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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 door or Keeper of the Gate) or also known as '''Theotokos Iverskaya'''. If the [[Panagia of Axion Esti]] is the official [[icon]] of Mount [[Athos]], then this icon is the most popular. This image of the Virgin Mary is encased in a frame of gold and silver covering the entire icon except for the faces. A unique characteristic of this icon is what appears to be a scar on the chin of the Virgin.
==History of the icon==
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 [[Theotokos|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 [[Athos|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 [[August 15]] 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.
==The Oil Lamp in front of the icon (Kandila)==
==The Gold Lemon Tree==
==Hymnography of St Nikodemos the Agiorite==
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