Theotokos Samarska

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Theotokos of Novi Kodaky or Theotokos Samarska (Ukrainian: Самарська ікона Пресвятої Богородиці) is a Christian Orthodox icon that has been venerated by the Zaporozhian Cossacks of the Dnieper Ukraine on April 24.

The icon appeared in the village of Novi Kodaky, 7 versts north-west of Yekaterinoslav, at some point in the 18th century. Its origin is believed to lie in the Orient. By the mid-1760s, the icon, then kept in the local church of St. Nicholas, attracted crowds of pilgrims, including high-placed officers and generals.[1] Nowadays it is the centerpiece of the Trinity Cathedral in Dnipropetrovsk.


  1. Tserkovni hroniki, Orthodoxy in Ukraine, April 2007, in Ukrainian.

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