Today the faithful celebrate the feast with joy illumined by your coming, O Mother of God.
Beholding your pure image we fervently cry to you: Encompass us beneath the precious veil of your protection; deliver us from every form of evil by entreating Christ, your Son and our God that He may save our souls.
This is a Byzantine hymn, known as a troparior, for the feast of the Protection of the Mother of God.
While the feast is celebrated by most Orthodox Christians on October 1st, Greece celebrates it today. This is because the feast became associated with thanksgiving for the deliverance of the Greek nation from Italian invasion of 1940, known as Ohi Day.