or Pokrov Bogorodichen (Protecting Veil of the Mother of God) There are at least two Orthodox ministries to persons with disability named POKROV, one Russian and one Bulgarian. The Mother of God, in her capacity as the Mother of Christ’s Body the Church, intercedes powerfully for all in need, as we prayerfully make efforts to meet those needs. Here’s the story on “Pokrov:”
In the church of Blachernae, near the city gates, during the celebration of vigils, a number of people saw the Virgin, accompanied by St. John the Baptist, St. John the Evangelist, and several other saints. She walked up to the front of the church, knelt, and remained for a long time in prayer, her face covered with tears. Then she removed her veil and held it over the gathered assembly as a sign of protection. At that time, the inhabitants of Constantinople were threatened by a barbarian invasion; after this appearance, the danger was removed and the city was preserved from looting and massacre. (From The Incarnate God. The Feasts of Jesus Christ and the Virgin Mary, Catherine Alsanof, St Vladimir’s Seminary Press, 1995).
“Today the Virgin presides in the Church
With the chorus of saints,
invisibly she prays to God for us.
Angels and holy Fathers bow,
the apostles and the prophets rejoice,
for the Mother of God intercedes for us
before the eternal God.” Troparion for the feast of the Protection of the Mother of God
Here is the Russian Pokrov Community website: http://www.omophor.ru/community.htm (here they are pictured below)
Here is the website for their disabled children’s daycare center, as yet untranslated into English, though the intention is there, evidenced by the English flag to be clicked on for the translation. http://dcare.org/ There is a 2004 pdf file on it: http://pokrov-foundation.org/files/annual_2004.pdf (Page 6 & 11 describe ministries to persons with disabilities, especially Page 6) Finally, here is the partially translated home website of the pokrov foundation in Bulgaria: http://www.pokrov-foundation.org/Fondacia_Pokrov_Bogorodicen/Home.html