Thursday, March 5, 2015

The wondrous Icon of Panagia "Ierosolymitissa" ("Lady of Jerusalem") to visit Greece

The wondrous icon of Panagia "Ierosolymitissa" ("Lady of Jerusalem"), enthroned in the Holy Tomb of the Theotokos, Gethsemane (source)
The wondrous icon of the Theotokos "Ierosolymitissa" ("Lady of Jerusalem"), a wonderworking and acheiropoietos icon (i.e. not made by human hands), of which St. Paisios of Mount Athos commented that it most-closely resembled the appearance of the Theotokos as she appeared to him, will soon visit Greece.

The icon, which rests in the All-sacred Tomb of the Theotokos at Gethsemane, will be taken on March 24th, 2015 by the Exarch of the All-holy Tomb of Christ in Greece, Archimandrite Damianos, to the Holy Church of the Anargyioi (Holy Unmercenaries) in the Plaka, Athens. It will remain there throughout the rest of Great Lent, Holy Week and through Friday of Bright Week (The Feast of the Life-giving Spring of the Theotokos.

Throughout this time (with the exception of the Sunday and Monday of Pascha), the Holy Church of the Unmercenaries will remain open from 7AM (on days when there is Divine Liturgy) or 8AM (on days when there is not Divine Liturgy), until 7PM for veneration. This site lists the schedule of services, including nearly daily supplication services to the Theotokos. This is a great blessing for the people of Greece, and I recommend any who are able to go and venerate this truly wondrous icon (only otherwise available with a pilgrimage to the Holy Land) and ask for Panagia's help.
Panagia "Ierosolymitissa" ("Lady of Jerusalem"), detail (source)
Most-holy Theotokos, save us!

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