“Joyful” Icon of the Mother of God

The “Joyful” (Vzigranie) Icon of the Most Holy Theotokos appeared near Moscow on November 7, 1795 . Nothing is known of the history of the icon, except that many miracles have taken place before it.

Icons of this name are found in the Novodevichii Monastery in Moscow, and in the Vatopedi Monastery on Mt Athos. In appearance, the “Joyful” Icon resembles the “Pelagonitissa” Icon, a variant of the Glykophylousa (“Sweet-Kissing”) or Eleousa type.

The Icon is sometimes called “Child Leaping for Joy.”