Axion Esti – Protaton church of Karyes
This miraculous icon is kept today in the holy synthronon (cathedra) of the Protaton church of Karyes.
Koukouzelisa – Monastery of Megisti Lavra
Historically, the Saturday night vigil of the Akathist Hymn was held in front of this holy icon in Megisti Lavra.
Oiconomissa – Monastery of Megisti Lavra
This icon was painted in commemoration of the words of the Virgin to the founder of Megisti Lavra, Agios Athanasios the Athonite.
Paramythia – Vatopediou Monastery
The icon is a fresco located in the right-hand space of the monastery’s chapel of the same name.
Esfagmeni – Vatopediou Monastery
It is said about this icon that it was damaged by the knife of a surly church deacon and ecclesiarch. The icon is kept in the narthex of the chapel of Agios Dimitrios.
Elaiovrytissa – Vatopediou Monastery
It is kept at the “dochio” (liquid storage) of Vatopediou Monastery. The icon emits a wonderful aroma and is also called “dochiarissa”.
Pyrovolitheisa – Vatopediou Monastery
When the Agio Oros was conquered by the Turks, in 1822, a soldier shot the icon of Panagia. The bullet struck the Virgin’s right hand; right away, the sacrilegious soldier lost his mind and hung himself from an olive tree across from the monastery’s entrance.
Portaitissa – Iviron Monastery
It is considered a guarantor of the protection of monasticism on Agio Oros. It is kept in a chapel by the entrance of the monastery, together with the relics of saints. On the left side, over the Virgin’s heart, it was stabbed by a Turkish fighter and bled. The Turk, amazed by the miracle, remained at the monastery and became a monk.
Tricherousa – Hilandariou Monastery
This is the icon that Agios Ioannis Damaskinos prayed to while holding his severed right hand, with which he had written his speeches in support of the holy icons, and which had been severed through treachery by the iconoclasts.
Galaktotrofousa – Hilandariou Monastery
This icon was gifted by the fathers of the Lavra of Agios Savvas to the Archbishop of Serbia, Agios Savvas, during his visit there.
Myrovlytissa – Dionysiou Monastery
According to the inscription on a silver placard on the back of the icon, it was presented by Emperor Alexios Komninos to Osios Dionysios, founder of the monastery. The Akathist Hymn was sung for the first time before this icon. Today, it is kept in the chapel where the Chairetismoi (Salutations) to the Theotokos are read daily.
Fovera Prostasia – Koutloumousiou Monastery
This icon of the Theotokos (mother of God) is the sole item that was saved from a great fire in the monastery’s metochi (dependency) in Crete.
Gerontissa – Pantokratoros Monastery
It is in the monastery’s Catholicon and the Virgin is represented in a standing prayer position, without Jesus Christ.
Proanaggellomeni or of the Akathist – Zografou Monastery
In the time of Michael Palaiologos, this icon portended to the monastery’s elders the invasion of Latinophrones (who favored union with the western church), with the purpose of forcing its submission, while they were singing the Akathist Hymn.
Epakousa – Zografou Monastery
It is in the sanctuary of the monastery’s catholicon. Osios Kosmas Zografitis prayed to it inside the church, and Panagia answered him, showing him the way to leave the monastery and live a life of hesychasm.
Gorgoepikoos – Dochiariou Monastery
This miraculous icon of Panagia is located outside the refectory on the east wall, to the right of the entrance. Its chapel is also there. It is known for its many miracles. According to tradition, a monk was passing in front of it holding lit torches. He heard a voice saying, “put out your torches, for you are smoking me”. He disobeyed, and Panagia punished him with the loss of his sight. After many prayers, Panagia forgave him and gave him back his sight.
Glykofilousa – Philotheou Monastery
It is one of the icons that were saved from the Iconoclasm. It belonged to Victoria, the wife of an iconoclast. Instead of surrendering it, Victoria threw it into the sea, and from there it reached the arsanas (port) of Philotheou Monastery. The icon is two-sided, with the Crucifixion on the back; it is kept in the monastery’s Catholicon.
Myrovlytissa – Agiou Pavlou Monastery
In the olden times, the icon was kept at a monastery in Constantinople called Myrelaiou. It was brought to Agio Oros by Agios Pavlos Xiropotaminos and dedicated to the monastery. By the grace of God, holy myrrh sprang from the icon, and so it was named myrovlytissa (she who springs myrrh).
Odigitria – Xenophontos Monastery
This icon was kept at Vatopediou Monastery; while it was locked inside the church, it suddenly disappeared, and appeared in Xenophontos Monastery. The monks put it back in its place, but it disappeared again. Since then, it has been kept in the Catholicon of Xenophontos Monastery.
Palaiologina – Grigoriou Monastery
The icon of Theotokos holding the child Jesus is distinguished for its sweet yet mournful expression. During the great fire of 1762 that destroyed the monastery’s Catholicon, the icon was found lying on the ashes unscathed.
Antiphonitria – Konstamonitou Monastery
Another icon of Panagia cradling the child Jesus with her right arm. It is kept in the monastery’s Catholicon and it is known for its many miracles.
Ktitorissa or Vimatarissa – Vatopediou Monastery
When the Arabs raided the monastery, the curator of the sanctuary, called the vimataris, hid the icon in a well together with a cross and many other objects, placing a lit candle in front of it. The monastery was sacked and the monks were taken to Crete. After 70 years, the deacon was released and returned to the monastery. He opened the well and found the icon of Panagia together with the cross standing upright on the water and the candle still burning.