But the blessed Nino was overwhelmed at the thought of such a great responsibility and answered, “How can I, a fragile woman, perform such a momentous task, and how can I believe that this vision is real?” In response, the Most Holy Theotokos presented her with a cross of grapevines and proclaimed, “Receive this cross as a shield against visible and invisible enemies!”

According to a mystical account of the life of Saint Nino of Cappadocia ~ᅠწმინდა ნინო ~ᅠthe Enlightener of Georgia and Equal of the Apostles, young Nino prayed fervently to the Theotokos, asking for her blessing to travel to Iberia (present day Georgia) and be made worthy to venerate the Sacred Robe that the Virgin Mary had woven for her beloved Son  The Most Holy Virgin heard her prayers and appeared to Nino in a dream, saying, “Go to the country that was assigned to me by lot and preach the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ. He will send down His grace upon you and I will be your protector.”