When resorting to “The Virgin of Tenderness” they pray for the healing of ailments.
The icon was placed in the cell of Ven. Seraphim of Sarov, who anointed the sick with the oil from the lamps lighting before the icon, and sick were cured.
Ven. Seraphim went to the Lord before the icon, another name of which is “The Joy of all Joes”.
Our Lady ia traditionally depicted in a maphory (a shawl of married women covering head and shoulders) and a tunic (long dress).
The three stars on her clothes of the virgin – one on the forehead and two on her shoulders – symbolize that Mary was a virgin before, during and after the birth of Christ.
The inscription on the Icon is given by tradition in the Greek abbreviation: ΜΡ QΥ (Mother of God).
The riza (metal plating) on on the icon is covered with carved pattern of high relief: cartouches, acanthus leaves and stems, and the faces of angels peeping out.
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.
The feast day of “The Virgin of Tenderness” is August, 10.