Wonderworking icons

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“Rarely do we see wonderworking icons of the Savior, of the Apostles, or of the venerable monastics. Yes, all icons have spiritual power, and they all reveal to us the Heavenly Church Triumphant, but only icons of the Theotokos are wonderworking. The Holy Fathers explain the reason for this: God pours out special grace on the Mother of God, and works wonders through her icons, so that we might truly comprehend that the Mother of God is our mother, and so that we might run to her with all of our heart, our mind, our soul. In the troparion to the Dormition of the Mother of God, we hear these words: ‘in thy dormition thou didst not forsake the world, O Theotokos.’

“Greeting us when we visited the Far East last year with the Kursk Root Icon, Metropolitan Benjamin of Vladivostok & Primorye described it thus: if we look at the stars in the sky, and their great multitude ‒ that is how many icons exist of the Most Holy Theotokos. Among these stars are the Kazan Icon, and the Smolensk Icon, ‘Joy of All Who Sorrow,’ and our Kursk Root Icon, as well as the Tikhvin Icon that we honor today… All of these icons adorn our churches, our homes; the Mother of God covers the entire Orthodox world with her omophorion. Truly she is our Mother. And the Roman centurion is an example for us of how we ought to give ourselves over not only to Christ the Savior, but also to the Mother of God… Let us pray to the Mother of God, that she might intercede for us before her Son. If we will call out to her with our all our heart and soul, with humbled thoughts, she will hear us, forgive our sins, and by her prayers heal us from spiritual and physical infirmity.”

Vicar Bishop Nicholas of Manhattan

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