For several days, the Athonite monks had seen a fiery pillar on the sea rising up to the heavens. They came down to the shore and found the holy image, standing upon the waters. After a Molieben of thanksgiving, a pious monk of the Iveron monastery, St Gabriel (July 12), had a dream in which the Mother of God appeared to him and gave him instructions. So he walked across the water, and taking up the holy icon, he placed it in the church.
St. Basil the Great was born at Caesarea of Cappadocia (Asia Minor) in 330 AD. He was one of ten children of St. Basil the Elder and St. Emmelia. Several of his brothers and sisters are honored among the saints. St. Basil received his education in Constantinople & Athens, joining University of Athens in 351, where he studied philosophy & classical works. He travelled extensively in Syria and Egypt, visiting the great hermits in monasteries of the Eastern and Western Deserts of Egypt.