Hagiography Virgin Mary Gorgoepikoos
The ancient wall-painting of the Blessed Virgin Gorgoepikoos is on the Holy Docheiariou Monastery since 1646. The lithographic icon of Virgin Mary Gorgoepikoos has been placed at a wood derivative that has been worked with wax and resin by the monks of the Holy Hut of St. George at the Skete of St. Anne on Mt Athos.
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The best-known miraculous icon of the Holy Mountain Mount Athos, after Panagia Portaitissa, is an ancient wall-painting of the Blessed Virgin Gorgoepikoos on the outside of the eastern wall of the refectory, to the right of the entrance, in the Docheiariou Monastery.
In 1664, the trapezares Neilos, 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, imposing a punishment on the monk and leaving him blind. The brothers began to show great reverence in passing before the icon, hung a perpetual lamp before it and burned incense before it every day.
The blind Neilos spent all his time in a stall in front of the icon, imploring Virgin Mary to forgive him and heal him, and his prayer was granted when, for the third time, a voice was heard from the icon which told Neilos that his supplication had been heard, and that it was to her protection, after God, and her overshadowing guardianship that the monks should thereafter have recourse for all their needs. She would hear them speedily, for her name is “Gorgoepikoos” (she who hears speedily).
The lithographic icon of Virgin Mary Gorgoepikoos has been placed at a wood derivative that has been worked with wax and resin by the monks of the Holy Hut of St. George at the Skete of St. Anne on Mt Athos. By applying high temperature, the wood took this particular shape and its distinctive black color.
This unique work of Byzantine art has been coated with gloss varnish in order to remain unchanged over time.
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Origin: Holy Hut of St. George at the Skete of St. Anne on Mount Athos