Virgin Mary of Mount Athos
The Lady Theotokos was first revealed in Athos, to Saint Peter (655-681) and after four to five centuries, to the abbot of the Great Lavra, Nikolaos. On both hermits he said the following words: "Your inhabitation and resting to God should be nowhere else other than Mount Athos, where I received it from my Son and God, for all of those who want to leave the cosmic confusion, in order to come to work in this garden, to cultivate their virtue, their purity of their heart and the purity of their soul and from now on everyone should called it "Mount Athos".
After these words, Lady Theotokos promised to love, to look after and protect the monks, and help them avoiding temptations, dangers and distress. Due to these promises and the divine mortgage of Lady Theotokos, Mount Athos, from the day it inhabited by the Monks up to this day continues its holy life and spiritual action. Although the Monks from time to time, have been severely being under various temptations, visible and invisible, the help offered by God and the Lady Theotokos’ care help to ensure that the sacred struggle and the preservation of the Faith will continue to exist forever.