This Saturday we had the blessing of visiting the Convent of St. Philotei again. We experienced a wonderful Holy Liturgy and after that we were so happy and surprised to get to now that the sisters – and many more persons – had already prepared something that we had spoken about… The new, second Platytera for our little chapel!
The background is as follows, When His Eminence Metropolitan Cyprian was here in May for the ceremony of opening of doors, he pointed out that it would be nice to have yet another Playtera in the chapel. The already placed Platytera is located as it should be over the Holy Altar. But as often is the case that is not fully visible to Church visitors, mostly in full only to the Priest when he is serving in the Sanctuarium. His Eminence also pointed out that it would be nice to have the second Platytera shaped in an oval form. Some time ago we started to speak about this plan and now the sisters at Convent of Holy Angels in Greece had found a suitable icon. However His Eminence wanted The most Holy Theotokos to have even more open arms and also some Angels to be present on this icon. So several sisters both in Greece and our nuns here in Sweden have helped out to adjust this Icon into the wish that His Eminence had wanted it to be for the tiny Chapel St. Joseph. We are deeply moved by all cares that His Eminence has for this tiny chapel and also all the help contributed by all sisters that have been engaged in the process of getting this second Playtera here.
Here my husband, last night climbed up a ladder and unfolded the package that we got from the sisters:
After a few moments of checking measurements – that were perfect – he pulled up the hammer:
Then he could mount the wonderful new icon:
So when entering the chapel, from now on, this is the view:
After the new icon was mounted it felt that it had really been missing before! Now “something essential” has entered the tiny Church room… the new and more visible Platytera has now “moved in”. The chapel now feels even more inhabited!