April 13, 2018

Synaxis of the Panagia of the Tongue in Kellaki of Cyprus

Panagia of the Glossa (Feast Day - Friday of Renewal Week)

The Monastery of the Zoodochos Pege (Life-Giving Spring) is located in the village of Kellaki in the Limassol District of Cyprus. This monastery is popularly known as Panagia of the Glossa, or "of the Tongue", because prior to 1976, when the current female monastery was built, there was a smaller church at this location with a miraculous icon of the Panagia known to heal people, especially children, with speech problems. Because of the numerous miracles of this kind, it increased in popularity, received its name, and expanded.

Among the many miracles that have taken place are as follows. A young boy unable to speak came to the monastery with his mother and stayed overnight, begging for the help of the Panagia. In the morning, when the child woke up, he said to his mother: "I want milk." This was the first time the child spoke in his life. Another man with a son who had speech problems, having heard of the miracles, came to the monastery and took some its holy water home. After his son drank from the holy water three times, he began to speak. Also a nine year old boy from Russia came to the monastery with his parents who had never spoken in his life. After being anointed with holy oil from the icon of the Panagia, he was able to speak.

Other miracles take place at this monastery, such as when the Panagia appeared to a woman in the last stage of cancer, telling her to go to her monastery, giving her directions. She went the next day and left cured.