You won’t solve your problems by thinking about them. The solution to all your problems is found through praying about them. In order to be powerful and effective, prayer must arise from within a pure heart.
Oil and salt are seasonings for food; and tears and chastity give wings to prayer.
Based on St. John of the Ladder
In this photograph Abbot Efraim of the Monastery of Vatopaidi is shown reading the Akathist Hymn to the Mother of God in front of her miracle-working icon, “Vimatarissa”, in the sanctuary of the main church.