Icon of the Mother of God “of Tenderness”

This is my favorite icon of the Theotokos. Today marks the commemoration of this icon. Here is the story of it:

” The Seraphim-Diveyevo “Tenderness” Icon of the Mother of God belonged to St Seraphim of Sarov, and was his cell icon. With the oil from the lampada, which burned before this holy icon, the saint anointed the sick, who received healing after the anointing. The ascetic died while at prayer before the icon on January 2, 1833. After the death of St Seraphim of Sarov the monastery Superior Father Niphon gave the holy “Tenderness” icon to the sisters of the Seraphim-Diveyevo monastery.”

4 thoughts on “Icon of the Mother of God “of Tenderness”

  1. Joe,

    that’s really true what you say. and there’s something about this icon that really does strike me as tenderness. i’d like to write some on icons sometime, but it takes me forever to develop ideas.


    hee hee. i like how they evolve into liturgics. as all worship should :)

  2. This icon is certainly beautiful, but it is not the one that St. Seraphim of Sarov venerated in his cell. His icon looked more like this.

    I covered this case of mistaken identity in my latest

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