This round relief scapular with a movablehoop at the top is a replica of Our Lady of Kasperovo, which belongs to a type known as Eleusa (Tender or Mercuful Mother of God). This icon is peculiar in that only the faces and hands of the Blessed Virgin Mary and the Infant Jesus are visible against a dark background. The icon was brought to Russia from Transylvania by an unknown Serb and was inherited by a landowner named Yulianna Kasperova in the early 19th century. The icon was so ancient and darkened with time that the painted images were impossible to discern, but one night, after the owner spent a long time praying before the icon in great sorrow, it was suddenly renewed and the holy faces brightened. Since then, the icon became renowned for its miracles and healings. The most famous incident connected to the icon occurred during the Crimean War, when, owing to the Blessed Virgin’s intercession, Odessa remained unharmed despite being besieged the enemy fleet. The reverse depicts a braided cross of the variety carved on Orthodox Communion bread, framed in the words from the fifth song of the canon to the Blessed Virgin Mary in Church Slavonic.
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