«Έχει ο Θεός. .....Εκεί που απελπίζεσαι, σου στέλνει κάτι που δεν το περιμένεις.........αρκεί να Τον πιστεύεις και να Τον αγαπάς. Όπως και Εκείνος μας αγαπά και φροντίζει για εμάς, όπως ο κάθε πατέρας για τα παιδιά του. Και όλοι μας είμαστε παιδιά Του Θεού. Και ό,τι καλό έχουμε, το έχουμε από Τον Θεό. Είναι δικό Του το δώρο. (Αγίου Πορφυρίου ιερομονάχου)
Panagia Dinious (Our Lady Dinious) is a small chapel in North Evia, near Istiaia (3 Km going to Pefki), where the miraculous image of Our Lady.
About the name there are two opinions :
The first relates to the history of the icon, where according to tradition a Turkish soldier duting Ottoman period, shot the icon, while trying to kill a fugitive Greek, who was hidden behind it. According to tradition, the miraculous icon "returned" the bullet to the soldier and killed him. This scenario is supported by the existence of the point of firing from the firearm of the soldier on the face of the Virgin Mary and in particular in her front. The "return" of the ball, gave the name to the Virgin Mary named Dinious from the Turkish word "Donus" which means "return" (Our Lady of return).
The second aspect, equally important, that does not seem to prevail, attaches with some phonetic alliteration or paraphrase altered the specificity of the local area, because a few meters from the church there is a stream with water from local sources said so far Diniorema. So Our Lady Dinious, some even call it, still Virgin Dinious owes its name from its position near Diniorema.
However it is worth noting, that at the icon there is the inscription "Virgin Eleousa". According to estimations the miraculous icon may have even been painted in the 11th century, or be a little later (between 14th or 16th century), but re-painted on a previous icon dated from the 10th or 11th century. The church is reconstructed in the 1960s, and it is located in a private area, that dates back to the late Ottoman period, and located near the area of Kefales (Heads) that has a rich archaeological interest. There is also a rich tradition for miracles or even appearances of the Virgin Mary. The church is located in a very prestigious area. It is dedicated to the Assumption and is celebrated on August 23 (day of celebration performance of the Assumption).