The Tsarskosel'sk Znamenie-Sign Icon of the Mother of God –
Commemorated on November 27
Znamenie-Sign Icon of the Mother of God – an ancient wonderworking image,
was brought by way of a present to tsar Alexei Mikhailovich by one of the
Eastern Patriarchs, supposedly by Saint Athanasias of Constantinople. Tsar
Peter I transferred the icon together with other sacred items from Moscow to
his new capital city. In the year 1747 the Znamensk church was built for the
icon at Tsarskoe Selo. Before it were made molieben prayers during the time of
national catastrophes, for example, during the time of plague in 1771, and of
cholera in 1831. Through the intercession of the Mother of God, the terrible
epidemics almost did not touch Tsarskoe Selo. Prayer before the Znamenie-Sign
Icon of the MostHoly Mother of God, named the Tsarskosel'sk, helped likewise
during conflagrations and shipwrecks.
© 1996-2001 by translator Fr. S. Janos.