The "Converser" Icon of the Mother of God is so named because it depicts the Mother of God and St. Nicholas of Myra speaking with the sacristan George.
This event occurred soon after the appearance of the Tikhvin Icon of the Most Holy Theotokos in 1383, when the Most Holy Theotokos Herself commanded sacristan George to say that they should replace the metal cross on the newly-constructed temple in Her honor at Tikhvin with a wooden one.
At the place of this vision a chapel was built in honor of St. Nicholas the Wonderworker. The chapel burned several times (the first time was in 1390 at the same time as the church of the Tikhvin Icon of the Most Holy Theotokos).
In 1515, a wooden church was built and a monastery founded in honor of this holy icon.
By permission of the Orthodox Church in America (www.oca.org )