Honoring the saints means honoring God – Photo Journal with the Holy Belt of Virgin Mary

According to the blameless Christian faith, of the One, Holy Apostolic and Catholic Church, which comes to us as a revelation from God, I confess and hold that I believe in one God, the Father Almighty: God the Father, God the Son, God the Holy Spirit. I adore and worship one God, the Holy Trinity.

I confess the incarnation of the Son in the flesh, and that the all pure Mary, who gave birth to Him according to the flesh, is truly the Theotokos, the Mother of God.

I also acknowledge the Holy Apostles, prophets, and martyrs, and I invoke them to intercede to God, so that through them—that is, through their mediation— God who is merciful may show me favor, and a ransom may be made and granted to me for my sins.

For that reason I also honor and venerate their images through the holy icons, since they have been handed down from the teachings of the Holy Apostles, and are not forbidden, but are in place of veneration in all our churches.

Based on Saint Basil the Great

In the following photos are candid shots from the return of the Holy Belt of Virgin Mary at Vatopaidi. Metropolitan Athanasios of Limassol was present.

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