On the Smolensk Icon there is no head-turning of the Virgin, which is characteristic for the Iver Icon. The Blessed Virgin looks straight, with her left hand supporting the Christ Child, Who blesses the faithful with His right hand, holding a scroll in the left.
This miraculous icon is one of the most important shrines of the Russian land. The believers have received and receive an abundant help of grace from it. Through her image, the Mother of God protects the faithful and supports them, showing the way to salvation. Her feast day is August, 10.
The miraculous icon of the Blessed Virgin, called “Hodegetria of Smolensk”, is known in Russia from ancient times.
A Hodegetria (“She who shows the Way”), or Virgin Hodegetria, is an iconographic picture of the Virgin Mary, or Theotokos as they title her in the Eastern Orthodox Church, who holds the Christ Child at her side, pointing at Him as the only source of salvation. In the Western Church this iconographic topic is widely known as “Our Lady of the Way”.
There are several versions of the origin of this title, but the fact is that for all Orthodox Christians the Blessed Virgin is the guide to eternal salvation and undeniable truth.
Being the first intercessor before God, Our Lady of Smolensk helps everyone resorting to her with prayers for the healing of incurable diseases, in search of family peace and in other difficult and irresolvable cases, as the.
Like the Church Icons plated with a gilded riza (a metal plating on an icon), the Icon of the Easter Egg is framed with a superimposed decorative pattern.
Each of the Eggs is unique because its components are hand-made and manually assembled. Thus there are no existing absolutely identical copies of any of the Easter Eggs offered to your attention.
According to the Russian Orthodox tradition, all of the products offered (icons, pectoral crosses, candles, church plate elements) are sanctified in the Temple by sprinkling with Holy water.