VIRGIN MARY OF KORSUN
Tradition says that this holy icon had been brought to Kersun from Transylvania by a Serb at the end of sixteenth century. Passing down from parent and child, the icon had come to a certain Mrs. Kasperova of Kersun in 1809.
One night in February of 1840 she was praying, seeking consolation in her many sorrows. Looking at the icon of the Virgin, she noticed that the features of the icon darkened by age, had suddenly become bright.
Soon the icon was glorified by many miracles, and people regarded it as wonder-working.
During the Crimean War (1853-1856), the icon was carried in procession through the city of Odessa, which was besieged by enemy forces. On Great and Holy Friday, the city was spared.
Since that time, an Akathist has been served before the icon in the Dormition Cathedral of Odessa every Friday. The Kasperov Icon is commemorated on October 1, June 29 and Bright Wednesday.
This icon is one of many modern icons modeled after the miraculous original.
The icon by the hand of Janusz Charczuk
Egg tempera on wood, priming on textile, background 23 K gold leaf.
29.0 x 22.0 cm (11.5 x 8.5 in)