Feast Day: August 31st
Apolytikion: O Ever-Virgin Theotokos, Shelter of mankind, thou hast bestowed upon thy people a mighty investure, even thine immaculate body’s raiment and sash, which by thy seedless childbirth have remained incorrupt; for in thee nature and time are made new. Wherefore, we implore thee to grant peace to the world, and great mercy to our Souls.
Kontakion: Thy precious sash, O Theotokos, which encompassed thy God-receiving womb, is an invincible force for thy flock, and an unfailing treasury of every good, O only Ever-Virgin Mother.
Hymn: O Lady and Queen of all, deliver your people and flock from every danger, by the power and grace of your all-precious, Divine Belt, which we with faith and longing glorify.
On the third evening after the Dormition of Our Most Holy Mother of God, the Holy Apostles saw Our Panagia ascending into Heaven. She removed her Holy Belt and gave it to Saint Thomas as a Blessing for all of us.
Sacred Tradition tells us that Our Panagia made the Belt herself from camel hair.
Today the Holy Belt of Our Panagia is kept in the Holy Monastery of Vatopedi on Mount Athos. It remains an outpouring source of Miracles, as Our Panagia said that evening to the Apostles when she ascended to Heaven: “Rejoice, for I am with you all the days.” Our Panagia has Miraculously helped many people through her Holy Belt, especially couples who have difficulty conceiving.