The Icon of the Mother of God, named "Quickly-Hearing"
Commemorated on November 9
Icon of the Mother of God, named "Quickly-Hearing" – an ancient
wonderworking image, is located on Holy Mount Athos at the Dokhiareia
monastery. The monastery tradition suggests that its time of writing belongs to
the X Century, during the time of the monastery head Saint Neophytes (Comm.
this same day). In the year 1664 the kitchener Nilos, coming at night to the
kitchen with a burning torch, heard a voice from the image of the Mother of God
raised up over the door, summoning him in future not to walk here and not to
soot the icon. The monk thought that this was a prank of some one of the brethren;
he disregarded the warning and continued to walk into the kitchen with the
sooty torch. Suddenly he fell blind. With fervent repentance the Monk Nilos
prayed before the icon of the Mother of God, begging forgiveness. And again he
heard the wondrous voice, proclaiming forgiveness and return of sight and a
command to announce to all the brethren: "From this time this My icon
shalt be name Quickly-Hearing, since quickly to all hastening to it shalt
appear mercy and fulfillment of entreaty". The Most Holy Mother of God did
then fulfill and now fulfills Her promise – quick help and consolation
manifest for all who with faith hasten unto Her.
© 1996-2001 by translator Fr. S. Janos.