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What is the icon of The Joy of All Who Sorrow?

Ginny Kubitz Moyer Answers:

“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.

 
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The Author : Ginny Kubitz Moyer
Ginny Kubitz Moyer is the author of the award-winning book Mary and Me: Catholic Women Reflect on the Mother of God. She lives with her family in the San Francisco Bay Area and blogs at randomactsofmomness.com.
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