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Theotokos of Pochayiv

Theotokos of Pochayiv (Ukrainian: Почаївська ікона Пресвятої Богородиці) is an Eastern Orthodox icon of the Virgin Mary, painted in a late Byzantine style, of the Eleusa iconographic type.

It has been in the Pochayiv Lavra (monastery), in Ternopil oblast, Ukraine, since 1597, when it was given by a wealthy widow Anna or Hanna Hoyska, who owned the town of Pochayiv in second half of XVI century. Earlier the sacred image was given to Anna by Greek metropolitan Neophyte.[1] According to some sources, Virgin Mary depicted on the icon helped to heal the brother of Hanna Hoyska Philip from blindness.

Later the Theotokos of Pochayiv acquired a reputation as a miracle-working icon. The day of Theotokos of Pochayiv icon is marked by Orthodox communities on August, 5.[2]

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