Icon "Triloletstvuyuschaya": about what they pray, description, meaning. Icon of the little Virgin
Christianity is one of the three worldsreligions. It is based on the teachings of the God-man Jesus Christ. According to Christian dogmas, Christ redeemed by his death the sins of mankind and revealed to him the path of reunification with God. Jesus came into the world thanks to the immaculate conception of an earthly woman, whose name is Mary.
Virgin Mary and her earthly path
The Most-Holy Theotokos was a girl from Nazareth. The story of her son's conception is amazing. Without the participation of an earthly man, through the Holy Spirit, a new life was born in her womb. Thus the Blessed Virgin became the mother of Jesus Christ. She is one of the most revered saints in the Christian religion. All believers worship the image of the Virgin, portrayed in icons. In Christian churches there are more than one hundred. Some of them are more common, as, for example, Kazan or Iverskaya, but few have heard of others. The latter includes the icon "Trilletstvuyuschaya".
About what they pray before different icons
In fact, it is not so important, before which iconyou are praying. The main thing is with what heart you do it. After all, in fact a person brings prayers not specifically to the icon, but to the image that stands behind the image on it. Praying is necessary with faith in the heart, while having pure thoughts.Only then will prayer be heard. However, nevertheless, there are generally accepted recommendations as to what to ask the Mother of God for this or that icon. For example, before the icon "Blessed heaven" people ask the Virgin Mary for guidance on the true path leading to the Kingdom of Heaven; The icon "Vsezaritsa" helps to heal cancer patients; before the icon "Unfading Color" it is customary to pray for the bestowal of a righteous life and the resolution of family problems. The Most Holy Theotokos is our intercessor helping all who suffer, and the prayer of everyone who sincerely believes in the grace of God will be heard.
The icon "Trilletstvuyuschaya"
Among all other icons of the Blessed Virgin Mary there isone very interesting, about which, perhaps, not all heard. It is not traditional. This icon, which depicts a three-year-old girl with huge brown eyes in a blue tunic with a snow-white lily in her hand. The girl's hair is loose, her head is uncovered.
Evidence that this imageis attributed to the icons, is a halo and an inscription. Otherwise, it could be taken for a picture, so it does not fit into the framework of iconography. This icon depicts a little Virgin Mary at the age of three. Its name is taken from the canon of the Feast of the introduction into the Church of the Blessed Virgin Mary. It mentions the word "triennial", because it was at this age that the introduction of a little girl into the House of God took place. While still a child, the Mother of God had such greatness and spiritual maturity that experienced clergymen bowed before her.
The history of the icon
The icon of the Mother of God "Trilletstvuyuschaya" waswas written not so long ago with the blessing of a nun from the monastery of the Ukrainian city of Rivne. Its prototype was a postcard, which was brought from Jerusalem. There are also sources claiming that this icon is Catholic. The white lily in the hand of the child is a sign of purity and purity. A blue tunic symbolizes virginity. According to many critics, the icon of the little Virgin is just a story that reflects the events of the Feast of the Introduction to the Temple.In the iconography of the Russian Orthodox Church it is absent.
Why the icon is forbidden to spread in the diocese of the ROC
Prohibition of its use and distributionis connected with the fact that it is not an Orthodox icon. She is treated only as a picture depicting a little girl. From the point of view of icon painting it does not coincide with canonical patterns and is completely unconventional. The blue tunic on the girl is the only attribute taken from the iconography.
On traditional Orthodox icons, the Virgin,regardless of age, is depicted with a covered head. According to some clerics, this view lacks many details that reflect the essence of the events. The icon "Trilletstvuyuschaya," whose meaning for Orthodox Christians is ambiguous, reflects the age of the Virgin, but spiritual beauty, according to many, it is not shown in full. The vocation of iconography is the disclosure of the height and grandeur of the feat of the Mother of God, its spiritual maturity, and only traditional Orthodox icons fulfill this mission in full. Icon "Trilletstvuyuschaya" for iconography in its traditional sense has a weak relation. It breaks out of the common channel.
Icon "Triloletstvuyuschaya": what are they praying for before her?
Since the image of a little girl, depicted inthis icon, is associated with motherhood, then the prayers that are born when you see it correspond to this feeling. The most often addressed to her are women who very much want to become pregnant and have a baby, but for some reason they do not get it. It is this icon that touches the most intimate feelings in their souls, and they believe that when they address the Most Holy Theotokos through this image their prayers will certainly be heard. Also this image is popular with already held mothers with young children. In this case, mothers ask for their children health, chastity and long life. Especially they like to put "Trilletuyuschuyu" at the head of a baby crib, because they believe that then their children will be under the auspices of the Blessed Virgin Mary, and she will protect them from all troubles.
The clergy's opinions on the icon "Trilletstvuyuschaya"
Church ministers are ambivalent about thisto the image. It is clear that the "Trietletvuyuschaya" is absent from the iconography and can not be considered an Orthodox icon. However, many parishioners are interested in how to treat this image, if it was given to them, for example, or just really like it. Should I keep it at home or not? Many priests tend to believe that there is definitely no wrong in this image, so they can not forbid keeping the icon "Trilletuyuschuy" at home. But they advise to treat it appropriately. The clergymen propose to view it as an artistic illustration to the events of those days, and in this they see nothing bad. However, they still recommend to pray before the icons, which are accepted and distributed in all Orthodox churches.
How to honor the Most Holy Theotokos
When we turn to the Most Holy Theotokos through prayer, we must first of all remember that we worship not a certain icon, but the image that stands behind it.That is, we are not referring to the icon, but directly to the Virgin Mary, its image only helps us to feel the spiritual connection better. The icon "Trilletstvuyuschaya" should not be an exception in this respect either. If this image inspires you with the right spiritual thoughts, you can store it at home. The main thing is that you must be pure in heart and mind, believe in God's grace. Only faith and love can work miracles. Whatever the icon, if you are not a deeply believing in the soul of a person, it is unlikely that you will be helped. Cultivate spiritually, never stop in your development, work on yourself - and you will certainly be heard in your prayers.