Parental prayer for children, as an expression of special love, has always been of great importance in Christianity. There are also opinions about which saint and before which way is best to pray for a child.
It is believed that a Christian is given a guardian angel at baptism, who must preserve the soul of a person and bring it to God. Therefore, in addition to the icons of the Savior and the Mother of God, many try to place the image of the guardian angel in the nursery from the first days of the baby's life. Also, parents who have enough funds can order a personalized “measured” icon - the image of the saint, after whom the child is named. It is called “measured” because its height corresponds to the growth of the baby at its birth, and the saint is usually depicted on it in full growth.
Sergius of Radonezh, Nicholas the Wonderworker are some of the most revered saints in Russia. Usually, it is customary to pray in front of the image of Sergius of Radonezh in case of poor academic performance - this is due to the fact that, according to the life of the saint, in childhood he was not given a literacy for a long time. Some episodes from the life of St. Nicholas also served as a reason for addressing him with prayers for children. Thus, the life describes a case when the saint saved the daughters of one poor man from hunger and shame by secretly throwing bags of gold on him.
In connection with children, the images of the Mother of God are especially revered among the people. Many people especially highlight the icon "Adding Mind", as they believe that it is best to pray in front of it for academic success. The image has an unusual iconography and a rather curious history. According to the legend, it was painted in the 17th century by an icon painter whom the Mother of God delivered from madness, and he called the icon “The addition of mind the Most Holy Theotokos”. On it, the Savior and the Mother of God are depicted as if swaddled. In the XX century, researchers found that the prototype of the image is a statue from the city of Loreto. The legend of Our Lady of Loret and images of this Italian shrine were known in Russia as early as the 16th century.
Despite popular preferences, one should not forget that the icon itself is nothing more than an "adaptation" for the convenience of prayer and does not have an independent "protective power". Prayer, according to the Christian spirit, is performed first of all not in front of the icon and not the icon, but in the heart and God.