The Mother of God has always been one of the most revered saints in Russia. She is considered the patroness of Russia, so there are many icons that captured her image. One of them is "The Inexhaustible Chalice".
Nobody knows what icon-painter created the icon, known as the "Inexhaustible Chalice", and when it happened, but the icon is known not so long ago - since 1878.
This image belongs to the iconographic type of Oranta: The Mother of God is depicted with hands raised in prayer, and Jesus the infant stands before her in the bowl, stretching out his hands in a blessing gesture.
Acquisition of the icon
On the discovery of the miraculous image in 1878 Told in 1910. Elizabeth is a nun of the Vvedensky Vladychny monastery, which is located in the city of Serpukhov (Moscow region). The name of the icon is associated not only with the cup depicted on it, but also with the history of finding.
There was a peasant in the Tula province -Bitter drunk. He also drank the pension, which he received as a retired Nicholas soldier, and everything that he had. Under old age he reached extreme poverty, and because of constant drunkenness his legs were cut off. And then the elder appeared to him in a dream, who ordered to go to the Vvedensky Vladychny monastery and serve a moleben before the icon of the Mother of God "The Inexhaustible Chalice". The peasant was in no hurry to carry out the order, because he could not walk, and there was no money, but the old man appeared to him twice more, more and more menacingly repeating the order. In the end, this unhappy man, somehow moving around crawling, went to Serpukhov.
It was not easy to get to the monastery, but stillHe managed to do it, but nobody knew about the icon with this name. Nevertheless, they took seriously the words of the peasant, examined all the icons that were in the monastery, and on the back of one of them, which hung on the aisle from the cathedral to the vestry, they found the inscription "The Inexhaustible Chalice".
Before the icon served a moleben. The peasant not only was healed from paralysis of his legs, but also stopped drinking. Instead of an inexcusable cup of sin and drunkenness, this man was given the "Inexhaustible Chalice" of God's Grace.
Loss of the icon
After gaining the icon was in VvedenskyVladychny monastery, but in 1919 it was closed. The icon was moved to the Cathedral of St. Nicholas White, located on Kaluzhskaya Street. But 10 years later they closed it, and all the icons were burned. Whether the icon "The Inexhaustible Chalice" was burnt, or someone managed to save it, is unknown.
In 1992 and 1996 On the basis of old photographs were written two lists of icons. The first is in Serpukhov Vysotsky monastery, and the second - in the restored Vvedensky Vladychny monastery. Both images are considered miraculous.
Before the icon "The Inexhaustible Chalice" pray for healing not only from illnesses, but also from alcoholism and drug addiction.