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Devpeteruv Mother of God, Batyushkovo, Dmitrov, Moscow, Russia

Commemorated on March 13
Devpeteruv Mother of God, Batyushkovo, Dmitrov, Moscow, Russia The Devpeteruv Mother of God is a Tenderness image, showing Mother and Child cheek to cheek. Tradition holds this icon to have appeared miraculously on March 13, 1392 (February 29 in the old calendar), but little is known about its early history or the origin of its name. The earliest written record of a Devpeteruv Mother of God places the 12” image in the stone Church of St. Nicholas built in 1666 in Batyushkovo,a village 35 miles from Moscow.In the 1930s, attackers killed the watchman and stole the icon in its jeweled sheath. The image was found in the mud nearby, stripped of ornament. The priest returned the picture to a place of honor in the church.

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The Devpeteruv Mother of God is a Tenderness image, showing Mother and Child cheek to cheek, as in the icon of Our Lady of Vladimir. Tradition holds this icon to have appeared miraculously on February 29, 1392 (March 13 in the modern calendar), but there is no information available about its early history or the origin of its name. The earliest written record of a Devpeteruv Mother of God places the 12" image in the stone Church of St. Nicholas built in 1666 in Batyushkovo, a village 35 miles from Moscow. In the 1930s, attackers killed the watchman and stole the icon in its jeweled sheath. The image was found in the mud nearby, stripped of ornament. The priest returned the picture to a place of honor in the church. But in 1939, the Soviet regime turned the church in Batyushkovo into a cow barn for a collective farm, where its icons were cut up and burned. The building, restored with blue onion domes, returned to the Russian Orthodox Church in 1997. At the request of a parishioner in thanks for answered prayers, iconographer V. Kharlamov wrote a new Devpeteruv Mother of God icon, placed on the northern pillar in St. Nicholas Church in 1999. In 2001, a boy named Vitali came out of a coma after his mother prayed before the icon. This miracle was depicted with 16 others around the edges of another Devpeteruv image which iconographer O. Gundeevoy wrote in 2002, now on the left side of the iconostasis in the church. In 1685, St. Pitirim took a copy of the Devpeteruvskaya icon to in Tambov, 300 miles southeast of Moscow, when appointed as bishop there. Although the Devpeteruv icon's feast day is February 28-29 / March 13, the Eparchy of Tambov celebrates the wonderworking Devpeteruv-Tambov icon on St. Pitirim's day, July 28 / August 10. (Picture of the 2002 Batyushkovo icon from the diocesan site, "Празднование Девпетерувской Иконе," Дмитровское Благочиние - Московская епархия, www.dmitrovhram.ru/2007/prazdnovanie-devpeteryvskoi-ikone-presvyatoi-bogorodicy.html. Information from that and other sources.)

Source: http://www.wherewewalked.info/feasts/03-March/03-13.htm

This Icon miraculously appeared in 1392, and was housed in the Church of St. Nicholas the God-pleaser near Moscow. A miraculous copy in Tambov came to be called the Devpeteruvskaya-Tambov Icon of the Mother of God. This Image of the Mother of God was the cell Icon of Holy Hierarch Pitirim of Tambov. After Holy Hierarch Pitirim's blessed repose, the Icon was placed above the reliquary housing his relics in the Holy Transfiguration Cathedral. It gained particular renown in 1833, following the miraculous liberation of a certain person who, on the basis of a false accusation against him, had been imprisoned. St. Pitirim appeared to the man's wife, and directed that a moleben be served before his cell icon. The woman obeyed the Holy Hierarch's order, and soon thereafter, her husband was released from prison.

Source: http://www.stjohndc.org/Russian/english.htm

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xThis Icon miraculously appeared in 1392, and was housed in the Church of St. Nicholas the God-pleaser near Moscow. A miraculous copy in Tambov came to be called the Devpeteruvskaya-Tambov Icon of the Mother of God. This Image of the Mother of God was the cell Icon of Holy Hierarch Pitirim of Tambov. After Holy Hierarch Pitirim's blessed repose, the Icon was placed above the reliquary housing his relics in the Holy Transfiguration Cathedral. It gained particular renown in 1833, following the miraculous liberation of a certain person who, on the basis of a false accusation against him, had been imprisoned. St. Pitirim appeared to the man's wife, and directed that a moleben be served before his cell icon. The woman obeyed the Holy Hierarch's order, and soon thereafter, her husband was released from prison.This Icon miraculously appeared in 1392, and was housed in the Church of St. Nicholas the God-pleaser near Moscow. A miraculous copy in Tambov came to be called the Devpeteruvskaya-Tambov Icon of the Mother of God. This Image of the Mother of God was the cell Icon of Holy Hierarch Pitirim of Tambov. After Holy Hierarch Pitirim's blessed repose, the Icon was placed above the reliquary housing his relics in the Holy Transfiguration Cathedral. It gained particular renown in 1833, following the miraculous liberation of a certain person who, on the basis of a false accusation against him, had been imprisoned. St. Pitirim appeared to the man's wife, and directed that a moleben be served before his cell icon. The woman obeyed the Holy Hierarch's order, and soon thereafter, her husband was released from prison.

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