Protection of the Mother of God
A gift of Alma Rose In memory of the Rose and Pucci Family
In A.D. 911, when the people of Constantinople were threatened by invaders, they fled to the Church of Blachernae and implored the aid of the Mother of God. During the All-Night Vigil, one of those there, Andrew saw a vision of the Mother of God approaching the center of the church. She knelt down and prayed tearfully for a long time.
Andrew said to his disciple Ephiphanius, “Do you see our Lady, the Queen of the World?” Ephiphanius replied, “I see her, my spiritual father.” After the Mother of God finished her prayers, she took off the shining veil, which enveloped her, and extended it over the people in the church. Though only Andrew and Epiphanius saw the vision of the Mother of God and her veil, all who were present felt the grace of her protection.
A Prayer to the Mother of God Steadfast protectress of Christians, constant advocate before the Creator: “Do not despise the cry of us sinners, but in your goodness come speedily to help us who call on you in faith. Hasten to hear our petitions and to intercede for us, O Mother of God, for you always protect those who honor you. Lord, have mercy. Lord, have mercy. Lord, have mercy. Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, now and ever and unto ages of ages. Amen.”
More honorable than the Cherubim, and more glorious beyond compare than the Seraphim: as a virgin you gave birth to God the Word. True Mother of God we magnify you.
—Brian Nicholas Tsai, iconographer 2004