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Sitka Wonderworking Icon
 
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The wonderworking Icon of the Mother of God from Sitka, Alaska, is being taken on a pilgrimage for the first time in history, to over 60 Orthodox Christian parishes across the US from September 7 through November 7, 2005. This 19th-century icon is adorned with a magnificent gold and silver metal covering. The icon was commissioned for Sitka's Archangel Michael Cathedral by Saint Innocent Veniaminov in the early 1800s and has been enshrined in the cathedral since its arrival 150 years ago. The icon is attributed to Vladimir Borovikovsky, a leading artist of the time and one of Russia's most revered painters. Miraculously, the icon survived a fire that destroyed the original cathedral in 1966. Over the years, many healings and miracles have been credited through the intercession of the Holy Virgin in response to prayers offered by countless faithful before the icon. It is believed that the gaze of the eyes of the Theotokos (Birth-Giver of God) has led to the restored health of those who prayed before the icon. Because of the sereneness of the Theotokos, the icon has been described as a pearl of Russian ecclesiastical art of ineffable gentleness, peacefulness, and harmony . . . the most beautiful face of the Mother of God with the Divine Child in her arms is so delicately and artistically done that the more one looks at it, the more difficult it is to tear ones gaze away. Below are some pictures taken on October 25 and 26, 2005 during the icon's visit here.
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