The Icon of the Mother of God, named "Gerontissa"

Commemorated on April 4

      The Icon of the Mother of God, named "Gerontissa" ("Staritsa" "Nastoyatel'nitsa", "Head" "Elderess"), was glorified in the Athos monastery of the Pantokrator ("Vsederzhitel'", "Ruler of All").
      The pious hegumen-elder of this monastery received a revelation about his impending end. Before death he wanted to be communed the Holy Mysteries of Christ and he besought of the serving priest to hasten to make the Divine Liturgy, but that one did not heed his request. Then from the wonderworking Gerontissa Icon in the altar was heard a fiercesome voice, ordering the priest to hasten to fulfill the wish of his hegumen.
      Another miracle from the icon occurred, when through the prayer of the head of the monastery, oil appeared in empty monastic vessels.
      On the icon, the Mother of God is imaged in full stature without the Christ-Child. Before Her is a vessel, from which oil pours out over the edge.
      An icon of the Gerontissa Mother of God is known of in the altar of the Uspenie-Dormition cathedral church in the Pochaev Lavra. Through the blessing of Archbishop Modest of Volynsk and Zhitomir, priest-servers before the start of Divine-services asked the blessing for the start of services in front of the Icon of the Mother of God.

1996-2001 by translator Fr. S. Janos.

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