Icon of the Holy Protection of the Mother of God

Posted on April 30, 2008. Filed under: Uncategorized |

The icon of the Holy Protection of the Mother of God commemorates an event in the early 10th century when Constantinople was attacked by a Muslim horde.
The faithful gathered in a church to implore the aid of the Holy Virgin.
She appeared in a vision to St. Andrew, Fool for Christ, and to his disciple, St. Epiphanios, high above all accompanied by a multitude of saints.
She knelt, removed and extended Her veil over the people in a sign of protection for those who sought Her intercession.
Heartened by this the Greeks repulsed the Muslims and saved the city.
We remember this event on October 1, Feast Day of the Holy Protection of the Mother of God.

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