The Miraculous Panagia Vimatarissa Icon
My numerous hopes are placed before you, most holy one; Mother of our God, guard me with care, within your sheltered arms.
O Theotokos and Virgin, rejoice, O Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee, Blessed art thou among women, and blessed is the Fruit of thy womb, for thou hast borne the Savior of our souls.
His Eminence Metropolitan Alexios
I wish to speak to you of one of the miraculous icons of our Faith; one that has especially great meaning for me, it is an important part of the Vatopadi Monastery where I spent my early years as a monk. This icon is the blessed and miraculous Panagia Vimatarissa, and it has been a part of the monastery since it was discovered on the land where the Monastery would eventually be established.
However, by the 10th century, ithe icon was in danger of being stolen by the pirates, who regularly sought to steal from the monasteries of the Holy Mountain. In order to prevent this, the monk responsible for the Holy Altar decided to place the image of the Theotokos in the well. However, though this Hierodeacon was taken captive by the Turks, the icon was safe, and eventually forgotten. 70 years later, now free, the Monk returned to the monastery and instructed the new Abbot to open the well. The icon was indeed there, untouched and floating at the very top.
This is indeed a powerful reminder of the ways in which God protects His Church, but I tell you this story for a very special reason. We are blessed with a sacred image/ replica of our Most Holy Theotokos and miraculous Panagia Vimatarrissa icon is permanently residing in this magnificent and beautiful Panagia Chapel which we have built in her honor. The Abbot Fr. Ephraim of Vatopaidi personally escorted this miraculous icon.
I pray that you visit our beautiful Diakonia Retreat Center Panagia Chapel to venerate our beautiful and miraculous Panagia Vimatarrissa Icon.