Holy Relic of the Most Blessed Virgin Mary, from her girdle (belt, cincture). It was taken from the grave of Saint Thomas the Apostle who brought it from Jerusalem to India. Now it is preserved under the guard of Jacobite Syrian Church in Homs, Syria.
During iconoclast heresy, icons were taken from people. When soldiers cut the icon of a pious Nicean widow, blood flowed. God told her to cast the icon in the sea; it stood upright and sailed west. Soon Mount Athos Iveron monks saw a pillar of light on the sea; it lasted several days. Virgin Mary told them only a monk named Gabriel was worthy to take it. The icon was put in the sanctuary but found at the gate several times. Virgin Mary told monks she would protect them, not otherwise. (Feb 12)