Icon of the Theotokos of Pochaev, Ukraine


The Icons of the Most Holy Theotokos of Pochaev


The Pochaev Icon of the Mother of God resides int he Pochaev monastery settled by two monks in  AD 1340. One of the monks went to the top of the hill after he had prayed, and suddenly saw the Theotokos standing on a stone and encircled by flame. He summoned the other monk to behold the marvel. 

A third witness of the vision was the herdsman Ioann Bosoi. The three glorified God. The Most Holy Theotokos who left the imprint of Her right foot on the stone where She had stood.
In 1559 Metropolitan Neophytus of Constantinople, on his journey through Volhynia, visited the noblewoman Anna Goiskaya living at the estate of Orlya, not far from Pochaev. As a farewell blessing he left Anna an icon of the Mother of God which he brought from Constantinople. 

They began to notice a radiance coming from the icon. In 1597 Anna’s brother Philip was healed of an ailment before the eyes of a monk who lived on the hill at Pochaev. She then gave the wonderworking image to the monk. 

The icon was placed in a church which was built in honor of the Dormition of the Most Holy Theotokos. A monastery was later established there, and Anna Goiskaya provided a large portion of the money needed for construction.
The following is one of the more famous accounts of help from the Queen of Heaven through her wonderworking Pochaev Icon:

A monk of Pochaev monastery was taken into captivity by the Tatars. Held as a slave, he thought of the Pochaev monastery, its holy things, the divine services, and the church singing. In particular the monk yearned to be in Pochaev for the approaching Feast of the Dormition of the Most Holy Theotokos. He prayed tearfully to the Mother of God for deliverance from captivity, and suddenly, through the prayers of the Holy Virgin, the walls of the dungeon disappeared, and the monk found himself standing before the walls of the Pochaev monastery.

The Pochaev Icon is also celebrated on Friday of Bright Week and on July 23.

Apolytikion of Icons of the Holy Theotokos of Pochaev in the Plagal of the First Tone

They that pray before thy holy icon, O sovereign Lady, are made worthy of healing, receive the gift of understanding of the true Faith, and repel the attacks of the Hagarenes*; likewise for us who fall down before thee, do thou ask for forgiveness of our sins. Enlighten our hearts with devout purpose and raise thy prayer to thy Son for the salvation of our souls.




1  The Hageneres are named fro the people of Hagar (Hebrew for stranger or foreign), who dwelt east of Palestine  (now part of the Palestinian fight with Israel over native rights see the above link for that history).  As they do today, historically they often fought with the Israelis during King Saul’s time and so are commented on at  1 Chronicles 5:10 & 1 Chronicles 5:18-20 & most notably the God Do not Be Quiet Psalm, #86.

     O God, do not remain quiet;            Do not be silent and, O God, do not be still.      2For behold, Your enemies make an uproar,            And those who hate You have exalted themselves.      3They make shrewd plans against Your people,            And conspire together against Your treasured ones.      4They have said, “Come, and let us wipe them out as a nation,            That the name of Israel be remembered no more.”      5For they have conspired together with one mind;            Against You they make a covenant:      6The tents of Edom and the Ishmaelites,
            Moab and the Hagrites;
 



1 Chronicles 5Amplified Bible, Classic Edition (AMPC)

Now [we come to] the sons of Reuben the firstborn of Israel. For [Reuben] was the eldest, but because he polluted his father’s couch [with Bilhah his father’s concubine] his birthright was given to the sons of Joseph [favorite] son of Israel; so the genealogy is not to be reckoned according to the birthright.<span class="crossreference" data-cr="#cen-AMPC-10430A" data-link="(A)” style=”box-sizing: border-box; line-height: 22px; position: relative; top: 0px; vertical-align: top;”>
Judah prevailed above his brethren, and from him came the prince andleader [and eventually the Messiah]; yet the birthright was Joseph’s.<span class="crossreference" data-cr="#cen-AMPC-10431B" data-link="(B)” style=”box-sizing: border-box; line-height: 22px; position: relative; top: 0px; vertical-align: top;”>
The sons of Reuben the firstborn of Israel are Hanoch, Pallu, Hezron, and Carmi.
The sons of Joel are Shemaiah his son, Gog his son, Shimei his son,Micah his son, Reaiah his son, Baal his son,Beerah his son, whom Tilgath-pilneser king of Assyria carried away captive; was a prince of the Reubenites.
And his brethren by their families, when the genealogy of their generations was reckoned: the chief Jeiel, and Zechariah, Bela son of Azaz, the son of Shema, the son of Joel, who dwelt in Aroer as far as Nebo and Baal-meon.
Eastward [Bela] inhabited the land as far as the entrance into the desert this [west] side of the river Euphrates, because their cattle had multiplied in the land of Gilead.
10 In the days of [King] Saul they made war with the Hagrites or Ishmaelites, who fell by their hands; they dwelt in their tents in all the land east of Gilead.
11 The children of Gad who dwelt opposite them in the land of Bashan, as far as Salecah:12 Joel the chief, Shapham the next, Janai, and Shaphat in Bashan.
13 Their kinsmen of the houses of their fathers: Michael, Meshullam, Sheba, Jorai, Jacan, Zia, and Eber—seven in all.
14 These were the sons of Abihail son of Huri, the son of Jaroah, the son of Gilead, the son of Michael, the son of Jeshishai, the son of Jahdo, the son of Buz.15 Ahi son of Abdiel, the son of Guni, was chief in their fathers’ houses.
16 They dwelt in Gilead, in Bashan and in its towns, and in all the suburbs andpasturelands of Sharon to their limits.17 All these were enrolled by genealogies in the days of Jotham king of Judah and in the days of Jeroboam [II] king of Israel.
18 The sons of Reuben, the Gadites, and the half-tribe of Manasseh—valiant men able to bear buckler and sword and to shoot with bow and skillful in war—were 44,760 able and ready to go forth to war.
19 And [these Israelites, on the east side of the Jordan River] made war with the Hagrites [a tribe of northern Arabia], Jetur, Naphish, and Nodab.
20 They were given help against them, and the Hagrites or Ishmaelites were delivered into their hands, and all who were allied with them, for they cried to God in the battle; and He granted their entreaty, because they relied on, clung to, and trusted in Him.
21 And [these Israelites] took away their adversaries’ herds: of their camels 50,000, and of sheep 250,000, and of donkeys 2,000, and of the lives of men 100,000.