The miraculous icon of Panaghia Pantanassa dates back to the 17th century; it hangs on the left-hand side, at the eastern column of the Katholikon of the Vatopedi Monastery, on a prayer chair. The elderly monks of the monastery report that the first sign that this icon gave special grace was the following event: One day, a young man entered the church and paid homage to the icon. Suddenly, the face of the Blessed Virgin shone, and an invisible force threw the young man to the ground. When he came back to himself, he tearfully confessed to his fathers that he had lived far away from God, entangled in magic and sorcery. The miraculous intervention of the Virgin caused the young man to change his way of life and become devout and pious.
This icon also has, by God’s will, the ability and special grace to heal from the dreaded scourge of cancer. A large number of cancer patients have recently had their health restored, according to a litany recited in the face of the icon of Panaghia Pantanassa.