Icon of the Theotokos of the Inexhaustible Cup - Russian - (12G68)

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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


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
    One of the most beautiful reproductions ever

    Posted by Adlwyn on 10th Aug 2023

    The colors are so vibrant and the message is so clear… We are proud to have this replication in our small arrangement.. BEAUTIFUL!

  • 5

    Posted by Jon on 24th Nov 2022

    An absolutely amazing beautiful icon

  • 5
    Icon Review

    Posted by Tim Swaty on 16th Nov 2021

    This is a beautiful icon. My priest was also impressed.

  • 5
    Excellent experience

    Posted by Fr. Joseph on 16th Oct 2021

    Thank you for making these icons available. Highly recommend Uncut Mountain!

  • 5

    Posted by Stephen Mattern on 18th Jun 2021

    This is a beautiful icon, pure and simple!

  • 5
    Beautiful icon

    Posted by Rose Wingfield on 12th Nov 2020

    This icon is beautiful and the quality is excellent. Highly recommend Uncut Mountain Supply.

  • 4
    Answer to prayer!

    Posted by Innocent on 8th Apr 2016

    We have so longed for an icon of The Inexhaustible Cup and are very grateful for the simple beauty and luminosity of our new Image of the Mother of God. Thank you!

  • 5
    Beautiful Icon

    Posted by Val W. Finnell, MD, MPH on 8th May 2014

    I am a member of the Fellowship of the Inexhaustible Cup (http://www.inexhaustiblecup.org/) and this icon assists me with doing my daily prayers using the Akathist of the Inexhaustible Cup.

    I would highly recommend this beautiful icon. The colors are rich and the price was very reasonable.

  • 5
    Soared Above My Expectations

    Posted by Unknown on 27th Feb 2014

    I was stunned by the beauty of this icon.It is so well-crafted and the colors are rich. I purchased it as a gift and felt such joy in presenting it. It truly radiates the inexhaustible love and compassion it represents.
    Customer service with Uncut Mountain also went above and beyond to fulfill my order. So Grateful!