May 29, 2024

True Orthodox Diocese of Western Europe

Russian True Orthodox Church (RTOC)

The Icon of the Mother of God “Unexpected Joy” (“Nechayanaya Radost'”)

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Commemorated on May 1 and December 9

      The Icon of the Mother of God, named “Unexpected Joy” (Nechayannaya Radost’), is written thus: in a room, upwards is an icon of the Mother of God and beneath it a youth kneeling at prayer. The tradition about the healing of some youth from a bodily affliction through this holy icon is recorded in the book of Saint Dimitrii of Rostov, “The Fleece of Prayer” (“Runo Oroshennoe”) [for the significance of the “Dew‑Moistened Fleece” vide Judges 6: 36-40]. The youth out of habit was praying before the image of the All-Pure Virgin and suddenly he saw, that the image was alive, the wounds of the Lord Jesus exposed and bloody. In horror, he exclaimed: “O Lady, who is it that hath done this?” To this, the Mother of God replied: “Thou and other sinners by their sins do crucify My Son anew”. Then only became apparent before him the abyss of his sinfulness, and for a long time in tears, he prayed to the Mother of God and the Saviour for mercy. Finally, the unexpected joy of answer to his prayer and forgiveness of sins was given to him. 

© 1996-2001 by translator Fr. S. Janos.

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