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Throughout history, when a war erupts, people turn to prayer. Such was the case in Pochayiv, Ukraine, when an army came to invade a city.
In this city there is a miraculous icon of the Theotokos, having its origin in the 12th century.
In the 17th century, an army threatened to wipe out everyone in the city.
The University of Dayton‘s Marian Library explains how the local inhabitants turned to Our Lady of Pochayiv for protection.
The populace of Pochaev gathered at the monastery in order to weather the attack. Gathered together and facing certain death at the hands of the invaders, they “turned to Mary for protection and help.” The Blessed Virgin appeared along with Venerable Job of Pochaev and a host of angels. Her white mantle spread over the monastery and the arrows of the Turks were deflected. This caused enough confusion among the invaders that they scattered, allowing the Ukrainian military to turn their enemies back.
It is another example of how God can intervene in such horrible events, especially when the people join together in prayer.
Our Lady of Pochayiv, pray for Ukraine!