Thursday, July 08, 2010

Pop History Moment: Our Lady of Kazan Was Discovered

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On this day in 1579 Our Lady of Kazan, the most venerated of the Russian Orthodox ikons, was discovered by workmen in the city of Kazan - reportedly after the Blessed Virgin Mary appeared to a little girl named Matrona and directed her to show them where to look for it.

Over the years the ikon has been credited with sparing Russia from various invasions; it was subsequently stolen in June 1904, and has never been recovered, although copies exist in many Russian cathedrals. In an odd twist of fate some might find ironic, a dozen years after its theft Russia was overrun by Bolsheviks, the country's first invasion since the ikon was discovered...
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