“Embrace in your arms the Icon of the Panagia as if she were alive, as you embraced your dear mother when you were little. Tell her all your pain…”

A few months before his Blessed Repose, Saint Joseph was visited by our Most Holy Mother of God and she promised she would take him on her Feast Day. Saint Joseph then reposed in peace on the day of the Dormition of the Most Holy Mother of God in 1959.

“All the Saints wrote many praises to our Panagia. But I, the poor one, have found no words more elegant or sweet to describe her, than to cry out to her at every moment: “My dear Mother! My dear, sweet Mother! When my Soul departs may it come into your hands, and through them may it be given to its Creator, your Only-begotten Son.”

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“Embrace in your arms the Icon of the Panagia as if she were alive, as you embraced your dear mother when you were little. Tell her all your pain, wet her Icon with your pure tears, then you will derive consistent consolation. She will intercede with her Son, Who is so good, Who loves the good, has mercy on the bad, and forgives repenting sinners. He will open the noetic eyes of your Soul and fill your heart with love and divine eros. And then your eyes will become two fountains of tears.”

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