Orthodox Christians from all over America are coming together to support the new Monastery of the Mother of God, Joy of All Who Sorrow located “on the mountain” in southeastern Tennessee. All services will be conducted in English. Please call before visiting.
History of the Joy of All Who Sorrow Icon
The wonderworking “Joy of All Who Sorrow” Icon of the Mother of God was glorified in the year 1688. Euphymia, the sister of Patriarch Joachim (1674-1690), lived in Moscow and suffered from an incurable illness for a long time. One morning during a time of prayer she heard a voice say, “Euphymia! Go to the temple of the Transfiguration of My Son; there you will find an icon called the ‘Joy of All Who Sorrow.’ Have the priest celebrate a Molieben with the blessing of water, and you will receive healing from sickness.” Euphymia did as she was directed by the Most Holy Theotokos, and she was healed. This occurred on October 24, 1688.
Meaning of the Icon
This icon depicts the Mother of God standing among the flowers of paradise with Christ - her Son and the King of Heaven and earth - visible above her in the clouds. Along both sides of the icon, are suppliants (us) asking for her intercession. She stands with her arms spread open and her head tilted as if listening. The tenderness and kindness of a loving mother are evident in her face. She stands in paradise and yet among us.
To the right is the first English language version of the icon, The Joy of All Who Sorrow, by the hand of Fr. Theodore Jurewicz of Erie, PA (1978).
Also to the right is the recording of a sticheron (used as a refrain throughout the piece) from vespers of the Feast of the Mother of God, Joy of All Who Sorrow:
"Joy of All Who Sorrow art thou, and of the oppressed a protectress, nurture of all the poor, comfort unto strangers; a staff art thou for the blind, visitation of all the sick, a shelter and succour to them bought down by pain, helper of orphaned ones; Mother of God in the highest art thou, O undefiled one; hasten to redeem thy servants, we entreat."
Hymns to the Mother of God,
Joy of All Who Sorrow
Troparion of the Icon (Tone 4)
Let us the sinful and unworthy fervently run to the Mother of God
And fall down crying in repentance from the depths of our souls:
Help us, O Lady who hast had mercy on us.
Hasten, for we perish from a multitude of sins.
Turn not thy servants empty away, for we have thee as our only hope.
Apolytikion in the Plagal of the First Tone
They that pray before thy holy icon, O sovereign Lady, are made worthy of healing,
receive the gift of understanding of the true Faith, and repel the attacks of the Hagarenes;
likewise for us who fall down before thee, do thou ask for forgiveness of our sins.
Enlighten our hearts with devout purpose and raise thy prayer to thy Son for the salvation of our souls.
Kontakion in the First Tone
Thine icon of Pochaev, O Theotokos, hath been shown to be a source of healing
and a confirmation of the Orthodox Faith.
Therefore deliver us who flee to it from danger and temptation;
preserve thy Lavra unharmed; strengthen Orthodoxy in the neighbouring lands;
and loose thy suppliants from sins; for thou canst do whatsoever thou dost will.
Apolytikion in the Fourth Tone
To God's Birthgiver let us run now most earnestly,
we sinners all and wretched ones, and fall prostrate in repentance,
calling from the depths of our souls:
Lady, come unto our aid, have compassion upon us;
hasten thou, for we are lost in a throng of transgressions; turn not thy servants away with empty hands, for thee alone do we have as our only hope.
Kontakion of the Icon (Tone 6)
We have no other help, we have no other hope,
Apart from thee, O sovereign Lady.
Come to our help. We hope in thee
And in thee we glory.
Let us not be confounded,
For we are thy servants.