Depicted in this icon are six of the Holy Hierarchs of Moscow and of All-Russia. They were all dedicated to Christ from their youth and became ascetic monks, merciful pastors, and great beacons of the Church. They taught many by their words and examples, and fought hard to preserve the True Faith intact. They were also known for healing the sick in their lifetime, and wonder-working after their deaths.
Consoling the grieving, teaching repentance, showing themselves as icons of steadfast pillars of Faith and practice, these six men are called upon to protect their land and their spiritual inheritance often in prayers of the Faithful, in Moscow, in Russia, and abroad. Those depicted holding and standing around the icon of the Theotokos in this icon are these six holy hierarchs of Moscow: Metropolitan Peter (from a.d. 1308 to 1328), Metropolitan Alexis (a.d. 1354 to 1376), Metropolitan Jonah (from a.d. 1448 to 1461), Metropolitan Philip (from a.d. 1567 to 1569), Patriarch Tikhon (from a.d. 1917 to 1925), and Patriarch Hermogenes (from a.d. 1606 to 1612). O Holy Hierarchs, pray to God for us!