Sunday, August 24, 2014

The Panagia is Making Her Presence Known in Rhodes

On Wednesday, 20 August 2014, Orthodox faithful in the Sacred Church of Panagia Katholiki in Kremasti, Rhodes were speaking of a miracle they all witnessed.

More specifically and according to what has so far become known, a tall woman dressed in the black of an employee at a security company entered the church on Wednesday night. She went to the central oil lamp hanging before the icon of the Panagia and gave it a swing, then she left the church and disappeared without being noticed by those in attendance.

This became immediately known to all in the area and they ran to see the oil lamp continue swinging without stopping. It is to be noted that there was no wind in the church blowing nor could any other natural explanation be found. Typically if a vigil lamp is forced to swing, it completely stops within a few minutes.

Also, a shadow of a woman began to appear on the left side of the icon of the Panagia that would not go away. This appeared after a little girl venerated the icon.

The bells of the church were then joyfully peeled, causing even more people to come and see the phenomenon.

In the first video below, the camera filmed the icon two hours after the incident and the oil lamp continued to swing.

Metropolitan Cyril of Rhodes came to observe the phenomenon at 10:30 PM that night, and he observed that the oil lamp continued to swing, and after a brief stop it continued again in the same slow steady pace.

According to His Eminence Metropolitan Cyril of Rhodes, about a month ago a similar incident took place in a church in Lindos, where there appeared a red liquid like blood on the icon of the Panagia, and at the cemetery in Lindos a similar miraculous incident presented itself.

"The Panagia is manifesting her presence, making it noticeable. The prayers and supplications of the faithful are being heard", said His Eminence. He also noted that the presence of the Panagia does not mean something negative will take place, but rather that she is showing that she is present. This was in response to the speculation of many, since a similar event took place before World War I and World War II.

On Saturday, 23 August 2014, the church celebrated its feast (Apodosis of the Dormition of the Theotokos) with a procession around the surrounding area, and people were still overjoyed by the miracle.

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