Carpatho-Rusyn Christians, the Weeping Icon of Marijapovch is revered because
it stands for believers as a witness to the protection and intercession of the
Most Holy Mother of God. The icon itself comes from and expresses the life of
the Church in Eastern Europe. Its rich history reflects a deeply rooted faith
in God and a trusting devotion to the Mother of God.
the northeastern plains of Hungary, in the village of Povch (former Szabolcs County),
stands the Monastery of the Basilian Fathers, with a magnificent church. Stefan
Papp, brother of the pastor of the church in Povch, who had studied art in Italy,
was engaged by Laszlo Csigri to write an icon of the Mother of God for the ikonostas.
He painted the Virgin Mother on wood holding the Divine Infant with a three-petaled
tulip in His hand. Unable to pay for the icon, Lorincz Hurta, a well-to-do parishioner,
donated it to the church. In this church the first weeping of
the icon of the Mother of God took place on November 14, 1696 according to the
Julian calendar. The same miracle occurred again from December 8 to 19th of the
same year. Needless to say, this miracle was a great consolation to the discouraged
people of Povch. Ever since the first miraculous weeping, the village of Povch
has been called Marijapovch (in Hungarian, Máriapócs).
Leopold I, Emperor of Austria, had been informed of the miraculous icon, he immediately
had it transferred to Vienna. This royal act did not please the people of Povch
and they very reluctantly parted with the holy icon.
December 1, 1697, the icon was placed above the tabernacle of the main altar in
St. Stephens Basilica in Vienna. During the Second World War it was taken
down to the grottoes of the basilica for safe-keeping. After the war it was placed
above a new altar with a baldachin, close to the main entrance on the right-hand
side of the basilica.
carriage transporting the icon was delayed at each post depot on the route to
Vienna by large groups of people, who had gathered to pay homage to the icon.
Count Carbelli, a chamberlain of Emperor Leopold I, was so impressed by the piety
and devotion of the crowds that he ordered a Jesuit Father from Koice to
come to Barca, Abauj County, to make a copy of the icon for the church at Povch.
When the icon was completed, the people formed a procession and carried the new
icon to Marijapovch.
second icon of Marijapovch began to shed tears on the first, second, and third
of August in 1715. Devotion to the holy icon increased and the
church at Marijapovch became a most renowned place of pilgrimage. Nearly two
centuries passed before the third shedding of tears which took place in December