Fire-Appearing icon of Mother of God

The origin of this icon and the time of its appearance are unknown. Probably, this iconographic type of icon of the Mother of God derives from one of the post-Nikonian icons of the Deisis lype in which the painter shows the Most Holy Theotokos on the left-hand side of Jesus Christ, and not the right-hand side, which is in violation of the ideologi­cal concepts of the Church, Its name, 'Tire-Appearing" comes from the reddish color of Virgin Mary's garments and face used by the painter in this lype of icon. The Mother of God symbolizes the New Testament Church and also the blood of the Lamb, the Most Holy Redeemer Jesus Christ, shed for the sake of humankind. Feast day: February 10/23.