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The Weeping Icon of Mariapoch

Among Hungarian and Slavic Eastern Christians, the Weeping Icon of Mariapoch is revered because it stands for believers as a witness to the protection and intercession of the Most Holy Mother of God.

The icon itself comes from and expresses the life of the Church in Eastern Europe. Its rich history reflects a deeply rooted faith in God and a trusting devotion to the Mother of God.

In the north-eastern plains of Hungary, in the village of Poch, stands the monastery of the Basilian Fathers, with a magnificent church dedicated to St. Michael the Archangel. In this church the first weeping of the Icon of the Mother of God took place in November, 1696. Amidst political and internal turmoil, the image of the Virgin, painted on wood, began to shed tears. This weeping continued for five days and was witnessed by numer ous persons.

When Leopold I, Emporer of Austria, had been informed of the mir aculous icon, he immediately had it transferred to Vienna. This royal act did not please the people of Poch, and it was very reluctantly that they parted with the Holy Icon. Three duplicate icons were painted, and one of these was placed again in the Church at Poch.

This second Icon of Mariapoch began to shed tears in August, 1715. Devotion to the Holy Icon increased, and the Church at Mariapoch became a most renowned place of pilgrimage. Nearly two centuries passed before the third and final shedding of tears took place in December, 1905.

The color plate of the Weeping Icon of Mariapoch in this collection (above left) is based on the original Icon which now remains in the Basilica of Vienna. Perhaps the more popular form of the Icon (above right) is the copy made after the first weeping, and now present at the Church of Poch. Originally painted on wood and fully exposed, the icon was later covered with precious metal and stones as a sign of esteem and reverence. As many faithful pilgrims approached it in veneration, they left jewelry and other precious items.

THEOTOKION — No other help, no other hope do we possess besides you O Most Pure Virgin. Do aid us, for we hope in you, we glory in you. We are your servants; let us not be confounded.