Table of contents:
- Icon "Chernobyl Savior"
- Icon "Mother of God of the victims of Chernobyl" or "Mother of God of Chernobyl"
- Icon "Jesus heals the children of Chernobyl"
The accident at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant turned into a terrible tragedy, which claimed almost half a million human lives and made hundreds of thousands of children sick. The land of the ancestors of thousands of people turned into a wounded, uninhabitable territory, which today is called the "exclusion zone". The disaster did not leave indifferent people, including believers. And today in many Orthodox churches there are icons dedicated to the events in Chernobyl.
Icon "Chernobyl Savior"
The most famous icon, painted in memory of the victims and the health of those who survived the Chernobyl disaster, is the "Chernobyl Savior". The icon is interesting not only for the plot reflecting recent events, but also for the fact that it depicts people in modern attire. The icon contains the figures of the Mother of God, Jesus Christ and the Archangel Michael, who leads the army of the living and perished "Chernobyl victims".
The icon was created by the icon painter of the Trinity-Sergius Lavra Vladislav Goretsky, who owns a unique technique of working with gold leaf. During the consecration of the icon, which took place in 2003 in the Kiev-Pechersk Lavra, according to eyewitnesses, a series of miraculous phenomena occurred. First, a dove flew right over the icon, then a rainbow appeared in the form of a halo among the clouds, after which many believers saw the appearance of an Orthodox cross in the sky, with the sun in the crosshair.
Although the icon was handed over to the Dormition Church of the Kiev-Pechersk Lavra, the "Chernobyl Savior" is constantly in processions of the cross. Various lists of the icon are placed in many churches in Ukraine, Russia and Belarus. With the blessing of His Holiness Patriarch Alexy II of Moscow and All Russia, a complete list of the Chernobyl Savior icon was presented to the Cathedral of Christ the Savior in Moscow. Another consecrated list was donated to the residents of Japan who were injured in the accident at the Fukushima-1 nuclear power plant.
Believers all over the world are sure that the icon "Chernobyl Savior" helps the ailing Chernobyl land, gives strength to survivors of the tragedy, suffering people, strengthens their spirit and will. In 2006, a monument to the victims of the Chernobyl disaster was erected in Donetsk, including the icon "The Chernobyl Savior" made using the mosaic technique.
In Tomsk, on the occasion of the 60th anniversary of nuclear tests at the Semipalatinsk test site and the 55th anniversary of the creation of special risk units, a Chernobyl Savior was installed in the Chapel of the Transfiguration of the Lord. The plot of this icon differs from the Ukrainian one, but from the first days the icon became revered in the same way among the parishioners.
Icon "Mother of God of the victims of Chernobyl" or "Mother of God of Chernobyl"
The icon "Mother of God of the Victims of Chernobyl" (white "Mother of God of Chernobyl Victims") was painted back in 1990 by Alexei Marochkin and in the same year was illuminated by ministers of different confessions on Freedom Square in Minsk.
The icon is often used by the public movement "Charnobylskі shlyakh" ("The Chernobyl way"). There is a known image of this icon in stone in a temple in the city of Vetka (Belarus).
Icon "Jesus heals the children of Chernobyl"
Among the traditional images in the Church of the Intercession of the Most Holy Theotokos in Germany, there is a small but very light icon, which depicts Jesus Christ surrounded by children against the background of Chernobyl nuclear reactors.
This icon has an amazing and touching story. To save the dying children affected by radiation, who were brought to Germany for treatment, the German artist depicted them on the icon next to Christ. His Holiness the Patriarch and many believers prayed in front of this unique way, and all the children survived. There is a list of this icon in Chernobyl, having learned about the unusual image, the believers asked the artist to make a copy.
A reminder of the terrible tragedy was and graffiti on the walls of Pripyat, which are left here by extreme tourists.