Mary told Maria Sokou all these. She also told her that 20 days after the delivery of the icon she was to die, which happened.
The icon came into the hands of Sokou in 1928. The reverence of the residents of Loutraki as well as the foreigners was growing gradually. They then thought to build a church. A committee was developed with the aid of the then bishop Damaskinos of Corinth and they built in a building ground which was granted by John Marras, opposite from today’s church where was the first church of Panagia Giatrissa, which was thus named because of the wondrous healings which she performed.
Taken up bodily into Heaven by Christ after she had died a mortal death as a pledge of the Resurrection of all on the Last Day, she is a great intercessor and a profound revelation as an icon of her Son, Who shines forth in her even today. We are all meant to be illumined icons of Christ, for we were made in His Image and Likeness, but we often don’t see this exalted ideal reached by continuous humility. God give us the strength to act accordingly!"
Apolytikion of Panagia Giatrissa - Third Tone
Fragrant nectar of the Theotokos, precious Throne of the King of All, you pour forth fragrance O Virgin to Your servants, for You held God in your womb, fill us with all divine grace, therefore now, we all ever preach and glorify You as the true Mother of God.
Most-Holy Theotokos save us!