Panagia's Tears (Tears of Theotokos/Tears of the Mother of God)
This special prayer rope has a symbolism that makes it unique in the Christian world. The plant that produces the seeds used for the handcraft of these prayer ropes, sprouted in a miraculous way from the earth on which the tears of the Mother of God fell at the time of the crucifixion of her beloved Son.
Saint Silouan the Athonite writes: "When the Mother of God stood at the foot of the Cross, the depth of her grief was inconceivable, for she loved her Son more than any one can realize. And we know that the greater the love the greater the suffering. By the laws of human nature, the Mother of God could not possibly have borne her affliction; but she had submitted herself to the will of God, and the Holy Spirit sustained her and gave her the strength to bear this affliction. And later, after the Ascension of the Lord, she became a great comfort to all God's people in their distress."
According to the tradition, the plant called "Panagia's Tears" ("The Tears of the Mother of God") took its name from the monks living in the Skete of Saint Anne in Mount Athos, after the following event occurred: A pious Elder living in the Cell of the Holy Great-martyr and Healer Panteleimon, just above the Skete, being sad of his inability to tie a wool prayer rope, received the miraculous visit of the Most Holy Mother of God, which strengthened his weakened soul with her holy presence and gave him a few seeds of this plant, saying to him, “My child, take these seeds, cultivate them, and make prayer ropes with which men may say the prayer of the heart.”
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