“Embrace in your arms the Icon of the Panagia as if she were alive, as you embraced your dear mother when you were little. Tell her all your pain, wet her Icon with your pure tears, then you will derive consistent consolation. She will intercede with her Son, Who is so good, Who loves the good, has mercy on the bad, and forgives repenting sinners. He will open the noetic eyes of your Soul and fill your heart with love and divine eros. And then your eyes will become two fountains of tears.”

“As soon as you open your mouth to call her, she hastens as a true mother. Therefore, don’t hesitate to call upon her at every moment, and you will find her an unmercenary helper and physician in your afflictions.”