Commemorated on July 28
In the fifteenth century, the Vydropussk Hodigitria Icon of the Mother of God was located in the Church of the Great Martyr George in the village of Vydropussk, Novgorod. During a fire in the church, this holy icon remained undamaged. After the taking of Novgorod by Great Prince Ivan III, his army returned with the icon to Moscow.
When the first service of thanksgiving was served before the stolen holy icon, and upon the reading of the words of the Gospel: “...and returned to Her own house” (Luke. 1:56), a strong wind came upon the group, the canopy of the church opened, the Icon of the Mother of God was raised up in the air and miraculously transported back to the church in Vydropussk. The guilty thief of the holy icon repented and came on foot to Vydropussk begging the Mother of God to forgive him.
In the sixteenth century, this holy icon was again taken to Moscow, and from it an exact copy was made for the church in Vydropussk. The original was placed in the Church of the Transfiguration in Torzhek.
By permission of the Orthodox Church in America (www.oca.org )