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Monday, March 7, 2016
Seeker of the Lost icon
Sharing what was shared with me: Icon of The Mother of God, "The Seeker of the Lost", or "The Rescuer of the Perishing".
Thu, Mar 3, 2016 at 2:57 PM
Icon of the Mother of God “The Seeker of the Lost”, also called: "The Rescuer of the Perishing"
of the Perishing” Icon of the Mother of God From time immemorial the
Russian people, with faith in the all-powerful help of the Most Holy
Theotokos, considered the title “Seeker of the Perishing” to refer not
only to those who are dying, but to those whose souls are in danger of
spiritual death.There are no reliable accounts of the origin of the
icon, “Seeker of the Perishing.” There are, however, several
wonderworking icons of this name, through which the Theotokos showed
forth Her mercy to people on the very brink of death.In the
mid-eighteenth century, in the village of Bor of Kaluga governance, the
pious peasant Thedotus Obukhov lost his way in a blizzard on the Feast
of the Lord’s Baptism. The horse became exhausted and paused on the edge
of an impassable ravine. Not seeing any way to save himself, Obukhov
lay down in his sleigh, where he began to freeze.
terrible moments he prayed with all his being to the Queen of Heaven for
help, and he vowed that if he was rescued he would have a “Seeker of
the Perishing” icon painted and donate it to the local church. She heard
his prayer and helped him in a marvelous way. A certain peasant in the
nearby village heard a voice outside his window saying, “Take him.” He
went out and saw the half-frozen Obukhov on his sleigh. When he
recovered his health, Obukhov immediately fulfilled his vow and
commissioned a copy of the icon from the St George church in the city of
Bolkhov in the Orlov governance. From that time the Bor “Seeker of the
Perishing” Icon was glorified by many manifestations of grace and
There are other “Seeker of the Perishing” Icons: one
manifested itself in 1770 in the village of Malizhino in Kharkov
governance, and delivered the people from cholera three times; there was
another in the village of Krasnoe in Chernigov governance, and another
from Voronezh and Kozlov in Tambov governance. In the year 1835, at the
Moscow Alexandrov Orphanage Institute, a church was consecrated in honor
of the “Seeker of the Perishing” Icon.
Of particular interest is
the “Seeker of the Perishing” Icon in the Church of the Glorious
Resurrection in Moscow. This icon had been transferred from the church
of the Nativity of Christ to the Palashevska alley. Its final owner had
become widowed and was on the verge of complete poverty.
prayer to the Most Holy Theotokos saved him from despair and arranged
matters for his daughters. This man felt that he was not worthy to have
this wonderworking icon in his house, so he gave it to the church.
1812 the Palashevsk church was pillaged by the French. The desecrated
icon was found broken into three pieces among the rubble. With the
finding of the icon, numerous miracles of healing took place. Brides
entering into marriage pray before this icon that their marriage might
be a happy one. People come to it, overwhelmed by drunkenness, perishing
in poverty, suffering in illness, and they turn to the Icon in prayer
as to a Mother with Her perishing children.
The Queen of Heaven sends down help and support for all:
us who are perishing, O Most Holy Virgin, chasten us not according to
our sins, but as you are merciful in your love for mankind, have pity,
deliver us from hell, sickness and necessity, and save us” (Troparion,