Icon of the Theotokos of the Inexhaustible Cup - (12G67)

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The History of the Icon of The Inexhaustible Cup

18/5 May

The "Inexhaustible Cup" Icon of the Most Holy Theotokos was revealed in Russia in 1878. A retired soldier from Tula had spent his pension on alcohol, ruining his health. Though he was no longer able to walk, he continued to drink. 

One night a holy Elder appeared to him in a dream and told him to go to the Serpukhov monastery of the Mother of God. "Have a Molieben served before her Icon "The Inexhaustible Chalice." Since he had no money and could not walk, the man paid no attention to the dream. Then the Elder appeared a second and third time, speaking to him with increasing severity. 

Crawling on all fours, the man reached the next village and stayed in the home of an old woman. She rubbed his legs, and he began to feel better. The next day, he resumed his journey with two canes, then with one, until he arrived at the monastery. 

He described his dreams to the monks, but none of them had ever heard of "The Inexhaustible Cup" Icon. Finally, one of them remembered an icon on which a chalice was depicted. On the back of the icon was an inscription, "The Inexhaustible Chaice." After the Molieben, the peasant returned home restored to health, and cured of his alcoholism. 

News of the miracle spread, and many alcoholics and their families came to pray before the Icon. Many of them came back to thank the Mother of God for answering their prayers. Every Sunday in the Serpukhov-Vyotsk monastery a Molieben with an Akathist is served before the Icon for those who are addicted to alcohol.

A copy of the Akathist to the Inexhaustible Cup can be found here: http://www.orthodoxresearchinstitute.org/resources/services/akathist_inexhaustible_cup.htm

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  • 5

    Posted by Christine on 27th Nov 2023

    So beautiful!

  • 5

    Posted by Sue Levinsky-Cummings on 14th Aug 2023

    Absolutely Beautiful! Excellent quality.

  • 5
    No Corners Cut

    Posted by J. B. P. on 22nd Dec 2019

    Great attention was paid to the details. Truly excellent work.

  • 5
    Icon of the Inexhaustible Cup

    Posted by Sherry Eckert on 24th Jun 2019


  • 5
    Beautiful work, caring service

    Posted by Sister Diana on 20th Jul 2018

    I ordered two Icons of the Theotokos of the Inexhaustible Cup. They arrived when they were supposed to according to the website. One was in excellent condition. The other arrived somehow damaged in the post. An e-mail with photos of the damage received a quick reply and a replacement Icon was sent and arrived in great shape in short order. I am grateful for their caring response and excellent work.