Icon of the Mother of God “the Softener of Evil Hearts”

The “Softener (or “Consoler”) of Evil Hearts” Icon of the Mother of God is similar to the “Seven Arrows” Icon (August 13). It depicts the Theotokos with seven swords piercing her heart (Luke 2:35). There are three swords on the right side, three on the left, and one from below. In Holy Scripture the number seven indicates wholeness, completeness, and fullness. In this case, it represents the fullness of sorrow, grief, and pain which the Most Holy Theotokos endured during her earthly life. The icon appears to be of Western origin.

The “Softener of Evil Hearts” Icon is also commemorated on the Sunday of All Saints.