Icon of the Mother of God “Armatia”


Commemorated on July 21 (also on August 17)

The Armatia Icon of the Mother of God was located in Constantinople at the Armatian monastery. The place where the monastery was located was called “Armation” or “of the Armatians” and received its name from the military magister Armatias, nephew of the tyrant Basiliscus, and a contemporary of Emperor Zeno.

The celebration of the wonderworking icon was established to commemorate deliverance from the Iconoclast heresy. The Seventh Ecumenical Council in 787 drew up dogmatic definitions about icon veneration based on Holy Scripture and Church Tradition.

The Armatia Icon of the Most Holy Theotokos is commemorated twice during the year – on July 21 and August 17.

By permission of the Orthodox Church in America (www.oca.org)