Monday, April 03, 2006

Virgin of Vatopedi Monastery on Mt. Athos. 30 х 40 cm

This Icon is the copy of the original, which is located in Vatopedi Monastery on Mt. Athos. The name Vatopedi (from Greek – “denier’s bush) comes from the story when a young king Arkady fell off his ship and almost drown in the see near the Monastery, but with the help of the Virgin he was saved and dragged back onto the shore. Its contours, the Icon received after a remarkable event in the year of 807. A group of crooks planned to rob the Monastery during the night. However, when the priest came to see the Icon the day before, he suddenly heard a voice coming from it: “Do not close the gates tonight, but instead stay in the Monastery and battle off the robbers”. But the Child covering his Mother’s lips advised her: No, Mother, don’t warn them, they must face a punishment”, but the Virgin putting her face aside to avoid the hand of the Child stated the same phrase twice. Since then, this miraculous Icon is known under the names “Calmness” or “Serenity”


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