Icon of the Mother of God of Murom

The Murom Icon of the Mother of God was transferred to Murom from Kiev by the enlightener of this remote region, the holy Prince Constantine (May 21), in the twelfth century.

St Constantine urged the pagans to accept Christianity, but they were stubborn and decided to murder the prince. Learning of this, the saint came out to the pagans with the Icon of the Mother of God he had brought from Kiev. The grace issuing forth from Her countenance touched the hearts of the pagans. They asked for the prince’s forgiveness and agreed to be baptized.

St Basil of Ryazan (July 3) sailed from Murom to Ryazan on his mantiya, while carrying this icon. The Murom icon was originally commemorated during the Apostles’ Fast, but the celebration was moved to April 12 (the Feast of St Basil).

In the Murom icon, Christ leans against His Mother’s shoulder, and He holds a scroll which says, “I am the light of the world.”