Also known as Iverskaya and Portaitissa, this 1880 Russian icon is based on an original from an iconoclastic period in the 10th century.
The icon of the Theotokos was kept by a pious widow. When it was discovered by a group of soldiers, one of them thrust a spear into the face of the Mother of God. Blood began to flow from the icon, which terrified the soldiers and they fled. After praying all night, the widow was told by God to cast the icon into the sea. She did so, and the icon miraculously stood upright and sailed away.
The icon was found some time later by monks of the Iveron monastery on Mount Athos. Led by a pillar of light and an apparition of the Theotokos and Archangel Gabriel, they took the icon into the church. The next day it was found hanging above the monastery gate, and it was returned to the church. Again it was found above the gate. The Archangel Gabriel appeared to the brothers and said, "Do not carry her away again. You are not to protect her; rather, she it is who will overshadow you, both in this life and in the age to come."
Many miracles and healings have occurred through the original icon, and countless copies around the world.
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