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The Protection of the Mother of God

The Church celebrates the Feast of the Protection of the Mother of God on October 1st. Through this feast we celebrate the appearance of the Mother of God in Constantinople in the tenth century. The account of this appearance is found in the life of St. Andrew, known as the Fool for Christ.

During services in the Church of Blachernes, St. Andrew and his disciple, St. Epiphanius, saw the Mother of God approach the ambo. She was sup ported by St. John the Baptist and St. John the Evangelist, and accom panied by many Saints. Here she knelt in prayer, her face bathed in tears. After praying again at the altar, she took her veil and extended it over the people as a sign of her protection.On the Icon, the Mother of God is seen standing above the faithful. Her arms outstretched in prayer are draped with a veil. Angels are pictured on both sides. St. Andrew and St. Epiphanius are shown on the lower right of our Icon. St. Andrew, dressed only in a cloak, gestures toward the Mother of God. St. Epiphanius, wearing a tunic under his cloak, gestures in astonishment at the miraculous appearance.

In the center of the Church, a young man with a halo, clothed in a deacon's sticharion, is holding in his left hand an open scroll with the text of the Christmas Kontakion in honor of the Mother of God. He is St. Romanos the Melodist, the famous hymnographer whose feast is also celebrated on October 1st.

There are many variations of the icon of this event. In some icons of this mystery, the Virign is showy alone without any of the other figures associated with the original vision. This highlights the truth that the Mother of God is the "Never-failing Protectress" of all Christians, our ever-present advocate with the Creator. This Icon tells us that we are not alone. We live in the presence of the Mother of God. She is our protectress.

TROPARION — Protected by your coming, O Mother of God, well-believing people solemnly celebrate today; and gazing upon your immaculate image, they humbly say: "Watch over us with your noble protection and deliver us from all evil by asking your Son, Christ our God, to save our souls."