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“The Joy of All Who Sorrow” is an Orthodox icon which depicts Mary standing below Jesus, who is in heaven. Mary is shown in the center of the icon, holding out her arms to the many suffering people around her, who are asking for her intercession. There are different variations of the icon, but all feature the same general subject and depict Mary’s loving prayers. Various miracles have been attributed to the icon, including one in St. Petersburg, Russia in 1888, when the chapel holding the icon was struck by lightning. Though everything else was burned, the icon remained unsinged.