5-mile procession in honor of wonderworking Panagia icon

Ierapetra, Crete, Greece, August 2, 2022

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On Sunday July 31, Metropolitan Kyrillos of Ierapytni and Sitia led a procession with the wonderworking Panagia Faneromeni Icon, transferring it to the monastery of the same name on the island of Crete.

The icon was carried five miles from the Church of St. George to the monastery located on the north side of Mt. Stavros, where it will remain until the patronal feast of the Dormition of the Theotokos on August 15, reports the Metropolis of Ierapytni and Sitia.

Panagia Faneromeni (Greek: Revealed) is associated with the revealing of her icon at a number of churches and monasteries throughout Greece.

The holy image was accompanied by local clergy and believers of all ages, who took turns carrying it with awe and reverence, while prayers to the Theotokos were chanted throughout the procession.

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After arriving at the monastery, Met. Kyrillos blessed the offered loaves and wished the numerous pilgrims to know the grace and blessing of the Panagia in their lives.

“The Mother of our Lord is the spiritual mother of all of us and we all turn to her holy face with faith, humility and reverence. She covers us with her holy veil and we all take refuge in her in every situation and trial. May the Panagia Faneromeni visit all of us and call us here ever year to venerate her,” the hierarch said.

OrthoChristian reported last week on a large procession that accompanied the wonderworking Panagia of Tinos Icon.

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Alexander Leitner8/3/2022 2:06 pm
Most Holy Theotokos save us! Our dear Panagia..
Panagiotis8/3/2022 4:38 am
What a great article! Thank you for printing this. The Orthodox People of Crete are still very conservative and strong in their faith, as this five-mile march attests to. They will always remain conservative! They will always reject the no good liberal garbage movements like sodomite marriage, abortion, the ecumenical nonsense movement, feminism, transgenderism, internationalism, communism, and other liberal trash nonsense. The people of Crete have been Orthodox now for almost 2,000 years, and they have a great love and respect for the Panagia...... Here is a true story that happened many years ago on Crete: Evil people gathered up Icons of the Panagia and Jesus Christ and the Saints, and put them in a large pile, and they set the pile of Icons on fire. Blackbirds or Crows that were in the area saw the fire, and they swooped down into the sea and gathered water up, and flew over the fire and dropped the water, and they put the fire out! The icons were saved! Glory be to our God! To this day, many Cretans have a love for Blackbirds or Crows. You see, even the animals know that they were created by God and they love the Panagia! THOXA SI O THEOS, THOXA SI!....Just my humble opinion.
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