Most Holy Theotokos save us

Four generations of women have prayed before this icon depicting the Life Images of the Holy Theotokos (Mother of God).  I searched for some time today to find the origins of this icon that first belonged to my grandmother.  I … Continue reading Most Holy Theotokos save us

A wondrous place remembered

I first began this blog as a journal of my trip to the Holy Land in 2012. Whilst traveling in Madaba, Egypt in the Sinai penninsula, we had the opportunity to learn about an icon of the Theotokos called Panayia Tricherousa.  According to the priest in residence at a certain St George Orthodox Church, an icon of Mary holding Jesus appeared to acquire a third hand during an evening service at the tiny church.  Many subsequent miracles have been attributed to the three-handed icon and it now remains housed behind a glass enclosure with many visiting pilgrims.  After reading the … Continue reading A wondrous place remembered

Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception

One of the most beautiful churches I have ever been in…         Beautiful mosaics,  wonderful apses  with little prayer areas, wondrous iconography and frescoes….                             I cannot believe I haven’t visited this beautiful place before now!   Glory be to God! Continue reading Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception