This mount Sion, wherein thou hast dwelt

WHEN Jesus therefore saw his mother, and the disciple standing by, whom he loved, he saith unto his mother, Woman, behold thy son! Then saith he to the disciple, Behold thy mother! And from that hour that disciple took her unto his own home.

John 19:26-27


A miraculous icon of the Theotokos, Panagia Glykophilousa, at the Philotheou monastery on Mount Athos

“This mount Sion, wherein thou hast dwelt.” A miraculous icon of the Theotokos, Panagia Glykophilousa, at the Philotheou monastery on Mount Athos


AND the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth. … And of his fulness have all we received , and grace for grace. For the law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ.

John 1:14, 16.


The following Psalm verses are sung during Matins on the Feast of the Protection of the Mother of God (October 1).

As the one chosen to bear Jesus in the womb, Mary may be seen as Mount Sion in Jerusalem, the city of God, where the Temple stands, which was the dwelling place of God in his glory.

GREAT is the Lord, and greatly to be praised in the city of our God. (Ps 47:1)
The heavens have declared his righteousness, and all the people have seen his glory. (Ps 96:6)

GLORIOUS things have been spoken of thee, O city of God. (Ps 86:3)
Thy temple is holy, wonderful in righteousness. (Ps 64:5)
Holiness and majesty are in his sanctuary (Ps 95:6)

HE guided them with a cloud by day, and all the night with a light of fire. (Ps 77:14)
I will shelter myself under the shadow of thy wings. (Ps 60:4)
He spread out a cloud for a covering to them, and fire to give them light by night. (Ps 104:39)

THE Lord shall keep thee: the Lord is thy shelter upon thy right hand. (Ps 120:5)
The king’s daughter is all glorious within. (Ps 44:13)
God is in his holy place, and in his temple, every one speaks of his glory. (Ps 11:4, 29:9)
Go round about Sion, and encompass her. (Ps 47:12)
The Lord loves the gates of Sion, more than all the tabernacles of Jacob. (Ps 86:2)
This mount Sion, wherein thou hast dwelt. (Ps 73:2)

I WILL take the cup of salvation, and call upon the name of the Lord. (Ps 115:13)
The children of men shall trust in the shelter of thy wings. (Ps 35:7)
I shall have protection, when thy glory appeareth. (Ps 17:15) [LXX and Heb: I shall be satisfied]
Under the protection of thy wings shalt thou protect me, from the enemies that make me wretched. (cf. Ps 56:1)

HOLINESS becometh thine house, O Lord, for ever. (Ps 92:5)
Thy name shall I have in remembrance, in every generation and generation. (cf. Ps 44:17, 134:13)
The rich of the people of the land shall supplicate thy favour. (Ps 44:12)
Wherefore the people shall praise thee for ever, and for ever and ever.

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit.

LET us worship the Father, and let us glorify the Son, and let us all raise our hymns together to the All-Holy Spirit, crying out and saying: All-Holy Trinity, save us all.

Both now and for ever, and to the ages of ages.

UNTO thee, O Christ, the people bring thy Mother for intercession; at her pleadings, O Good One, grant unto us thy compassionate mercies, that we might glorify thee, which hast risen from the grave.



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