“Let the people do it why she loves the Virgin Mary »
Ὁ French traveler François Richard, a Jesuit monk during the Turkish occupation, writes the following:
“Through the terrible state of Turkish rule, Christian faith and Christianity still exist in Greece, because from the time of Nero and Diocletian, Christianity. He believes that this is due to the love that the Greeks have for the Virgin Mary. You see pictures of her in all the houses. She is a housewife, a house guard. “I myself have found with a great deal of naturalness and emotion in their family discussions of Our Lady.”
Our gender is especially tied to Our Lady. And just from the daily callings, “My Lady!” “My Lady, help me”, it seems that her name is sweet sweet in the language of our faithful people. Perhaps there is no Greek Christian who does not pronounce her Name prayerfully and lovingly at least once a day. The Virgin of the Greeks has a prominent position in Byzantine and modern Greek tradition and life. I always gave. In the songs of the people, in the tables, in the joys and the greens, in the marriage and in death. It is the belly of every believer, the consolation of the stranger, the proud support, every aching but successful plague and protection, and above all it is Mana.
“Others hold you, Hail,
Hope μένος sad,
Mercy ὁ poor,
water ὁ thirsty,
the queen of heaven holds the bell,
but my heart, Miss,
this holds you mana. “
Is there a Greek table? He will certainly cry out to his comrade and his Lady with the first backgammon song: “In that backgammon where we are at the table, we kiss the angel and we win Christ and Lady the Virgin and double the keys, let us give her gold.”
Do Greeks do marriage? They will first call the Virgin Mary with her Monogamous to the newlyweds: “Well, my Lady Virgin, with your Monogamous to the Intrigynous you were given to give your happiness”.
Did her mother feed her child? In the embrace of Panagia, she would deliver it with her sweet and silent lullaby: “All Christ and Our Lady, and take her in the baskets and fill in the nails of the flowers. My little child is asleep, no one wakes him up, until he comes;
The pain of the hostages without Panayis' consolation was high: “At Panayi's day I will light a candle, bring my little child this week.”
Every pain, every tear our people make a song of prayer to His Lady, to soothe her and to forgive her: “Christ and my Lady, and my Pantocrator, take my blessings and bring me joy.”
Not only the common people but also the people of the spirit, and almost all of our modern Greek writers and poets, left with their pen on Our Lady. There is hardly anyone who has ever had a reference, respectful or loving, to the face of the Virgin.
Everywhere in Greece you see her, her eyes and her eyes. On land and islands, in towns and villages, in mountains and plains, countless churches, monasteries and humble churches are built, “palaces of the humble Queen”, as Kontoglou says.
Our Lady of Our Place, where you know her and with her many names that gave her Orthodoxy in the Greek language, which are found in the books of the Church, are engraved on the icon. As for her hymns, they are really counted as the stars of heaven, and they were composed by the sacred Hymnographers “Spiritual Company.”
A whole Hellenic state of Our Lady and with so many names, its streets, its villages and its islands and its boats still bearing its Holy Name. Every apartment in our country has its own miraculous icon of Panagia. It literally nourishes our place from edge to edge with its spiritual ebb and flush with its fragrant images. Who has not stamped on the holy fragrance of Our Lady of Malevus, which flows since 1960, and the fragrance of the fragrant fragrance of the brood, also of 1986, and!
But we Greeks have other reasons why they are so attached to our Lady. Its old form is intertwined with our national existence. We have been living for 2,000 years. Our poet, K. Palamis, calls it “I have striven and protected the gender, which is pervading all around, and keeping the enemy of romance away from the enemy.” As a generous general he defends the reigning city of the barbarians, and the people for thanksgiving sings their greetings for the first time. That's how the Byzantine one thousand years and more! In the city of Rome, the people want her to cry with her and to comfort her! “Don't cry Centers and Lady, ours will be yours again.” This amazing duet of our folk song is not in the song of any other folk, and it shows how much our people are tied up with Mana Panagia.
During the years of the Turkish occupation, as Elder Mori says, “the Virgin Mary was all that helped the Greeks to become psychotic”. Karaiskakis' plea to Prousiotissa is well known. “My Lady, you are a woman, and you are giving birth. Help us free the place, and I'll mark your picture. ” And his mother. The image of Prousiotissa is engraved by G. Karaiskakis.
But even in the younger years, Our Lady did not abandon our people.The testimonies are shocking from the front in the Northern Epirus Mountains to the war of '40, and then during its occupation:
“A few moments before rushing for Morova's Straits, we were about 13 meters high with a tall black man standing motionless. The purpose shouted. What are they? Mile was not sounded … Then all of us Electric current passed, we whispered. The holy mary! He flew in front of you to have feathers all year long. We were constantly sick of giving us strength. “
“Our mother had a great deal of authority over Our Lady. It was us finding it. Occupation We were four children. We had in our drawer a tart Flour. Our mother would take it from her head and knead it and give it to some poor man who asked for it, without ever looking back. We went through the Occupation and never missed our bread, but our hut was down. “
Tradition, History, everyday life shout it: The old people lived with the Virgin Mary. They honored her every day. They learned the greetings from young children and greeted her every day.
Today, in a time of sadness and a multitude of crises, where many fats and calamities cover our souls like waves, the fortress and the wall of the Virgin Mary stand. “I grieve the sad winter of my humble soul, and the clouds of the same heart cover God,” we chant in Pleading. This most important text of the Great Appeal was written in times of great crisis, when the Reigning City fell into the hands of the Franks (1204). The kingdom was transferred to the Nice empire. The emperor Theodore Laskaris, a scholar and emperor, unable to cope with the terrible problems of the empire, was at the same time sick, resorted to the Virgin Mary and prayed for her painful prayer.
If we want to save, say, Elder Paisios, let's grab the Virgin Mary in her dress, like her mother's child. And let's not bake it.
Ἡ Our Lady is for everyone. For the poor and the rich, for the small and the big, for the righteous and the sinful, for everyone who shouts: My Lady.
– My Lady, said a mother who had two children and two were heavily hit by a car. One in the hospital and the other in the hospital ward. My Lady, go into the ward to watch my child, for I must be in the Realm. And she had been out for a while and went out to the ward to see what was going on, without the Virgin Mary covering her child.
“Blessed are you, Virgin Mary, and glorified in the faithful in debt,” for the wonderful work you did and did for us.
That people have hopes. He was resurrected from his ashes because he loves Christ and His Mother!
From “Our Action” magazine
Issue of August, 2013
From the Christian Student Action website