Feast of the Icon of the Mother of God of Lydda or Rome.

Commemorated June 26 in the Orthodox Christian Menaion

From the Prologue

Patriarch Gennadius sent this icon to Rome for safety during the iconoclast persecution. It floated there on the water by itself, more swiftly than any ship, and, when the iconoclasts had tired of their persecution, floated back to Constantinople in the same way.

From The Prologue From Ochrid by Bishop Nikolai Velimirovich
©1985 Lazarica Press, Birmingham UK

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