Ахтырская икона Пресвятой Богородицы. This icon was revealed to a priest of the Pokrov Church, in Akhtirska, Russia, in 1739, when he discovered it in a new mown field. He was instructed to wash it and when he planned to dispose of the water he used to wash it, by pouring it into a nearby river, he was instead directed in a dream to use it to heal all ailments. The Virgin Mary is known to "ever intercede" on our behalf. Here she knows the fate of the child she carries in her womb, and even before His nativity she is praying for all mankind's salvation. The Virgin Mary's uncovered hair symbolizes virginity and maidenhood. 6x8" Hand painted in Russia. 1 only.