The Theotokos of Vladimir is one of the most well-known and popular Orthodox icons, the most famous example of the eleusa (tenderness) type. It is traditionally considered to be the first icon ever painted, by the Apostle Luke himself, the board having being made from the table at which Christ, his Mother, and St. Joseph ate. In 1131 the icon was taken from Constantinople to Russia, to the city of Vladimir, from which the icon takes its name. Today it resides in the Tretyakov Gallery in Moscow.
The icon has three feast days: May 21, June 23, and August 26.
It is easy to see why The Theotokos of Vladimir is so loved by Christians of all denominations. From the icon, we can draw strength and peace during all the vicissitudes of life in a busy world. This particular icon bids us - Be Still.
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