MARY, OUR MOTHER

Wednesday, July 08, 2015

Nobody would believe the child… - A Moment with Mary



* July 8 – Our Lady of Kazan (Russia)   * Nobody would believe the child… ----- A Moment with Mary --

Une Minute avec Marie
An initiative of the Association Mary of Nazareth 

July 8 – Our Lady of Kazan (Russia)  

Nobody would believe the child…


Kazan (literally "cauldron") is a Russian city and the capital of the Republic of Tatarstan, 720 km east of Moscow. According to experts, the icon of the Madonna and Child dates back to the 13th century. It is of the "Hodegetria" type, the one that shows Jesus, the Way. It was painted in Constantinople and kept in a monastery in Kazan, where it disappeared in 1209, during the invasion of the Tartars.

When Ivan the Terrible reconquered the region, the city of Kazan was burned (1552). The Virgin of Kazan appeared three times to a 10-year-old child inviting him to dig up the icon from underneath the ashes, where it had been hidden by the faithful during the Tartar invasion.

Nobody believed the child, who began to search and found the icon intact, on July 8, 1579. Then the archbishop organized a solemn procession to the church of Saint Nicolas. On the way, two blind men, Joseph and Nikita, recovered their sight.

After long wanderings that went through Poland, the Kazan icon "soul of the Russian people" was returned to Russia at the request of Saint Pope John Paul II, to its original church in Kazan, on Thursday, July 21, 2005.

Françoise Breynaert 

Share A Moment with Mary
and give your loved ones the opportunity to discover a new aspect of the mystery of the Mother of God each day.