Ancient Iveron Icon of the Mother of God washes ashore in Sochi by storm

Sochi, October 25, 2013

The Church of St. Nino, enlightener of Georgia The Church of St. Nino, enlightener of Georgia
In the Golovinky district, a micro-district in the Lazarevsky city district of Sochi, an icon of the Mother of God was washed up on shore by the sea. The lady tourist who found it, brought it to the nearest Church—which turned out to be the Church of St. Nino, enlightener of Georgia.

Here it was determined that the discovered icon was the Iveron Icon of the Mother of God, whose first home was Georgia—ancient Iberia.

The icon with carved insertions of silver, gilding, and stones dates to 1896. The name of either its owner or its painter Archpriest Alexander Smirnov is indicated.

The icon is slightly tarnished from the sea water, but the image of the Theotokos is seen clearly, reports the Sochi administration's press service. The icon will be restored, and for a while it will remain in the chancel of the Church.

Special attention is devoted to the fact that the icon was discovered on the eve of the commemoration of the Iveron Icon of the Mother of God which is celebrated on Saturday, October 26 (according to the new calendar).

Pravoslavie.ru

10/28/2013

See also
 The Myrrh-Bearing Hawaiian-Iveron Icon of the Mother of God is Ceremoniously Greeted in Georgia The Myrrh-Bearing Hawaiian-Iveron Icon of the Mother of God is Ceremoniously Greeted in Georgia  The Myrrh-Bearing Hawaiian-Iveron Icon of the Mother of God is Ceremoniously Greeted in Georgia The Myrrh-Bearing Hawaiian-Iveron Icon of the Mother of God is Ceremoniously Greeted in Georgia
At the invitation of His Holiness, Catholicos-Patriarch Elias II of Georgia and with the blessing of His Eminence Metropolitan Hilarion of Eastern America and New York, First Hierarch of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia, a delegation of clergymen and laity of the Russian Church Abroad arrived in the territory of the Georgian Orthodox Church with the Miracle-Working Myrrh-Streaming “Hawaiian-Iveron” Icon of the Mother of God.
Jose Munoz-Cortez, Guardian of the Iveron Icon of the Mother of God Jose Munoz-Cortez, Guardian of the Iveron Icon of the Mother of God Jose Munoz-Cortez, Guardian of the Iveron Icon of the Mother of God Jose Munoz-Cortez, Guardian of the Iveron Icon of the Mother of God
While the sinister circumstances of his death are still unclear, it is tempting to speculate concerning the motive for such a ghastly murder; after all, the Icon was not in Brother Joseph's possession at the time. From a spiritual perspective, however, the explanation is apparent. As written in an obituary prepared by the Icon's Home: "We live in a time of great spiritual awakening, but the spirit that awakens is that of satan, and all that is of Christ, of Jesus, of God, is a goading irritant to the carnal man, inciting the infernal wrath of the deluded."
Arrival of the Iveron Icon of the Most Holy Theotokos in Georgia (1989) Arrival of the Iveron Icon of the Most Holy Theotokos in Georgia (1989)
Commemorated September 26/October 9
Arrival of the Iveron Icon of the Most Holy Theotokos in Georgia (1989) Arrival of the Iveron Icon of the Most Holy Theotokos in Georgia (1989)
Archpriest Zakaria Machitadze
In September 26, 1989, a copy of the famous Iveron Icon of the Mother of God, the “Portaitissa,” arrived in Tbilisi from the Iveron Monastery on Mt. Athos. With the blessing of Catholicos-Patriarch Ilia II, the monks of the Holy Mountain had painted this exact copy as a symbol of love and gratitude to the Georgian people.
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