“On the fifteenth of August, 1898, the day of the Dormition of the Mother of God, I was Blessed to see for the first time the Queen of Heaven in a dream, clearly, face to face, and to hear her most sweet, Blessed, encouraging voice: ‘Ye are the dearest children of the Heavenly Father.’
Then, acknowledging my own wretchedness, I gazed on her Most Pure countenance with trembling and thought: ‘Will the Heavenly Queen not reject me in anger? O, that Most Holy and most splendid countenance! O, those eyes, sky blue and gentle, kind, humble, peaceful, majestic, Heavenly, Divine! O wondrous eyes! I shall not forget you.’
This vision lasted for but a moment; then she unhurriedly withdrew from me, stepped over a small ravine, and was no more to be seen. From behind I beheld the progress of the Heavenly Visitor. At first I saw her as though in an Icon, distinctly – then she separated herself from it, came forth, and set off on her way.
That very evening I had been writing a sermon for the day of the Dormition and had gone to bed late, at two o’clock in the morning. At the vigil I had read the Akathist and Canon for the Dormition of the Mother of God in the Dormition Church with great compunction.”
“When you are about to Pray to Our Lady the Holy Virgin, be firmly assured, before Praying, that you will not depart from her without having received mercy. To think thus and to have confidence in her is meet and right.”