Kozelschanskaya icon of the Mother of God is one of the most recent icons of glorification (1881) and at the same time one of the most revered. This icon of Italian origin was brought to Russia by one of the court empress Elizaveta Petrovna (1741 – 1761). The owner of the icon married the clerk of the Zaporozhye army, Siromache. So the icon came to Ukraine. In the XIX century. it belonged to the Kapnist family and was their family shrine. The icon was in the village of Kozelshchyna, Poltava province. At the cheese week of 1880, the daughter of V.I. Kapnista, Maria, fell ill. The local doctor determined a slight dislocation of the legs, from the wrong bias to the side, and put a plaster cast. After some time, she was taken to a Kharkov surgeon. He also identified the dislocation. To reduce foot pain when walking, a special shoe was made with steel springs wrapped around the leg above the knee, and it was prescribed to take warm baths. Passed the post, but the patient did not feel relief.
After Easter, Maria felt a terrible pain in the other leg, which twisted in her, like the first. V. I. Kapnist again turned to the doctor, who found a dislocation in his left leg, and put steel springs on this leg, advising him to immediately take the girl to the Caucasus for treatment with mineral waters and mountain air. The journey to the Caucasus and the treatment caused even more suffering. The girl’s strength fell, she lost all sensitivity in her arms and legs and did not even feel any shots. During the examination, in addition to the previous injuries of the body, more dislocations were found in the shoulder joints, in the left thigh and extreme sensitivity in the spinal column throughout his
Parents and the patient already despair of salvation. But suddenly there was an opportunity to turn to the help of a foreign professor. As there was a long time before his arrival in Moscow, the patient asked to go home. Her father let her go to the village, taking with his wife the word to bring the sick daughter to Moscow when he received a notice about the arrival of the professor. February 21, 1881 received a telegram that the professor was going to Moscow. Such news alarmed the patient: would he also, like others, be powerless?
The mother, deciding to go the next day, pointing to the family image of the Mother of God, said to her daughter: "Masha, we are going to Moscow tomorrow, take the image of the Mother of God, clean His robe and pray stronger in front of our Protector. Ask them to help us make our way safely and cure your illness.". The patient herself, having lost hope of earthly doctors, put all hope on God and entrusted her fate to Heavenly help. This icon has long been known as the miraculous. According to the legend, she especially helped the girls who came to her with a prayer to arrange family happiness. At the same time, it became customary for the worshiper to clean the robe on the icon, rubbing it with cotton wool or a towel. Having pressed the holy icon to her breast, the patient, with the help of her mother, wiped it and the brunt of the illness, the grief and despair of the soul poured out before the face of the Mother of God. And the fervent, fervent prayer of the sick girl was heard. She immediately felt strength in her arms and legs and cried out loudly: "Mama! Mama! I feel legs! Mom, I feel hands". She tore off metal props and bandages and began to walk freely around the room, while continuing to hold the image of the Mother of God reverently in her hands. Immediately the parish priest was invited, and a prayer of thanksgiving was offered before the image of the Mother of God. The joyful event soon became known in the surrounding villages. Mother traveled to Moscow with her recovered daughter and took the holy image of the Mother of God with her. The rumor about healing spread quickly around Moscow and people began to flock to the hotel room, and then to the church, where they transferred the icon. From the icon came a few more healings. When the family returned home to Kozelshchyna, the entire neighborhood already knew about the healings from the Kozelschansk Icon of the Mother of God, which took place in Moscow, and many gathered to worship the image. It was not possible to store further the icon in the house, and, with permission. His Eminence John, Archbishop of Poltava, on April 23, 1881, the icon was transferred to a specially arranged temporary chapel. Every day, from early morning, the prayer-singing and reading of akathists did not fall silent before the image.
In 1882, a temple was built, and the definition of the Holy Synod of March 1, 1885 established a female community, on February 17, 1891, transformed into a convent in honor of the Nativity of the Most Holy Mother of God.
Currently, the Kozelshchanskaya Icon of the Mother of God is located in the Krasnogorsk Pokrovsky Convent (Kyiv Diocese). The Kozelschansk Icon of the Mother of God is composed by the Service (on February 21) and the Akathist.