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Icon of Our Lady with three hands

Icon of
Our Lady with three hands

This is the most famous icon in the Serbian Monastery Hilandar, Mount Athos, Greece. A Legend says that this icon was made by Apostle Luke, and, since he knew the Mother of God personally, it shows how She really looked like. Rich history of this icon is connected with St. John Damascus. He served in the castle of Syria's Calif and he was accused as an enemy of state and his right hand was cut off as a sentence. He was a man of great faith and with love for Mother of God. He asked Calif for his hand and prayed in front of this icon for healing and he was healed ! He made a silver right hand and put it on the icon as a symbol of his miraculous healing. He also gave the icon its name.

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