The Living Presence of Most Holy Theotokos by Epiphanios, Bishop of Ledra, and Abbot of Machaira Monastery.
How do we know that our mother is always by our side?
How do we know that the person who loves us is by our side?
We often go on trips
to other countries;
we go to do other work;
we are not close to our loved ones.
So, what do we do? Usually, we keep a photo of them in our pocket.
We take out the photo; we talk to the person we love;
we send them our love, too.
And then, we return and he says –
even though we may not ask him and he tells us on his own –
“You know, I always felt your presence next to me.”
Well, how did that happen …
since you were not physically present?
There is another way in which souls, people
communicate; They communicate by heart.
“Deep calls to deep,” says the Psalter.
One heart calls to the other heart.
Therefore, just as we rejoice
when we are with a person, whom we see,
and rejoice again, even when we are not near him
since we speak to him noetically, so, too, does Panagia rejoice.
Indeed, the Virgin Mary is the mother of us all, because she is the Mother of God.
And God, Who is the Father of us all,
also gave us a Mother.
Panagia has often revealed
her presence to many people,
either through their senses or in various other ways.
How will we sense such a thing?
We will sense it if we start talking to her.
How can we talk to the Virgin Mary?
If we recall, people of older generations
called out: My Lady! whenever they encountered difficulties.
Thus, they wanted Panagia to be near them and to immediately assist, to act on their problem.
Other times, other people said the Salutations, or the prayer, “Most Holy Theotokos save us.”
Whether they said the Salutations, or the Supplicatory Canon,
there are many such cases of Saints,
who called out to Panagia.
And if we do that too,
then, gradually, we will be able to feel the presence
of the Virgin Mary near us.
However, we must help our own self.