Prayer of the Kazan Mother of God
The icon of the Most Holy Theotokos, nicknamed at the place of its acquisition of Kazan, is one of the most revered in Orthodoxy. Many people who read the prayer of the Kazan Mother of God, by their own example, were convinced of her ability to work miracles.
The icon has repeatedly rescued Russia in the most difficult times.
The text of the prayer to the image of Our Lady of Kazan
If you wish to ask for help from the Mother of God “Kazan”, use the following prayers:
I will also give texts of troparion and kondak. They sound like this:
What do they pray to this icon?
The icon of the Mother of God “Kazan” is one of the most ancient Russian shrines. The main requests made by believers to this image of the Virgin Mary are prayers for:
- the insight of the blind eyes;
- cure diseases of the organs of vision;
- healing of bodily diseases;
- deliverance from the invasion of foreign invaders;
- intercession in difficult periods of life;
- about marriage;
- about health in general;
- about help in life;
- the preservation of the Russian state.
Kazan Mother of God also helps to solve family problems. She maintains peace, harmony and harmony in the family.
It is customary to give the blessing to the people entering into marriage as an icon — it is believed that this rite promotes the rich and happy life of the newly-made spouses.
There is a belief that the image of Our Lady of Kazan is notable for its special favor towards children. Therefore, parents pray to this icon, asking for its patronage — with the goal that their children grow up healthy, strong and successful.
How to pray?
The favor and patronage of the Mother of God “Kazan” will be achieved with the help of the correct prayer. The prayer rite must be performed in the church or at home.
Everything is clear with the temple — prayers are read before the icon of the Virgin. In more detail we will stop at home prayer.
Recommendations are given as follows:
- the best time of day for circulation is morning;
- prayer should be started immediately after awakening, namely: wash with water (preferably holy), cross it beforehand, expel disturbing thoughts from your head, calm down;
- light the candles in front of the icon of the Virgin Mary, kneel down and start reading the prayer.
It doesn’t matter how many times you say the prayer. The main thing — do it sincerely, with deep faith.
After the words of the prayer will be voiced, tell the Virgin Mary about your request, ask for her assistance in the desired. Be sure to remember that your desire is devoid of evil intentions!
From the history
On July 21, in the new style (the old — July 8), the Orthodox Church celebrates an important holiday — the appearance of the icon of the Mother of God. This date is set in honor of the day of finding the shrine.
Back in 1579, the Kazan Khanate had been in the hands of Tsar John the Terrible for a quarter of a century. This year turned out to be unusually difficult for the city.
The summer was extremely hot and dry. In June 1579 a strong fire broke out in Kazan, due to which half of the Kazan Kremlin and a good part of the city simply turned into ashes.
Only the Muslim part of the inhabitants of Kazan rejoiced after this, believing that in this way the Creator turned his wrath on Christians.
One of the townspeople was the archer Daniil Onuchin — his house was among the buildings destroyed by fire. Rightly, he made a decision to build a new dwelling on the place of the burnt down.
At the same time, one event occurred, which was later described as a real miracle.
Daniel had a 10-year-old daughter named Matrona. One night in a dream, the girl appeared as the image of the Virgin, commanding her to go to the place of the conflagration, dig out the icon among the rubble and tell the town governors and the archbishop about it. Matrona told about her dream to her parents, but they did not take her words seriously.
Unusual dreams have not stopped. After the third time, the girl hardly persuaded her mother to go to the indicated place with her and fulfill the request of the Virgin Mary.
It did not take long to clear the rubble — very soon the icon shone with a marvelous light before them. The paints with which the image was applied were striking in their freshness and brightness.
This event took place on July 8 (old style) of 1579.
Soon the whole of Kazan learned about the amazing discovery. Crowds of people reached the place where the shrine was found.
A prayer service was held, after which the image of Our Lady of Kazan was solemnly, with a procession, transferred to the Kazan Cathedral of the Annunciation. Even then, the icon showed its first miracle to the people: during the procession to two blind men, Nikita and Joseph, their sight returned.
When John the Terrible himself learned about the miraculous discovery of the icon, he ordered to build a convent at the place of its discovery. A few years later, in the Kazan Mother of God monastery took the veil and Matron with her mother.
No one knows for certain how the “Kazan” icon appeared on the site of a conflagration. Some believe that it was brought to the city by the Apostle Luke, others by a kind of Muslim who accepted the Christian faith and was forced to hide.
Still others are of the opinion that the icon came to Kazan thanks to an unknown Russian prisoner.
Alas, in 1904, the original icon of Our Lady of Kazan was stolen and destroyed by robbers. Only its numerous lists (copies), which after the revolutionary 1917 were spread around the world, were preserved. The Russian Orthodox Church is trying hard now to return the shrines to their homeland.
The earliest copy of the icon of Our Lady of Kazan, which has survived to our days, was written in 1606. Now it is stored in the Russian capital, in the Tretyakov Gallery.
Another, no less revered, list is also located in Moscow — in the home church at the residence of the Patriarch of Moscow. His Russian Orthodox Church received as a gift from the Roman Catholic — in honor of the termination of rivalry between them.
In the Prince-Vladimir Cathedral, which stands in St. Petersburg, there is another copy, strongly approximated to the ancient original.
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