The Chalice of Non-Intoxication

The Chalice of Non-Intoxication


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.

Several members of my family suffer from addictions.

Addiction is a miserable and lonely road. We’ve had health crises, car accidents, lost jobs, and legal problems. Sometimes I go to family support groups. I also attend as many services as I can. When my loved one is actively drinking and I am frantic with anxiety, I pray the Akathist to the Mother of God “The Inexhaustible Cup.”

In 1878, in Tula Province, Russia (~120 miles south of Moscow), a retired alcoholic soldier had a dream directing him to the Monastery of the Theotokos in Serpukov. There he found the Icon of The Inexhaustible Cup and was healed of his addiction. This wonder-working icon healed many people. Although lost (probably burned) in 1929, except for one simple village copy, in the 1990’s a copy was made for the re-opened Vvedensky Women’s Monastery in Serpukov. This icon is likewise known for miraculous healings of alcoholism, drug addiction, and psychological problems (Akathist booklet, pages 7-12).

The Inexhaustible Cup is of course the Holy Chalice of Communion and Christ himself. The image of the icon shared here is from the Vvsotsky Men’s Monastery in Serpukov and is reproduced in the Akathist to the Mother of God “The Inexhaustible Cup” booklet published by St. Paisius Monastery in Arizona. This booklet includes the text of Akathist and other historical notes and is available through the website of the St. Paisius Monastery Gift Shop.

Inexhaustible CupThe Akathist begins:

A wonderful and marvelous healing has been given to us by Thy holy icon, O Sovereign Lady Theotokos. By its appearance we have been delivered from spiritual and physical afflictions, and from sorrowful circumstances. Therefore we bring Thee our grateful praise, O all-merciful Protectress. O Sovereign Lady of “The Inexhaustible Cup:” bend down Thine ear and mercifully hear our sighs and heartfelt cries that we bring to Thee, and give deliverance to those who suffer from drunkenness, so that we may cry out to Thee with faith: Rejoice, O Sovereign Lady, Thou Inexhaustible Cup that quenches our spiritual thirst!  

The Fellowship of the Inexhaustible Cup has recently formed for people committed to honoring the Theotokos and praying the Akathist for our loved ones and community members. Further information is available at

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