In 2009, the Russian version of the icon of the “Holy Lady the Patriot” was created, as a gift to the Russian people, the Russian President and the Church of Russia.

This icon arrived at the Church of Panagia Pantanassa in the Greek Pentagon, on February 27, 2015 at the invitation of the Ministry of National Defense of Greece and the leadership of the Greek Armed Forces.

The Military Leadership of the Armed Forces was represented by the Deputy Chief of the General Staff of the Armed Forces, Rear Admiral Mr. Alexandros Theodosiou.

The entire reception of the icon was carried out by order of the Chief of the General Staff of the Armed Forces, Mr. Michalis Kostarakos.

His Eminence the Metropolitan of Mozambique (Patriarchate of Alexandria) Mr. Ioannis, the Director of the Military Directorate of Priests of the General Staff Colonel Fr. Nikolaos Gourdoupis and Archimandrite Fr. Georgios Alevras from Mount Athos.

Then the icon with a military procession headed to the Holy Temple of Panagia Soumela of the Municipality of Acharnes in Athens, on the day of Sunday of Orthodoxy, March 1, 2015.

On the day when the Greek Orthodox people celebrate the restoration of the icons in Constantinople, the Holy Icon of the “Holy Lady the Patriot” departed from the Armed Forces Headquarters and arrived at Panagia Soumela of Acharnes.

In the church of Panagia Soumela a Holy Doxology was held in the presence of the Metropolitan of Ilion, Acharnes and Petroupolis Mr. Athenagoras and High Priests who collaborated, in Greek and Russian language, with the abbot of the church of Panagia Soumela, Fr. Gregorios Pigalov.

Along with the icon of the Virgin of the Patriot, as he always does, was Fr. George Alevras from Mount Athos, who has connected his name and soul with its conception and creation.


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