The title of this icon is derived from the belief that the Theotokos appeared in a vision to Richeldis de Faverches, a devout Saxon noblewoman, in A.D. 1061 (when England was still considered part of the One Orthodox Catholic Church) in the village of Walsingham in Norfolk, England. Lady Richeldis had a Holy House built in Walsingham which became a shrine and place of pilgrimage, and the Shrine of Our Lady of Walsingham is the most renowned sanctuary of the Mother of God in the whole of the British Isles.
Today, Orthodox, Roman Catholic and Anglicans make pilgrimage to venerate the Theotokos there. Presently there is a chapel dedicated to Orthodox Christian worship there.
The beauty of the Theotokos
Posted by Fr Jason Hess on 14th Sep 2018
This was a custom icon I had UMS do for the parish I serve, and I must say, they did a fantastic job of capturing the beauty of the Theotokos. I ordered the XXL size, and it looks incredible when looking at it up close. I was overjoyed when I heard that UMS planned to offer it to the public as the really did do a wonderful job with this icon of Our Lady.