The Kasperov Icon of the Most Holy Theotokos during the Crimean War of 1853-1855 defended the city of Odessa against an incursion of hostile forces. Archbishop Innocent (Borisov) directed “that this event should not be forgotten in the teaching of posterity,” and should be commemorated on October 1. The icon had already been acknowledged as wonderworking and glorified by the Holy Synod in 1840, after investigation of a whole series of miracles. Before this, the image had been kept by the landowner Juliana Ioannovna Kasperova, who received it as a sacred family heirloom in 1809.
An Akathist is served every Friday at the Dormition Cathedral of Odessa before the Kasperov Icon, which is also commemorated on June 29 and Bright Wednesday.