Wednesday, May 4, 2016
Saint Ephraim of Nea Makri, the Wonderworker and Newly-Revealed
St. Ephraim and the Greek-American Drug Addict
St. Ephraim of Nea Makri and the Atheist
3 Miracles of Saint Ephraim of Nea Makri
Pastoral Encyclical - Pascha 2005
In the season of spring we celebrate the spring of life, which is associated with the Resurrection of Christ, and is the precursor of our own resurrection. The Resurrection of Christ is the sweetest milestone in the history of mankind, as well as the faith and life of true Christians.
The Orthodox Church is and is called the Church of the Resurrection. This is important because in the West, Christians honor the Birth and Crucifixion of Christ more, while the Orthodox Church, without underestimating these two great Despotic feasts, gives great importance to the Resurrection of Christ, since Christ by His Resurrection conquered death and gave all of us the certainty that we also will conquer death in Christ and taste of the first and second resurrection. Important are the words of the Apostle Paul to the Christians of Corinth: "If Christ has not been raised, our preaching is useless and so is your faith... And if Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile; you are still in your sins" (1 Cor. 15:14, 17).
Even foreign scholars call the Orthodox Church the Church of the Resurrection for many reasons. We will mention some of these reasons.
At the translation of your revered relics,
We sing hymns Father and ask for your grace.
On August 6, 1874 Saint Joseph Gerontogiannis, abbot of Kapsa Monastery in southeast Crete, invited the brotherhood back to his cell to ask their forgiveness, and received Holy Communion. He did the sign of the cross, turned right, and crossing his arms he delivered his venerable soul into the hands of the transfigured Lord.
For three days his body was unburied and was a means of popular pilgrimage for the faithful to say their final greetings and venerate him. He was buried in the Church of the Honorable Forerunner, where many continued to come and venerate his relics and icon and take dirt from his grave.
Tuesday, May 3, 2016
The Miraculous Spring of the Archangel Michael in Thasos and the Discovery of the Honorable Nail of the Savior
The Miraculous Spring of the Archangel Michael in Thasos
In the late eleventh century, on the island of Thasos, there was a holy ascetic named Luke, who at first lived in a place later called Louka for fourteen years, and there he built a small church dedicated to the Holy Apostle and Evangelist John the Theologian, where the village later was known as Theologou.
From there he decided to move to a quieter and more remote location, so he went to a cave in Potamias, where today there is a church dedicated to the Archangel Michael. He lived here in asceticism for twenty years. At around the seventeenth year, as Luke was praying, he saw before him the Archangel Michael in all his brilliance, who said to him, "Peace be with you." Frightened and amazed by this wondrous vision, the Saint said, "Most Holy Theotokos, help me." The Archangel told him to not be afraid, because he was not a phantasm, but the Archangel of God Michael, who was sent by the Lord to tell him, that in three years he would give up his spirit in peace, for his eternal repose.
|Panagia Awesome Protection at Koutloumousiou Monastery|
The Holy Icon of the Theotokos known as "Awesome Protection" is the only object preserved from a great fire that destroyed a dependency of the Athonite Holy Monastery of Koutloumousiou in Crete. It was brought to Koutloumousiou Monastery and worked numerous miracles, as the fathers of the Monastery and pilgrims testify. The icon is located on the icon screen of the katholikon of the Monastery, and on the Tuesday of Renewal Week it is processed from the Monastery to Protaton, to give back in return for the previous day visit of the Holy Icon of Axion Estin from Protaton to Koutloumousiou.