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Thursday, April 16, 2015

0065 - Arrival of Copy of Miraculous Icon of Panagia Portaitisjsa in Australia.



Με λαμπρότητα Υποδέχτηκε η Μελβούρνη Την Παναγία Πορταΐτισσα                      

Την Τρίτη Διακαινησίμου, 14η Απριλίου με την ευλογία του Σεβασμιωτάτου Αρχιεπισκόπου Αυστραλίας, κ.κ. Στυλιανού, ο Ιερός Ναός Κοιμήσεως Της Θεοτόκου North Altona υποδέχθηκε με λαμπρότητα, πλήθους κόσμου και Εκκλησιαστική Μεγαλοπρέπεια, αντίγραφο της Ιεράς Εικόνας της Παναγίας Πορταΐτισσας τήν οποία, εστάλλει ως ευλογία απο την Ιερά Βασιλική και Σταυροπηγιακή Μονή Ιβήρων του Αγίου Όρους. Ο Ιερός Ναός έχει αφιερωμένο ένα παρρεκλήσιον προς τιμήν Της Παναγίας Πορταΐτισσας. 

Στήν υποδοχή, ενθρόνιση και Πανυγηρικό Εσπερινό, προηξήρχε ο Θεοφιλέστατος Επίσκοπος της Ρουμανικής Ορθόδοξης Εκκλησίας εν Αυστραλία κ.κ.Μιχαήλ και παρουσία  των Θεοφιλεστάτων Επισκόπων Δέρβης κ.κ. Ιεζεκιήλ και Μιλητουπόλεως κ.κ. Ιακώβου. Ο Πανυγηρικός Εσπερινός είχε Πανορθόδοξο χαρακτήρα, καθώς συμμετείχανε πολλοί Ιερείς της Αντιοχειανής Ορθόδοξης Εκκλησίας, της Ρουμανικής Ορθόδοξης Εκκλησίας και Ιερέων της Ιεράς Αρχιεπισκοπής μας. Η Βυζαντινή Χορωδία της Αρχιεπισκοπής έψαλλε με τήν συμμετοχή και αποφοίτων της Αθωνιάδος Εκκλησιαστικής Ακαδημίας, Αγίου Όρους.

Στήν εκφώνησή του, ο Θεοφιλέστατος Επίσκοπος Δέρβης κ.κ. Ιεζεκιήλ, ευχαρίστησε των Επίσκοπο Μιχαήλ και τόνισε τήν συμαντική ευλογία που έχουμε.

Στο πέρας του Πανηγυρικού εσπερινού συνέχισε ολονύχτιος αγρυπνία την οποία ετέλεσε ο Αρχιμανρίτης Π. Συνέσιος Φράγκος.

Την επόμενη ημέρα, Τετάρτη της Διακαινισίμου, τελέσθηκε Όρθρος και Πανηγυρική Θεία Λειτουργία προεξάρχοντος του Θεοφιλεστάτου Επισκόπου Μιλητουπόλεως κ.κ. Ιακώβου με τήν συμμετόχη του Πρεσβυτέρου Π. Εμμανουήλ Λυκοπάντη και Π. Γεωργίου Φράγκου προΐσταμένου του Ναού. Λάμπρηναν την εορτή Απόφοιτοι της Αθωνιάδος Εκκλησιαστικής Ακαδημίας, Αγίου Όρους, οι οποίοι έψαλλαν με κατάνυξη και Αγιορείτικο ύφος.
Στόν λόγο του, ο Θεοφιλέστατος Επίσκοπος Μιλητουπόλεως κ.κ. Ιάκωβος, διηγήθηκε την Ιστορία του Ιερού Εικονίσματος στο εκκλησίασμα και τόνισε την συμαντική Ευλογία που έχει ο Ναός και η παροικία γενικώς.
































Monday, July 7, 2014

Fr George - My absence and return.

It's been a while since my last post and I assure you that I will continue my series
on the miraculous Icons of Mount Athos. In the meantime see photos of what has been taking up the majority of my time.

Έχει περάσει πολύς καιρούς από την τελευταία ανάρτηση μου αλλά σας βεβαιώνω ότι θα συνεχίσω την σειρά ανάρτησεων σχετικά με τις Θαυματουργικες Εικόνες του Αγίου Όρους. Προς το παρόν σας δείχνω φωτογραφίες από το έργο που παίρνει τον περισσότερο χρόνο που έχω.

My church the last time I showed it to you just after my ordination to the Priesthood.







The church as it is today, a few more months and God Willing we will be finished.








Tuesday, January 14, 2014

0064 - Photos of the water mill where Saint Silouanos The Athonite worked.

A small distance from the Holy Monastery of St. Panteleimon (Russian) the old water mill of the Russian Monastery is found.

This water mill was the place where Saint Silouanos the Athonite, practiced strict asceticism.
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It is noteworthy to mention what Gerasimos Smirnakis (Historian) writes regarding the enormous production of flour this water mill produced "The water mill produced enough flour to create bread and feed 120,000 people a month" A very large sum, even by todays standards.

The Russian website http://www.isihazm.ru published photos of the water mill, which we have re-posted in this space. 
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Original post in Greek:
http://agioritikesmnimes.blogspot.com.au/2012/05/1287.html

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Tuesday, July 9, 2013

0063 - The Holy Icon of Panagia Gerontissa, Holy Monastery of Pantocratoros Mount Athos






The Holy and miraculous Icon of Panagia Gerontissa is located at the Holy Monastery of Pantokratoros, Mount Athos and is the Monastery’s most valued possession.

Tradition states that the Icon was donated to the Monastery by the Roman (Byzantine) Emperor Alexios Komninos the 1st.  It is a copy of the mosaic Icon of Panagia which was located at the Pantocratoros Monastery in Constantinople, which was built by the same emperor.


It is the only ancient Icon on Mount Athos that depicts the Theotokos in full and in a prayer pose (Deisis).



The first miracle attributed to the Icon dates back to the time of emperor Alexios Komninos the 1st, when he instructed that the Monastery be built 500 metres from where it stands on a rise where the current chapel of St. Athanasius of Alexandria stands.
During construction, every evening after the workers had departed the building site, their tools and the Icon would disappear from the current site and re-appear 500 metres away at the current site of the Monastery. This happened many times until the emperor came to the realization that the Icon of Panagia Gerontissa wanted the monastery in the location It was showing. As a result, the Monastery was built in its current location.



The Holy Icon’s original position was in the sanctuary behind the altar table. One day the Abbot of the Monastery who was very old, ill and frail, realizing that his death was near, asked the presiding Priest serving the liturgy, to speed up the Liturgy as he wanted to take Communion before he passed away. The presiding Priest did not listen to the Abbots request.


Then miraculously, Panagia, speaking through Her Holy Icon, commanded the Priest to speed up the liturgy.  The Priest, immediately obeyed, and shortly after the old and frail Abbot took Holy Communion, he passed away. This is why the Holy Icon was named Gerontissa, due to its relationship with the then Geronta (Abbot) of the Monastery. The Hoy Icon of Panagia Gerontissa was then placed outside of the sanctuary and on the left hand side marble pole of the main church, where it remains to this day.



The Holy Icon was covered in an all silver oklad (cover) with the donations of a noble woman of Constantinople.
The amphora (water jug) that appears carved on the silver cover, was depicted in order to commemorate another miracle performed by the Holy Icon in the 17th century. The Monastery was short of oil for its daily use, and its monks decided to leave the Monastery in favour of other Monasteries that had all they needed.



The Abbot of the time appealed to the monks to trust in the providence of Panagia Gerontissa, and he prayed with all his heart for Panagia to provide for her Monastery. Some days later, one of the remaining monks saw oil coming out from under the door where the oil was kept. He opened the door and seen that the large oil container was so full that the oil was spilling from it onto the floor. From that time onwards and for the next 300 years, the monastery has never been out of oil.
Another miracle attributed to the Holy Icon of Panagia Gerontissa dates back to the evening of December the 1st 1948, when fire surrounded the Monastery, however the Monastery remained without any damage.

The Holy Icon of Panagia Gerontissa was placed inside a custom stand made of marble which was donated by the former Abbot of the Monastery Theofilos of Limnos. In 1997, the Icon was removed from the marble stand after 200 years under the supervision of the Archaeological institute. After months of tests and carbon dating the Holy Icon was confirmed to be from the 11th century, precisely in the reign of the Emperor Alexios Komnenos the 1st. 



The Icon in its current form was altered when the silver oklad (cover, poukamison) was added in the 19th century. It was crafted in St. Petersburg and is of priceless value. The face of Panagia and Her hands were repainted in order to match with the new silver cover. The archaeologists have discovered fragments of the original painting also.  

 Many miracles are attributed to the Holy Icon of Panagia Gerontissa, which is clearly visible due to the amount of gifts that have been left before the Icon.

Panagia’s face as depicted on the Holy Icon of Panagia Gerontissa, has a sweet and merciful expression leaving every pilgrim with a sense of happiness, hope and comfort. 



Tuesday, April 2, 2013

0062 - The Holy Icon of Panagia Fovera Prostasia - Holy Monastery of Koutloumousiou Mount Athos




The Holy Icon of Panagia – Fovera Prostasia is the treasured Icon of the Holy Monastery of Koutloumousiou of Mount Athos 
The Holy Icon is dated to the 13th or 14th century and is located in the chapel attached to the Katholikon (Main Church) of the Monastery. 



Tradition of the Monastery tells us that the Icon was the only item left un-scathed in a fire that ravaged one of the monasteries dependencies in Crete. When discovered it was immediately returned to the Monastery at Mount Athos where it is kept to this day. 


The Holy Icon has been attributed to many miracles over the centuries and even most recently. In the 14th century, Pirates threatened the Monastery. The Monks immediately rushed to the tower in order to defend themselves and began chanting their Supplication to Panagia Fovera Prostasia. An unknown force immediately scared off the pirates and they left the Monastery unharmed.  
A more recent miracle attributed to the Holy Icon, was in the early 90’s when the Monastery was under the threat of an out of control fire in the forest. The Fathers immediately took the Icon and led it in a procession around the Monastery. In a matter of minutes strong rain developed and immediately put the fire out which resulted in the Monastery being saved. 
Elder Paisios loved the Holy Icon of Panagia Fovera Prostasia very much. 




Every year on Renewal Tuesday (first Tuesday after Easter) The Holy Icon of Panagia Fovera Prostasia leads a procession around the Monastery’s grounds and returns the salutations to the Holy Icon of Panagia Axion Esti, which had visited the Holy Monastery of Koutloumousiou the day before.