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.
The interior of the church of the Panagia Evangelistria in Tinos, Greece.
Tinos has been a place of pilgrimage since the early 19th century, when an icon depicting the Annunciation was found there after Mary appeared to an old man and a nun. To the old man she said:
Listen! I am the Panagia (the all-holy one). I want you to dig in the field of Anthony Doxaras where my icon is buried. I ask you to do this as a favor, old man. You will build a church there and I will help you.