Oct 1, 2021
Our Church today celebrates the feast day of Panagia Gorgoepikoos, a miraculous holy icon of the Theotokos located at Docheiariou Monastery in Mt Athos.
In 1664, the monk Neilos, who used to pass regularly in front of the icon holding in his hand a lighted torch which he needed for his duties in the refectory, heard a voice telling him: “Do not come past here with a torch, leaving smoke on my icon”. Neilos did not pay much attention to the voice, but it was soon heard again. Then a punishment was given to the monk, and he became blind. The brethren began to show great reverence in passing before the icon and hung a perpetual lamp before it and burnt incense before the icon every day.
The blind Neilos spent all his time in front of the icon, imploring the Theotokos to forgive him and heal him, and his prayer was granted when, for the third time, a voice was heard from the icon. The Theotokos told Neilos that his supplication had been heard, he was forgiven and he received his sight as before.
Henceforth, all faithful who flee to Gorgoepikoos are heard as she promised “Let the monks flee to me for their every need and I will quickly hear them and all Orthodox Christians who flee to me with reverence for I am called ‘Quick to Hear’”.
Most Holy Theotokos intercede for us all!
(Information was taken from the
Panagia Gorgoepikoos Monastery in Geelong