The original "Donskoy" Icon of the Mother of God was painted by Theophan the Greek. On the day of the Kulikovo Battle, the Icon was amidst the Russian army, giving it help, but after the victory it was passed on by the Don Cossacks as a gift to their commander, Greatprince Dimitrii Donskoy, who then transferred it to Moscow. In commemoration of the victory on the banks of the River Don, it was given the name of the "Donskoy" Icon.
In the year 1591, the Crimean khan Nuradin and his brother Murat-Girei invaded Russia with a great army, and advancing on Moscow, they positioned themselves on the Vorob'ev hills. For protection from their enemies, a church procession was made around Moscow with the Donskoy Icon of the Most Holy Mother of God. On the day of battle it was situated in the military chapel amidst the soldiers ranks, and set the Tatars to flight. In thanksgiving to the Most Holy Mother of God for her mercy, manifest through the Donskoy Icon, the Donskoy Monastery was founded in 1592 at the very place where it stood amidst the soldiers. The wonder-working icon was deposited there, and a feast day established on the 19th August.
By established custom, in the small cathedral in honour of the Donskoy Icon of the Mother of God, once every four years His Holiness the Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia performs the rite of the consecrating the holy chrism.
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UPDATE 2/27: Glory to God, the monastery finally had its power restored last night after an outage of nearly two weeks following the severe ice storm of Feb 15th. However, phones and internet service are still down and the divine services are therefore unable to be live-streamed.
We are working to fulfill orders placed via our online store as quickly as we are able, however our stock has been heavily depleted since production was severely debilitated during the weeks we had only generator power. We appreciate everyone's patience as we are doing our best to run our business during these circumstances.
We are still working to repair all the damage done by the ice storm. This has been greatly aided by the overwhelming outpouring of support from people across the country and even across the world, for which we are extraordinarily grateful. May God richly reward all the hundreds of people who have stepped forward to help us in our time of need!
Above all, we are grateful for everyone's prayers. Please continue to pray for us, and be assured of our unworthy prayers for you!