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'''Panagia Axion Estin''' (Greek: Άξιον εστίν, Slavonic: Достóйно éсть, Dostóino yesť), or 'It is Truly Meet', the name given to the [[icon]] of the [[Theotokos|Virgin Mary]] before which, according to tradition, the hymn of Axion Estin was revealed.  
 
'''Panagia Axion Estin''' (Greek: Άξιον εστίν, Slavonic: Достóйно éсть, Dostóino yesť), or 'It is Truly Meet', the name given to the [[icon]] of the [[Theotokos|Virgin Mary]] before which, according to tradition, the hymn of Axion Estin was revealed.  
  
==Axion Estin - Monastery of Karyes, the Protation (Athos)== <ref>[http://www.mountathos.gr/active.aspx?mode=en{2aee45f1-c81e-4f0c-9cf9-c2efe471cfd1}View MountAthos.gr Website]<ref/>
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==Axion Estin - Monastery of Karyes, the Protaton (Athos)==  
It stands in the high place of the [[altar]] (sanctuary) of the katholikon (main church) of [[Karyes (Athos)|Karyes]] on [[Mount Athos]].
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It stands in the high place of the [[altar]] (sanctuary) of the katholikon (main church) of [[Karyes (Athos)|Karyes]] on [[Mount Athos]].<ref>[http://www.mountathos.gr/active.aspx?mode=en{2aee45f1-c81e-4f0c-9cf9-c2efe471cfd1}View "Axion Estin" - The Protaton, Karyes]</ref>
  
According to tradition, an Elder and his disciple lived in in a cell on Mount Athos. One Saturday night the Elder left to attend the All-Night Vigil in the Protation of Karyes. He told his disciple to chant the service alone. That evening an unknown [[monk]] who called himself Gabriel, came to the cell, and they began the Vigil together. During the Ninth Ode of the Canon, when they began to sing the Magnificat, the visiting monk chanted the first part of the hymn, "It is truly meet…" as normal, but then he continued with, "More honorable than the Cherubim…". As he sang, the icon began to radiate with Uncreated Light. When the disciple asked the visiting monk to write the words of the new hymn down, he took a roof tile and wrote on it with his finger, as though the tile were made of wax. The disciple knew then that this was no ordinary monk, but the Archangel Gabriel. At that moment and the angel disappeared, but the icon of the Mother of God continued to radiate light for some time afterward.
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According to tradition, an elder and his disciple lived in in a cell on Mount Athos. One Saturday night the elder left to attend the All-Night Vigil in the Protaton of Karyes. He told his disciple to chant the service alone. That evening an unknown [[monk]] who called himself Gabriel, came to the cell, and they began the Vigil together.  
  
The [[Panagia Eleousa|Eleousa]] ("merciful") icon of the Virgin mary, before which the hymn "It Is Truly Meet" was first chanted, was transferred to the katholikon (main church) at Karyes, known as the Protaton. The tile, with the hymn written on it, was taken to Constantinople when St. Nicholas II Chrysoberges was Patriarch (984-996).
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During the ninth ode of the [[canon (hymn)|canon]] (the ''[[Magnificat]]''), the disciple began to sing "My soul magnifies the Lord..." with the Irmos of St. [[Cosmas the Hymnographer]] ([[October 14]]), "More honorable than the Cherubim..."  The stranger sang the next verse, "For He has regarded the low estate of His handmaiden..." Then he chanted something the disciple had never heard before, "It is truly meet to bless Thee, O Theotokos, ever-blessed and most pure, and the Mother of our God." Then he continued with, "More honorable than the Cherubim..."<ref>[http://ocafs.oca.org/FeastSaintsViewer.asp?SID=4&ID=1&FSID=101694 Appearance of the Archangel Gabriel to a Monk on Mt. Athos, and the Revelation of the Hymn, "It Is Truly Meet..."]</ref>
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When the disciple asked the visiting monk to write the words of the new hymn down, he took a roof tile and wrote on it with his finger, as though the tile were made of wax. The disciple knew then that this was no ordinary monk, but the [[Archangel Gabriel]]. At that moment the angel disappeared, but the icon of the Mother of God continued to radiate light for some time afterward.
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The [[Panagia Eleousa|Eleousa]] ("merciful") icon of the Virgin Mary, before which the hymn "It Is Truly Meet" was first chanted, was transferred to the katholikon (main church) at Karyes, known as the Protaton. The tile, with the hymn written on it, was taken to Constantinople when St. Nicholas II Chrysoberges was Patriarch (984-996).
  
 
Since that time the icon has been considered the protector of the Holy Mountain and its holiest object.
 
Since that time the icon has been considered the protector of the Holy Mountain and its holiest object.
  
The Icon is commemorated by the Church on [[June 11]] and [[July 13]]. The Appearance of the Archangel Gabriel to a Monk on Mt. Athos, and the Revelation of the Hymn, "It Is Truly Meet..." is commemorated by the Church on [[June 11]].
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The icon is commemorated by the Church on [[June 11]] and [[July 13]]. The appearance of the Archangel Gabriel to a monk on Mt. Athos, and the revelation of the hymn "It Is Truly Meet..." is commemorated by the Church on [[June 11]].
  
 
==Hymn==
 
==Hymn==
 
Hymn to the Theotokos from the Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom  
 
Hymn to the Theotokos from the Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom  
 
:It is truly meet and right to bless you, O Theotokos,  
 
:It is truly meet and right to bless you, O Theotokos,  
:Ever blessed and all most pure mother of our God.  
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:Ever-blessed and most-pure mother of our God.  
 
:More honourable than the Cherubim,  
 
:More honourable than the Cherubim,  
 
:And beyond compare more glorious than the Seraphim,  
 
:And beyond compare more glorious than the Seraphim,  
 
:Who without corruption gave birth to God the Word,  
 
:Who without corruption gave birth to God the Word,  
 
:True Theotokos: we magnify you.
 
:True Theotokos: we magnify you.
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==See also==
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*[[Biblical Odes]]
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*[[Megalynarion]]
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==References==
 
==References==
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==Source==
 
==Source==
 
*[[W:Axion Estin|Axion Estin]] - Wikipedia
 
*[[W:Axion Estin|Axion Estin]] - Wikipedia
==External link==
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==External links==
 
*[http://ocafs.oca.org/FeastSaintsViewer.asp?SID=4&ID=1&FSID=101694 Appearance of the Archangel Gabriel to a Monk on Mt. Athos, and the Revelation of the Hymn, "It Is Truly Meet..."]  -  [[OCA]] website
 
*[http://ocafs.oca.org/FeastSaintsViewer.asp?SID=4&ID=1&FSID=101694 Appearance of the Archangel Gabriel to a Monk on Mt. Athos, and the Revelation of the Hymn, "It Is Truly Meet..."]  -  [[OCA]] website
*[http://www.skete.com/index.cfm/fuseaction/product.display/product_id/141/index.cfm St. Isaac of Syria Skete]
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*[http://www.skete.com/index.cfm/fuseaction/product.display/product_id/141/index.cfm Axion Esti ("It is truly meet")] from St. Isaac of Syria Skete
  
 
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Panagia Axion Esti - It is truly meet

Panagia Axion Estin (Greek: Άξιον εστίν, Slavonic: Достóйно éсть, Dostóino yesť), or 'It is Truly Meet', the name given to the icon of the Virgin Mary before which, according to tradition, the hymn of Axion Estin was revealed.

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Axion Estin - Monastery of Karyes, the Protaton (Athos)

It stands in the high place of the altar (sanctuary) of the katholikon (main church) of Karyes on Mount Athos.[1]

According to tradition, an elder and his disciple lived in in a cell on Mount Athos. One Saturday night the elder left to attend the All-Night Vigil in the Protaton of Karyes. He told his disciple to chant the service alone. That evening an unknown monk who called himself Gabriel, came to the cell, and they began the Vigil together.

During the ninth ode of the canon (the Magnificat), the disciple began to sing "My soul magnifies the Lord..." with the Irmos of St. Cosmas the Hymnographer (October 14), "More honorable than the Cherubim..." The stranger sang the next verse, "For He has regarded the low estate of His handmaiden..." Then he chanted something the disciple had never heard before, "It is truly meet to bless Thee, O Theotokos, ever-blessed and most pure, and the Mother of our God." Then he continued with, "More honorable than the Cherubim..."[2]

When the disciple asked the visiting monk to write the words of the new hymn down, he took a roof tile and wrote on it with his finger, as though the tile were made of wax. The disciple knew then that this was no ordinary monk, but the Archangel Gabriel. At that moment the angel disappeared, but the icon of the Mother of God continued to radiate light for some time afterward.

The Eleousa ("merciful") icon of the Virgin Mary, before which the hymn "It Is Truly Meet" was first chanted, was transferred to the katholikon (main church) at Karyes, known as the Protaton. The tile, with the hymn written on it, was taken to Constantinople when St. Nicholas II Chrysoberges was Patriarch (984-996).

Since that time the icon has been considered the protector of the Holy Mountain and its holiest object.

The icon is commemorated by the Church on June 11 and July 13. The appearance of the Archangel Gabriel to a monk on Mt. Athos, and the revelation of the hymn "It Is Truly Meet..." is commemorated by the Church on June 11.

Hymn

Hymn to the Theotokos from the Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom

It is truly meet and right to bless you, O Theotokos,
Ever-blessed and most-pure mother of our God.
More honourable than the Cherubim,
And beyond compare more glorious than the Seraphim,
Who without corruption gave birth to God the Word,
True Theotokos: we magnify you.

See also

References

  1. "Axion Estin" - The Protaton, Karyes
  2. Appearance of the Archangel Gabriel to a Monk on Mt. Athos, and the Revelation of the Hymn, "It Is Truly Meet..."

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