May 26, 2010
Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew today visited the Holy Monastery of the Holy Protection, where despite the heavy rains he was received by the people with flowers and roses.
The Ecumenical Patriarch went to the chapel in which are kept the relics of Saint Matrona the Blind and Wonderworker. Then the Abbess of the Monastery thanked the Ecumenical Patriarch, who despite his heavy schedule visited the monastery today. He also expressed gratitude to its staff, noting that "we ask for your prayers and supplications to God, for us to be worthy to bear the burden entrusted to us by God."
Finally, the Abbess gave the Primate of Orthodoxy an icon of Saint Matrona, while the chorus chanted "Many years".
Bartholomew noted to the others: "The unsettled weather did not prevent you from giving me a warm welcome and I thank you for everything."