Mother Mary said at Fatima: "My Immaculate Heart will be your refuge and the sure way which will lead you to God." St. Thomas Aquinas said: "The things we love tell us who we are!" With that in mind, I will try to post each day something about Our Blessed Lady, items about the Holy Roman Catholic Church, and public domain Catholic books too! I pray you enjoy my ministry!
Below are two albums of pictures that I created:
1. Our grand daughter Adrianna.
2. Tears of Mary!
MARY, OUR MOTHER
Tuesday, July 28, 2015
The icon was carried across the battlefields
* July 28 – Icon of the Hodigitria, “she who leads the way” (Smolensk, Russia)
* The icon was carried across the battlefields
Smolensk icon is a Hodigitria Virgin "she who leads the way," the only
way forward that is to Christ. The icon was painted by Saint Luke for
the community of Antioch. It was subsequently venerated in
Constantinople (today’s Istanbul, Turkey) in the church of Blachernae.
It was probably brought to Russia in 1046, and placed in Smolensk’s
Cathedral of the Assumption in 1101.
Virgin is invoked to obtain guidance and assistance. In particular, she
helped Vladimir Monomakh to pacify and unite Russia. She is credited
with protecting the city against the invasion of the Tartars. In 1398,
the icon was brought to Moscow and placed in the Cathedral of the
Annunciation. Then it was returned to Smolensk, to the Church of the
Assumption of the Novodevičij monastery (near Moscow).
the icon was transported to the battlefields in the war against
Napoleon. "In front and around the icon, behind and at all sides,
soldiers would walk, run and fall prostrate to the ground, with their
heads uncovered…countless soldiers." (Tolstoy, War and Peace).
November 22, 1991, the icon publicly wept for a whole day in front of a
large crowd of faithful onlookers. The bishop and patriarch acknowledged
the authenticity of the occurrence.