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Kasperov Icon of the Mother of God, Kherson, Kherson, Ukraine

Commemorated on July 12
Kasperov Icon of the Mother of God, Kherson, Kherson, Ukraine
In 1840, in a village on the banks of the Dniepr, as Mrs. Kasperov was praying before her old Transylvanian icon late at night, she witnessed the age-darkened faces of the Mother and Child brighten and become clear. The renovation persisted, soon accompanied by miracles of healing. As devotion to the icon spread, the town of Kherson instituted an annual procession with it at the Feast of the Ascension. During the Crimean War, the procession moved to the city of Odessa, which remained unharmed. Thereafter, the Kasperov Icon has made an annual rotation among Odessa, Kherson, and the towns of Nikolaev and Kasperovka. July 12 (June 29 in the old calendar), the icon's last day in Kherson, is celebrated as its feast, along with October 1/14 and the Wednesday after Easter.  (Information and picture from Russian Orthodox Cathedral of St. John the Baptist, Washington, D.C.,  



he Kasperov Icon of the Most Holy Theotokos. Tradition says that this holy icon had been brought to Cherson from Transylvania by a Serb at the end of the sixteenth century. Passing down from parent and child, the icon had come to a certain Mrs. Kasperova of Cherson in 1809.
One night in February of 1840 she was praying, seeking consolation in her many sorrows. Looking at the icon of the Virgin, she noticed that the features of the icon, darkened by age, had suddenly become bright. Soon the icon was glorified by many miracles, and people regarded it as wonder-working.
During the Crimean War (1853-1856), the icon was carried in procession through the city of Odessa, which was besieged by enemy forces. On Great and Holy Friday, the city was spared. Since that time, an Akathist has been served before the icon in the Dormition Cathedral of Odessa every Friday.
The icon is painted with oils on a canvas mounted on wood. The Mother of God holds Her Son on her left arm. The Child is holding a scroll. St. John the Baptist (Janurary 7) is depicted on one side of the icon, and St. Tatiana (January 12) on the other. These were probably the patron saints of the original owners of the icon.
The Kasperov Icon is commemorated on October 1, June 29, and Bright Wednesday.




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