The Byzantine Choir Tronos of the Romanian Patriarchate performed Wednesday a special concert dedicated to the Prodromitissa Icon of the Mother of God in the opening of the celebrations of the National Cathedral’s Chapel.
The concert directed by Archdeacon and Protopsaltes Mihail Bucă included various hymns dedicated to the Most Holy Theotokos that were performed in Romanian and Greek languages.
The concert was attended by the abbot of the Great Lavra Monastery of Mount Athos, Archimandrite Prodromos Lavriotes, and the abbot of the Romanian Prodromos Skete, Archimandrite Athanasios Prodromites.
The feast of the Prodromitissa Icon of the Mother of God is observed by the Romanian Orthodox Church on July 12 and is one of the three patronal feasts of the Chapel of the National Cathedral in Bucharest.
The performance included O Theotokos and Virgin, rejoice, fragments from the Supplicatory Canon to the Prodromitissa Mother of God, To Thee O Champion Leader, O Virgin Pure (Agni Parthene), and the Axion Estin megalynarion.
A replica of the Wonderworking Icon of the Mother of God named Prodromitissa or Forerunneress is enshrined at the Chapel of the Romanian People’s Salvation Cathedral.
The original icon is enshrined at the Romanian Skete of St John the Forerunner on Mount Athos and is considered one of the not-made-by-hand (acheiropoieton) icons of the Mother of God.
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