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The Placing of the Venerable Belt of the MostHoly Mother of God


Com­mem­o­rat­ed on August 31

The Plac­ing of the Ven­er­a­ble Belt of the MostHoly Moth­er of God in the Con­stan­tino­ple Blakher­nae Church was dur­ing the reign of the emper­or Arca­dius (395‑408). Before this the holy relict, entrust­ed to the Apos­tle Thomas by the Moth­er of God Her­self, was after Her Dor­mi­tion there­after kept at Jerusalem by pious Chris­tians. After many years, dur­ing the reign of emper­or Leo the Wise (886−911), from the Belt of the Moth­er of God was accom­plished a mirac­u­lous heal­ing of his spouse Zoa, suf­fer­ing from an unclean spir­it.

The empress had a vision, that she would be healed of her infir­mi­ty when the Belt of the Moth­er of God would be placed upon her. The emper­or turned with his peti­tion to the Patri­arch. The Patri­arch removed the seal and opened the ves­sel in which the relict was kept: the Belt of the Moth­er of God appeared com­plete­ly whole and undam­aged by time. The Patri­arch placed the Belt on the sick empress, and she imme­di­ate­ly was freed from her infir­mi­ty. They served a solemn thanks­giv­ing molieben to the MostHoly Moth­er of God, and the ven­er­a­ble Belt they placed back into the ves­sel and resealed the seal.

In com­mem­o­ra­tion of the mirac­u­lous occur­rence and the twofold Plac­ing of the ven­er­a­ble Belt, the feast of the Plac­ing of the Ven­er­a­ble Belt of the MostHoly Moth­er of God was estab­lished. Parts of the holy Belt are in the Athos Bato­pe­dia monastery, in Tri­er monastery and in Gruzia (Geor­gia).

© 1996–2001 by trans­la­tor Fr. S. Janos.