Advice 1: What do the 7 of swords in the icon of the mother of God

The icon of the virgin called "seven arrows" was written more than five hundred years ago North Russian artist. It is considered miraculous because her healing received by many people. Few people know the true meaning of this icon, and, in particular, the seven swords pictured on her...
What do the 7 of swords in the icon of the mother of God

Swords and the mother of God

Traditionally, the mother of God, all the icons depicted with little Jesus Christ or other saints. At seven arrows icon, where it is pierced by seven swords, she is all alone. The swords piercing our lady on both sides and in the middle signify the pain and sorrow that the virgin Mary had experienced on earth. It is considered that this icon can create the seven wonders – but only those people who have knowledge about the keys of Solomon. Those who know the Royal Solomon key, can learn the seven arrows icon of the future in seven years.

Before the icon of the Mother of God, pierced by seven swords, the custom to light seven candles.

Seven arrows icon softens hearts so in front of her pray for peace during the war, the appeasement of implacable enemies, sending patience and healing from cholera and lameness. The number "seven" is chosen for it is not by chance – the Holy Simeon the God-receiver prophesied of the test weapon, through which must pass the soul of the mother of God. Seven swords – unbearable emotional sorrow which Mary experienced during the crucifixion, suffering and death of his divine son.

Wonders seven arrows icon

First the icon "seven arrows" made a miracle hopelessly to the lame peasant, who heard a mysterious voice in a dream, directing him to go to Theological the Church and look at its bell tower, the icon of the mother of God. Church officials didn't believe the peasant, but he was persistent – so the third time he was finally allowed into the bell tower. What was the surprise of the priests as one of the steps of the stairs the bell was trampled and dirty, the icon of the blessed virgin.

After cleansing and restoration of the icon it installed in the Church, where the farmer prayed in front of her about his healing and received it.

Then on the miraculous discovery was forgotten for many years. His second miracle "seven arrows" showed during the cholera epidemic raging in the Vologda region. The icon was moved to Vologda and placed in the Church of Dmitry Prilutsky. Religious citizens are in the procession around the city with "seven arrows" in the head of the procession, after which the cholera suddenly ceased to mow people and disappeared. After the revolution, occurred in 1917, and "seven arrows" icon was stolen from the Church of St. John the Evangelist.

Today the icon of the virgin pierced by seven swords, is the Church of Michael the Archangel and from time to time myrrh-streaming.

Advice 2: All icons: what that means

Icons one interesting cultural phenomena of the Russian middle ages. Icons are always beside people in difficult times. But the icon is not a talisman. In this symbol there is nothing occult, and at the same time, the icon is a door into the mystery.
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The background

The Institute of iconography appeared in the old Testament. In Christianity, specifically in the Orthodox faith, the icons were initially wary. But Church images entered in the lives of the majority of the Russian people, and to present the traditional Russian house without icons is difficult.

To say all the icons are unlikely to succeed, a huge number of them, but in Orthodoxy there is a clear gradation of icons in their continuity.

Let's start with the "ranks". In the Church there are several types of holidays. It's the holidays the Great Lord and the Theotokos. The great and Holy.

The twelve are holidays, which in year 12. Each dedicated to some event from the life of Christ and the Theotokos: the Nativity, Ascension, Dormition, etc. of special note is the feast of the Passover. This is a separate celebration that is not even one of the twelve annual, as it were, over all. For every holiday written your way.

The same goes for Great days and memory of the saints. In the icon like in pictures "recorded" events.


Christianity teaches that the icon shows the prototype of who it depicts. And when we worship icons — read it a prototype rather than a drawing.

Usually the icons that we use, are images of saints or angels. On some you can see several saints standing under the Intercession of the virgin or Saviour.

Let's start with the Manor. They are Easter and Troickim. Easter icons show the Resurrection of Christ. But the real Orthodox icons of the Resurrection — the Descent into hell. Because the Savior had just risen, and raised all with Him and saved from eternal damnation. But there are also icons in which Christ is depicted with the banner in his hands.

The Trinity icons — the United religious holidays:
—Epiphany, when Christ was baptized by John the Baptist, and the witnesses heard the voice of the Father and of the Holy spirit in the form of a dove;
—actually, the Trinity, three Angels or the Holy spirit on the apostles;
—Transfiguration, when Christ began to glow with a strange light, brighter than the sun;
—The ascension, when Christ bodily ascended into heaven.

The Birth Of Christ. Still have the presentation of the Lord when the Holy Simeon the God-receiver received the infant Jesus from the hands of Mary. The Exaltation Of The Cross. In the 9th century Cross was found and placed for veneration in Jerusalem.

Theotokos — icons depicting the Nativity of the virgin Mary, Introduction to the temple, Annunciation, assumption. Icons of the Great feasts is the images, which depict well-known saints: Prince Vladimir, the Baptist of Russia, different icons of the virgin, etc.

Probably the most famous and popular icons now — Kazan, Vladimir, Guardian angel. Many people say Bishop Luka Krymsky, a famous Soviet surgeon, of St. the present day. His relics are in the Cathedral in Simferopol.

To speak of Orthodox icons is endless. The best option is to go to the temple and to ask questions to the priest.
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