Icon of the Protection of the Theotokos
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Orthodox Church in the Philippines

Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia

Deanery of the Protection of the Theotokos

Manila, Philippines


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ON the protection of the theotokos

At the end of St. Andrei Yurodivyi’s life, he, with his disciple St. Epiphanius, and a group of people, saw the Mother of God, St. John the Baptist, and several other saints and angels during a vigil in the Church of Blachernae, nearby the city gates.

The Theotokos approached the center of the church, knelt down, and remained in prayer for a long time. Her face was drowned in tears. Then she took her veil off and spread it over the people as a sign of protection. During the time, the people in the city were threatened by a barbarian invasion. After the appearance of the Mother of God, the danger was averted and the city was spared from bloodshed and suffering.

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