Icon of Theotokos 'The Holy Girdle'

Icon of Theotokos 'The Holy Girdle'
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St. Bishop Nicholas the Wonderworker

Feast day: September 13 (August 31 by Julian calendar)

The icon is dedicated to the feast of Deposition of the Venerable Girdle of the Mother of God. The Girdle was woven by Theotokos from the camel wool and deposed by her from Heavens to console St. Thomas who had been absent during the Dormition of the Holy Lady. In the reign of Emperor Leo, his spouse was healed after having a vision that her illness would be cured after the Girdles is placed on her. The Theotokos' Girdle helps to cure infertility (the faithful would pray to the icon for birth-giving). The Girdle was divided into three parts; one of them is kept in Vatopedi Monastery on Mount Athos, the other in Cyprus, and the third, in Georgia.

Troparion, Tone 8 O Theotokos, Ever Virgin Lady Mary, Intercessor of men, Thou hast given the vestment and girdle from Thy Most Pure Body as a sovereign protection to Thy city, staying incorruptible through Thine immaculate conception, for both nature and time are renewed through Thee; wherefrom we do pray to Thee for granting, peace to Thy city and Thy great mercy to out souls 

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