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May 3, 2016

Synaxis of the Panagia of Awesome Protection at Koutloumousiou Monastery

Panagia Awesome Protection at Koutloumousiou Monastery

The Holy Icon of the Theotokos known as "Awesome Protection" is the only object preserved from a great fire that destroyed a dependency of the Athonite Holy Monastery of Koutloumousiou in Crete. It was brought to Koutloumousiou Monastery and worked numerous miracles, as the fathers of the Monastery and pilgrims testify. The icon is located on the icon screen of the katholikon of the Monastery, and on the Tuesday of Renewal Week it is processed from the Monastery to Protaton, to give back in return for the previous day visit of the Holy Icon of Axion Estin from Protaton to Koutloumousiou.
A faithful copy of Panagia Awesome Protection

Apolytikion in the First Tone
Koutloumousiou Monastery, where your Holy Icon, Awesome Protection, resides, rejoices, and as a mystaerious dew, your grace comes from it, and gladdens the hearts and souls, Virgin, of those who cry: Glory to your Protection pure one, glory to your succour, glory to your consideration for us immaculate one.

Your sacred icon is called the Awesome Protection, Immaculate Virgin, bringing fear to your numerous enemies, and to the faithful it brings full of glad hearts All-Pure One.