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Panagia Portaitissa

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[[Image:Portaitissa.jpg|thumb|right|Panagia Portaitissa (Iviron Monastery, Athos) - original]]'''Panagia Portaitissa''' - Gr. She who resides by the dooror Keeper of the Gate.
==Brief history History of the icon==The PortaitissaThis is the most famous and most revered miraculus icon of the [[Theotokos]] on the Holy Mountain. In the 9th century, or Keeper during the reign of Theophilus the GateEikonomachos (Iconoclast), icon is from it was the monastery personal property of Iviron on Mta devout widow from Nicaea in Asia Minor, who kept it and honoured it in her private chapel. Athos. This icon was placed inside one The Emperor's men who got to hear of this decided not to carry out immediately the chapels in the monasteryorder about icons, but whenever to start by trying to blackmail its rich owner. In the monks would wake up in time which they gave her to collect the morningmoney they demanded, the widow took the icon moved itself and her dearly loved son and, after fervent prayer, took it to the gate sea and left it on the surface of the chapelwaves, so that it should not be defied by the iconolasts. The mark icon stood upright on the right cheek of water and began to head towards the Virgin Mary is from west, while the knife (or sword) of pirate who stabbed widow's son, following her advice, also fled towards the iconwest to escape persecution. When Later he did this, the icon started bleeding! The pirate repented and became a Christian at that moment. He later became a saint monk and died on the north-east coast of Athos near or in the church. He is known as St. BarbarianMonastery of Clement, because in his humility, he didn't feel worthy enough to choose a higher name for himselfand so the anchorites round about heard from him the story of the icon.
<!---==Churches One evening, when monks from around Georgia (Iberians) had started to live at the world==--->Monastery of Clement, an amazing phenomenon puzzled all the monks of the area: a column of fire stood upright on the sea and reached to the heavens. This vision continued to be seen for several days, and then the monks saw the icon at the sea. They made their supplications to God that this priceless treasure should be given to them, and the Theotokos appeared to the devout anchorite Gabriel the Iberian and bade him walk on the water to take the icon and to give it to the Abbot and brethren of the Monastery.
Nevertheless, after its reception and installation in the church, the icon repeatedly disappeared and was found above the gate of the Monastery on the inside. In a dream, the Blessed Virgin told St Gabriel that this was the place which she herself had chosen, so that she could protect the monks and not be protected by them. Thus the icon took the name of “Portaitissa”, and until this very day its presence in the Monastery and on the Holy Mountain is regarded as a guarantee of the protection of Athonite monasticism by the Theotokos. Later, a chapel was built near the wall of the Monastery in which the icon was placed, while the old entrance was closed and another, grander, one built. The miracles performed by the Portaitissa are without number, especially on 15 August and on Monday of Diakainisimi Week, when there is a procession and the finding of the icon is commemorated with a Liturgy in the chapel on the shore, at the exact spot where St Gabriel took it out of the sea <!---==Churches around the world==---> ==[[Monastery|Monasteries]] from around the world==
* [[Iviron]], (Mount Athos, Greece)

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