From left to right:
Apostle Peter, Apostle John, Mother of God,Monk Sergius
“Apparitions of Our Lady to Sergius of Radonezh”
(Явление Богоматери Сергию Радонежскому)
The iconography of the “Apparitions of Our Lady to Sergius of Radonezh” was based on the text of the Life of the Monk Sergius,Epiphanius the Wise, compiler of the first edition of his Life. He tells that on Friday of the Christmas fast after the prayer of Our Lady, the Monk Sergius addressed his disciple Mikhey with the words: “Child, be vigilant and awake, because the vision is wonderful and terrible for us this hour” . Then a voice rang out: “Behold the Most Holy One is coming!” Sergius hurried to leave the cell and saw the Mother of God accompanied by the apostles Peter and John. The reverend fell prostrate, and Mikhey covered his face with his hands, unable to withstand the radiance emanating from the Virgin. The Mother of God, turning to Sergius, promised never to leave the Trinity Monastery with her care.