September 9, 2016

Synaxis of the Panagia the Gladness of All Generations at Agiou Demetriou

Panagia the Gladness of All Generations (Feast Day - September 8)

This icon of the Theotokos, which is named after a verse from the second stasis of the Akathist Hymn to the Theotokos, is kept in the Church of Saint Demetrios in the district of Agiou Demetriou in Attica, and depicts the Panagia enthroned with the Christ Child on her lap, between her mother Saint Anna and her grandmother the Righteous Maria.

With your maternal grandmother Maria, O Mother of God, together with the grandmother of God, we bless you, along with all mortals of every generation, as you were promised once on the mountain, and taking courage in the entreaties of the household of Christ we cry out with maternal-longing: we lay all our hope on our relationship as children with your kinship to not forget us.