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

7 Reviews

  • 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!

  • 5
    Powerful Beautiful Icon

    Posted by Biserka on 12th Feb 2014

    Powerful Unique and Beautiful Icon

  • 5
    Powerful Iconography

    Posted by Anna on 25th Jan 2014

    Very beautifully done. Our church started using it in a service the day after its arrival. Thank you for a job well done.

  • 5
    Awesome

    Posted by Laura Roth on 1st Nov 2013

    The deep colors and quality are wonderful. Very rich and well done. My favorite icons I've ordered.