St. Veronica (Bernice), a woman healed by Christ; Martyr Hilary of
Ancyra; Venerable Michael of Maleinus; Martyr Theodore and his son
John of Kiev; Venerable Arsenius of Novgorod the Fool-for-Christ;
Venerable Simon the Abbot of Volomsk; Martyr Golinduc, in Holy Baptism
Mary, of Persia; Venerable John of Svyatogorsk, Georgia; Venerable
Gabriel of Svyatogorsk, Georgia; Icon of the Mother of God "of the
three hands" on Mt Athos; Martyr Proclus of Ancyra; St. Gabriel of
Georgia; Blessed Serapion, Abbot of Volomsk; Saint Anthony, Abbot of
Leokhnov, Novgorod; Martyrs Andrew the Soldier, Heraclius, Taustus,
Menas, and others; Martyr Mamas near Sigmata; Martyr Serapion
Calendar crestin ortodox - 12 iulie
Sfintii mucenici Proclu si Ilarie
Saint Veronica (also Berenice) is known as the woman who wiped
Christ's face as He carried His cross towards Golgotha and as the
woman who Christ cured of the issue of blood, who is also
traditionally identified as Herod the Great's niece. The Church
celebrates her feast day on July 12.
Few concrete details are known of the life of Saint Veronica, though
much folklore has arisen, especially in Western Christendom,
concerning her miraculous cloth, or veil, which touched the face of
Traditionally, Veronica came to believe in Christ when He healed her
of an ailment that had afflicted her for twelve years:
And, behold, a woman, which was diseased with an issue of blood
twelve years, came behind him, and
touched the hem of his garment:
For she said within herself, If I may but touch his garment, I
shall be whole.
But Jesus turned him about, and when he saw her, he said,
Daughter, be of good comfort; thy faith hath made thee whole.
And the woman was made whole from that hour.1
The next episode that we hear of in her life is the famous cloth
incident during Christ's crucifixion. When Christ paused in
exhaustion, Veronica was able to give the Lord her handkerchief. When
she looked at the cloth again, she realized that an image of Christ's
face had appeared on it; this is often called the first icon.
Veronica's name itself is said to be derived from the Latin words
meaning true (verus) image/icon .
No one is certain of what happened to Veronica in her later years,
though one story has it that she cured the Roman Emperor Tiberius of
some kind of sickness using her iconic cloth. Some sources say that
she and her husband, named Zacchaeus, travelled all the way to
Southern France confessing the Gospel.
Troparion (Tone 8)
The image of God was truly preserved in you, O Mother,
For you took up the Cross and followed Christ.
By so doing, you taught us to disregard the flesh, for it passes
But to care instead for the soul, since it is immortal.
Therefore your spirit, O Holy Mother Veronica, rejoices with the
Orthodox Icon of St. Veronica
St. Veronica (Bernice), a woman healed by Christ
OCA - Lives of all saints commemorated on July 12
Panagia Tricherousa is another Hodegetria-style icon known as the
"Virgin with Three Hands." This icon is at the Serbian Monastery of
Chiliandari, Mount Athos, Greece. This icon is commemorated by the
Church on June 28 and July 12.
A great fighter against the iconoclasts, St. John Damascene was
accused of being an enemy of the state in which he lived, and as
punishment, the Caliph ordered that one of his hands be chopped off.
Afterwards, St. John took the severed hand, prayed in front of the
icon of the Theotokos and fell asleep. The Theotokos wrought the
miracle of re-attaching the dead hand of her servant and bringing it
back to life. When he awoke, he found that his hand was completely
In honor of that healing, he made a silver votive offering in the
shape of a hand and placed it on the icon in such a way that it
appears that the Virgin Mary has a third hand. Until the 12th century,
the icon was kept at the lavra of St. Sabbas. It was given to St.
Sabbas, Archbishop of Serbia and founder of the monastery of
Chilandri, during a visit to the Holy Land. He took it with him to
Serbia, and it was brought to the Holy Mountain in a miraculous manner.
1. Tricherousa - Monastery of Chilandari
Icon of the Mother of God of "the Three Hands" (OCA website)
Icon of the Mother of God "of the Three Hands" on Mt Athos (OCA