Prayer to the Most Holy Theotokos Before her holy icon Our Lady of the Sign


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O most holy and blessed Mother of our beloved Lord Jesus Christ!

We fall down in adoration of thee before thy holy wonder-working icon, keeping the memory of the wondrous sign of thine intervention, shown unto Novgorod the Great in the days of that city’s siege.

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We humbly beseech thee, thou all-powerful Protectress of our race: as thou didst hasten to the aid of our fathers of old, grand us now also, in our weakness, thy Motherly protection and care.

Save and keep, O Lady, thy community under the shelter of thy mercy; the holy Church, thy city, and all Orthodox Christians; all of us who in faith and love fall down before thee, with heartfelt tears begging thy defense.

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Yea, most merciful Lady, take pity upon us who are cast about by the storm of our many sins, extend unto Christ the Lord thy hands that received God, plead our cause before His goodness, asking pardon of our sins, a devout and peaceful life, a happy Christian end and a good defense at HIs dread judgment seat; so that, saved through thy most effective prayers unto Him, we may inherit the bliss of Paradise and with all the Saints sing the glory of the most honourable and majestic name of the Holy Trinity, worthy of all worship: of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, and thy great mercy towards us, unto ages of ages. Amen.

Images: An 18th-century icon of the Mother of God of the Sign has started to exude myrrh in a ruined Church of St. Michael the Archangel (part of the Epiphany Parish of Venyov, Tula Oblast) of the village of Urusovo, Venyovsky Raion, Tula Oblast. The icon has been streaming myrrh every couple of days since February 8. Archpriest Nikolai Dudin, the dean of the Venyovsky Okrug, confirmed the fact of the icon’s myrrh-gushing.

According to eyewitnesses and the rector of the Epiphany Church in Venyov, Archpriest Oleg Aleinikov, who provides pastoral care for the village of Urusovo, the old icon was found thirty years ago in the attic of an abandoned house by Anatoly Nikolaev, who lived in the village of Ostrovka. The icon attracted his attention by the fact that there was an image of the Mother of God the Inexhaustible Chalice on its reverse side.

The custodian of the icon bequeathed it to the church, and his relatives carried out his will after his death in the fall of 2019.

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