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[[Image:Portaitissa.jpg|thumb|right|Panagia Portaitissa ([[Iviron Monastery(Athos)|Iviron Monastery]], [[Mount Athos|Athos]]) - original]]The [[icon]] '''Panagia Portaitissa''' (Gr. "She who resides by the door " or "Keeper of the Gategate") also known as '''Theotokos Iverskaya'''is a wonder-working icon of the [[Theotokos]].
If the [[Panagia Axion EstiEstin]] is the official [[icon]] of Mount [[Mount Athos]], then this icon is the most popular. Is It is a pre-[[iconoclasm|iconoclastic ]] Byzantine icon, with dimensions of 1.37 x 0.94 m. The entire icon is encased by a gold and silver shirt, made in Moscow, 1819 - that covers , covering the entire body icon except for the faces. The most unique characteristic of the image is what appears to be a scar on the chin of the Virgin.
==History of the icon==
This is the most famous and most revered miraculous icon of the [[Theotokos]] on the Holy Mountain. In the 9th century, during the reign of [[Theophilus the Eikonomachos (Iconoclast)]], it was the personal property of a devout widow from [[Nicaea]] in Asia Minor, who kept it and honored it in her private [[chapel]]. The Emperoremperor's men who got to hear heard of this decided not to carry out immediately the order about icons, but to start by trying tried to blackmail its rich owner. In the time which they gave her to collect the money they demanded, the widow took the icon and her dearly loved son and, after fervent prayer, took it to the sea and left it on the surface of the waves, so that it should not be defied defiled by the iconoclasts. The icon stood upright on the water and began to head towards the west, while the widow's son, following her advice, also fled towards the west to escape persecution. Later he became a [[monk]] and died on the north-east coast of [[Mount Athos]] near or in the [[Monastery ]] of Clement(now [[Iviron Monastery (Athos)|Iviron Monastery]]), and so the anchorites [[anchorite]]s round about heard from him the story of the [[icon]].
One evening, when monks from Georgia ([[w:Caucasian Iberia|Caucasian Iberians]]) had started to live at the [[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 adrift in 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 to walk on the water to take the icon and to give it to the [[Abbotabbot]] 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 [[Mount 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 seamonastery.
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 to this 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 a grander one was built. The [[miracle]]s performed by the Portaitissa are unnumbered, and are celebrated 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.
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{{stub}}==Her '''Kandila''' "Oil Lamp" (in front of the icon)oil lamp====Her '''Gold Lemon Treegold lemon tree'''====Hymnography of St . Nikodemos the AgioriteHagiorite====Churches around the world==---> ==Monasteries around the world==*[[Iviron Monastery (Athos)|Iviron]], (Mount Athos, Greece) - the location for the original icon. ==External Sources==*[http://www.myriobiblos.gr/texts/english/chryssochoidis_portaitissa.html The Portaitissa icon at Iveron monastery] by [[Kriton Chryssochoidis]], From [[from Maria Vassilaki]] (Eded.), ''Images of the Mother of God'', Ashgate, 2005'' ([[Church of Greece]] Myriobiblos Library)*[http://www.macedonian-heritage.gr/Athos/MonasteryImages/iveron/PAREKKLISI.html SummaryChapel of Panagia Portaitissa of the Monastery of Iveron]
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