BYZANTINE GREEK ICONS
New Byzantine rendition of the Icon of Panagia Giatrisa/The Healer /ΠΑΝΑΓΙΑ ΓΙΑΤΡΙΣΣΑ .
"ΠΑΝΑΓΙΑ ΓΙΑΤΡΙΣΣΑ "/PANAGIA GIATRISSA-THE HEALER. (Detail).
ΠΑΝΑΓΙΑ H ΓΙΑΤΡΙΣΣΑ /PANAGIA GIATRISA / THE HEALER
New Byzantine rendition of the Panagia Giatrisa Icon .
"Panagia Giatrisa" Greek Orthodox Church in Loutraki Corinthias Greece.
PANAGIA GIATRISA / THE HEALER , LOUTRAKI KORITHIAS GREECE :
The miraculous Icon covered with " tamata " that are signs of the numerous prayers and the many healings worked by the Mother of God, through her icon.
PANAGIA GIATRISA/THE HEALER :
History of the miraculous icon of the Greek Church in Loutraki Korinthias , Greece and the new Byzantine rendition of the icon.
HISTORY OF PANAGIA GIATRISA MIRACULOUS ICON- LOUTRAKI KORINTHIAS , GREECE
Every summer a woman named Mary who was a midwife used to visit Loutraki Corinthias in Greece for its spring waters. She stayed with Marias Sokou with whom she had a friendship . When that Mary went to venerate the Holy Land ,she brought Maria Sokou as a present the Icon of Virgin Mary with the baby Christ in her left side. In Jerusalem ,the salesman had told Maria to give the Icon to God fearing people who believed in her, and to light candles for her and an oil lamp to burn all day and night because it was a " miraculous Icon. "Mary told Maria Sokou all these. She also told her that 20 days after the delivery of the Icon she was to die ,which happened.
The Holy Icon came into the hands of Sokou in 1928. The reverence of the residents of Loutraki as well as the foreigners was growing gradually. They thought to build a Church. A committee was developed with the aid of the, then bishop Damaskinos of Corinth and then built in a building ground which was granted by John Maras , opposite from today's Church where was the first Church of " Παναγία Γιάτρισσα (Panagia Giatrisa the Healer) which was thus named , because of the wondrous healing which she performed.
The following is a short interpretation on the Icon of Panagia Giatrisa
"As any good doctor would direct us in applying the right medicine ,
the " Birth -Giver of God " in Greek " Theotokos " direct us to her Son and God ,the true Physician of our hearts and our souls. Often people wonder just what the message of the Virgin is , to us and to the Church . Actually it is very simple : Look at whom I am carrying in my arms, for He is our Life ,our Saviour and our Hope . "
PANAGIA GIATRISSA / THE HEALER ICON: The original icon in Loutraki Greece (left) and the new Byzantine rendition of the
Giatrisa icon (right).