ICON: Theotokos, Joy of All Who Sorrow

ICON: Theotokos, Joy of All Who Sorrow

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Inspired by the documentary, PISTEVO, the Orthodox Christian Network will be featuring iconography and the Saints of the Orthodox Church.  Iconography, the centuries-old tradition of depicting faith through images, was the primary means of teaching Christianity until written records were formally canonized as the Holy Scriptures.  Please join us in raising awareness of iconography as a window into heaven &  finding and fostering one’s faith.

The icon of the Theotokos “Joy of All Who Sorrow” is celebrated three times in our church calendar. This article refers to the history of the October 24 celebration. An icon of the same name and design in St. Petersburg is celebrated on July 23. Another, about which we now know very little, is celebrated on November 19.

In 1688, the Patriarch of Moscow was named Joachim. His sister Euthymia (also known as Euphymia) suffered from a terrible skin condition for many years. She went from doctor to doctor, but none of them could heal her. Finally she gave up on the doctors altogether, and prayed. One day,​ while praying​,​ she heard a voice telling her, “Go to the church of my Son’s Transfiguration, and ask the priest there to say a molieben before the Joy of All Who Sorrow icon.”
Of course she went to the church, the priest said the molieben, and she was healed. This took place on October 24, 1688. The icon became famous throughout Russia and beyond as a wonderworking icon. It depicts the holy Theotokos listening to the sorrows of mankind as a compassionate mother, and praying on our behalf to her Son.


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ABOUT ICONOGRAPHY

Iconography, the centuries-old tradition of depicting faith through images, was the primary means of teaching Christianity until written records were formally canonized as the Holy Scriptures. Yet even today, centuries later, iconography remains a spiritually powerful part of Orthodox Christian theology.  For many, the images enhance one’s ability to go deeper into the exploration and appreciation of their faith.

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The independent documentary depicts a community coming together to complete the centuries-old mission of iconography led by Father Elias Villis at the Greek Orthodox Church of our Saviour in Rye, NY.

The epic film, PISTEVO, directed by  Director, Mark Brodie, and written and produced by Taryn Grimes Herbert expresses “why we honor the traditions of our theology and share our spiritual experience with the Orthodox world.”

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Alex Riggle

Alex Riggle is a middle-school math teacher and a tonsured Orthodox reader. He is the editor of The Onion Dome, a blog of Orthodox humor, and is working on a saint-of-the-day book for publication. Reader Alex is passionate about the saints and wishes for every Orthodox Christian to grow in knowledge of and love for our great family in Heaven.