilica, built in 450-453 under Empress Pulcheria. In the 5th century under Emperor Leo a dome rotunda, the so-called Agia Soros, was attached to the church. It housed the Virgin's Robe, which repeatedly defended Constantinople from the invasion of the barbarians.

The Feast of the Intercession of the Mother of God receives special significance in Russia, and not in Byzantium. With great solemnity, it was celebrated under Andrei Bogolyubsky, and later - throughout the history of the Russian state.

The image presented in the collection depicts the interior of the temple. The figured frame at the top resembles the wings of the Cherubim. The image of the standing Mother of God Oranta differs by the fineness and thoroughness of the modeling: realistically transferred folds of clothes are combined with the noble conventionalism of the canon in iconography.

Before the icon of the Intercession of the Virgin Mary, the girls pray for marriage. The Feast of the Intercession of the Mother of God can also be considered a professional holiday of church singers, since the icon is always depicted by the Roman the Slavic, whose memory is performed the day after the Intercession.

Memory of the Intercession of the Theotokos is celebrated on October 14.