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A peasant from the Efremovskii district of Tula province, a retired soldier, was an alcoholic, and a drunkard. He would drink away all his pension, everything that he possessed, anything that could be found in his house, and eventually he was ruined and literally became a beggar. From excessive drinking, his legs became paralyzed, but still he continued drinking.
One day, the man, who seemed to have hit rock-bottom, had an unusual dream. In it a venerable old man came to him and said:
"Go to the city of Serpoukhov, to the monastery of the Theotokos. There you will find an icon of the Holy Mother called The Inexhaustible Cup. Have a moleben before it, and you will be healed, both spiritually and physically."