Showing posts with label Miracles. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Miracles. Show all posts

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

St. Paraskevi Heals a Bishop in 2008 Who Was About to Go Blind


The following miracle was recorded in 2011:

Brethren, allow me to tell you about a miracle of Saint Paraskevi I heard the other day.

Sunday, July 27, 2014

The Testimony of a Physician Concerning a Miracle of St. Panteleimon


Below you will read another glaring example of our living faith and the strong presence of the saints in our lives. The cardiologist Dr. Vasilios Karogiannis testifies to us his moving experience and a great miracle of our great Holy Physician, Saint Panteleimon.

A Protestant Athonite Pilgrim Who Saw Hatzi-George and a Miracle of St. Panteleimon


By Monk Patapios

Mr. Jannis Zinniker, born in 1943, from the age of 20 would come from Switzerland to Athos. He loved it so much that he would stay there each year for a good amount of time.

His favorite place always was Kavsokalyva at the Brotherhood of Joasaph with the elders John and Anthony. He was a Protestant, and desired to know the truth near simple and sincere monks and to thus be made worthy for divine Baptism (which took place in the winter of 1977, at the Sacred Monastery of Stavronikita, which was then under the abbot Fr. Vasilios).

Saturday, July 26, 2014

St. Paraskevi Heals A Blind Man in New York


On OCN Now Radio Fr. Dimitrios Moraitis of St. Paraskevi Greek Orthodox Shrine Church in Greenlawn, NY shared his personal experience of a man legally blind for seven years being miraculously healed in November 2013. Fr. Dimitrios first wrote about the miracle on his Facebook account several weeks prior. In this interview with Fr. Chris Metropulos, he tells the story of what happened, opens up about the impact it has had on his parish and his personal relationship with God, and offers an update about the once-blind man.

Friday, June 20, 2014

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

A Miraculous Appearance of Saint Helen to a Cypriot Woman

Processional icon of Sts. Constantine and Helen from the 17th century, in the Church of Sts. Constantine and Helen in the village of Sarandi.

By His Eminence Metropolitan Neophytos of Morphou

To understand the magnitude and strength of the Service of a Consecration of a Temple, I will tell you a story from five years ago that took place in a village of our Metropolis, in Sarandi. There Saint Helen appeared to a woman who lives in that village, and the church there is dedicated to Saints Constantine and Helen.

Monday, May 12, 2014

Ancient Church in Syria Burns, Frescoes Remain Unharmed


May 14, 2014

In Homs, Syria "eleven Christian churches are either completely destroyed or heavily damaged," related a local priest named George Abu Zahem to the Lebanese The Daily Star newspaper.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Testimony of a Miracle of Saint Raphael for the Kaltsas Family


In the video below is a testimony of a miracle done by Saint Raphael that was delivered by George and Maria Kaltsas from Giannitsa, having to do with the birth of their 2 1/2 year old son Raphael Kaltsas.

When George and Maria got married they immediately wanted to start having children and expand their family. For a long time Maria was unable to become become pregnant. She began to read various books about St. Raphael and his miracles. One night while reading one of these books she fell asleep and in her dream saw herself walking up stairs towards a church, and from inside the church she heard the cries of a little child. She walked into the church and saw a baptism taking place, but she didn't recognize anyone. To her right she saw a priest dressed in white and she also was dressed in white. He looked at her and smiled, but next to her were two women dressed inappropriately, and he made a look to her as if saying he disapproved of the way they were dressed. Then she suddenly woke up.

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

A New Miracle of St. Luke the Physician in Argos


April 2, 2014

As was related to me by a young man from Argos, Christos Argyropoulos (child of the Conductor of the Municipal Philharmonic of Argos), he had received a few pieces of cotton with oil from the sacred relics of Saint Luke the Physician at his shrine in the Sacred Church of Saint Peter of Argos.

Saturday, March 29, 2014

New Miracle of St. Luke the Physician in Nafplio


March 28, 2014

Seven minutes ago there left from our sacred church Mrs. E., a resident of Nafplio who is an English teacher and mother of three young children.

Saturday, March 8, 2014

The Child Whose Fingers Were Restored by St. Luke of Simferopol in Argos


Evangelo Bougioti
March 7, 2014

On Friday 7 March 2014, Argos welcomed the sacred relics of Saint Luke the Physician and Bishop of Simferopol, which was hosted for veneration as a blessing to the faithful in the Cathedral of Saint Peter, on Friday 7 March 2014.

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Dozens of Icons Weep in Russia and Ukraine



Reports have circulated in the media that dozens of icons in Ukraine and Russia have suddenly started weeping in light of recent tensions between the two countries. However, the video news report circulated (above) was posted on September 27, 2013. Therefore, this phenomenon actually took place on the eve before the unrest that came to Ukraine, which began in November 2013 and escalated in January 2014. Since this video was posted by the actual news station, it is assumed the report was in fact made in late September 2013.

Friday, February 7, 2014

Saint Parthenios of Lampsakos as a Model for our Lives

St. Parthenios of Lampsakos (Feast Day - February 7)

By Protopresbyter Fr. George Papavarnavas

Saint Parthenios lived during the reign of Constantine the Great. He came from a small town in Bithynia and was the son of Deacon Christopher. He did not learn much of letters, but he was a most reverent and virtuous man. From his father he learned love towards God and man, and for this reason he was a lover of God, a lover of man and merciful. He occupied himself with fishing, which he performed with admiration, and the fish he caught he distributed to the poor or he sold them and distributed the money. Further, he would visit the grieving and the sick and comforted them with inspired words and his philanthropic works. This ministry of his and his whole way of life was honored by Bishop Philip of Melitopolis, who ordained him a Priest. Later Metropolitan Achilles of Cyzicus ordained him Bishop of Lampsakos.

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Elder Vissarion: A Saint in the People's Consciousness


Tuesday, 21 January 2014

On 22 January of the year 1991, the humble and merciful Hieromonk of the Sacred Monastery of Agathonos, Elder Vissarion, reposed in the Lord, and sealed a life of asceticism, love, humility and sanctity, having moved imperceptibly and unsuspectingly among us. His funeral took place at his Monastery amid a crowd of believers. All day the prestigious Monastery of the Theotokos was covered with a thick layer of snow and there was a smell of an unusual fragrance. Along with the tears of the people for having been deprived of their benefacting Spiritual Father there also flowed the tears of the Panagia from the Icon which was next to the grave of the Elder. On the same day there occurred heavenly wonders and signs. For this reason the ever-memorable Metropolitan Damaskinos of Fthiotidos, who led the Funeral Service, said in his homily: "Today we are burying a saint."

His memory remained vivid even after his death. Everybody was talking, in every village and town of Fthiotidos, of the good Elder, who walked around with the icon of the Panagia, confessed the faithful, stayed overnight in their homes, taught with his love, with his simple life, with his acts of mercy and with his sanctity. In the consciousness of the people he is confessed to be a saint. Many spoke of miracles, which he did after death, and his grave became a shrine for all the pilgrims to the Sacred Monastery of Agathonos.

On 3 March of 2006 God confirmed the hidden holiness of the venerable Elder. With the translation of his relic, which took place out of necessity due to work being done at the east wing of the Monastery, God who glorifies His Saints revealed at the grave of the Elder his incorrupt and fragrant sacred relic, which after 15 years remained incorrupt and whole as it was on the day of his burial.

The Holy and Sacred Synod of the Church of Greece characterized the event as a "sign from heaven". That is, it was a message to our people and to our time, and the faithful people of our Church in these difficult times were strengthened in their faith.

Only militant atheism, which stealthily and methodically employed the ravenous hunger for gain in some media sources and naive journalists, began an unprecedented attack on the miracle and more generally against the Church with unique weapons of misinformation and falsehood. For a whole month they "chewed on their tongues" and "deceived" with headlines in all the Greek channels about Elder Vissarion. So the weak-voiced Elder became the loudest herald of sanctity and many became grounded in their faith and spiritual life.

23 years have passed since the day of his Dormition and 8 years from the day of his Translation. The venerable Elder is in the place of his rest, where throughout his priestly life he confessed the faithful, in the chapel behind the miraculous Icon of the Panagia Agathonos. And with the peace of God painted and embossed on his incorrupt and holy Relic, he accepts those who come to find rest for their souls and to teach everyone that "wondrous is God in His Saints".

The faithful people ascribe to him honors of a saint and all of us, the clergy and laity of Fthiotidos, expect God to show clearly what should be done about this hidden spiritual treasure, which has spiritually enriched and enriches with the gifts of Divine Grace the souls of those who seek the Lord.

The blessed Elder Vissarion the Agathonitis rests among the Saints "in ageless blessedness".

"Saint of God, intercede for us."

THE METROPOLITAN

† Nicholas of Fthiotidos

Source: Translated by John Sanidopoulos.


Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Muslims Experience Miracle at the Tomb of Saint John the Baptist


By Fr. Daniel Gouvalis

In Damascus, Syria stands the magnificent Cathedral of Saint John the Baptist, established by Justinian.

Ever since the Arabs conquered the area (7th cent. A.D.), it was converted into a mosque [the Umayyad Mosque, 715 AD]. However there is a place in the colossal church where there is a wonderful, artistic and quite large mausoleum. This is the tomb of the honorable head of the Baptist. [...]*

After the fourth finding of the head of this Saint, the found relic was enshrined in this church by Justinian in a beautiful tomb. When the Muslims converted the church into a mosque they also put their hands against the tomb. But they were horrified, because with the first hit warm blood began to run from it, and it continued to run for several days and nights. It would not stop. The panicked Arabs asked for the prayers of the Christian patriarch. He with all the sacred clergy of Damascus processed around the tomb for three days, and on the third day the blood stopped. A special script with Arabic gold letters on the monument chronicles this shocking incident. Until today the Muslim world respects very much the tomb of the Forerunner, and at the same time fear him. No one dares to approach him.

Source: From The Miracle of Faith, Athens, 1985, p. 144. Translated by John Sanidopoulos.

* On this spot stood the largest temple in Roman Syria, which was dedicated to Jupiter. In 391 Emperor Theodosius I (r. 379–395) converted it into a Christian Cathedral. It became associated with Saint John the Baptist when his head was said to be enshrined there. The sixth Umayyad caliph, al-Walid I (r. 705–715), commissioned the construction of a mosque on the site of the Roman Orthodox Cathedral in 706.[Note by Translator]

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Saint Spyridon Heals a Quadriplegic Woman in 1855


Hieromonk Gregory Valmes records a miracle of Saint Spyridon in a pamphlet he published in 1856. It reads as follows:

A woman by the name of Vasilo from Zagora, Epirus, the daughter of Constantine Simos and Christina Kyritse from the village of Vounou of Chemara, on the 13th day of July, in the year 1853 decided to go on a two-mile hike with several other women of the village, to gather firewood. Indigenous to this area is a wood that burns easily and it is used by the Greeks of Epirus because of its high resin content. Vasilo returned on the 16th of that month. Fatigued as she was from the trip and the heavy weight she had carried on her back, she sat down to eat her supper. Thus doing, she perspired profusely, so she bathed her feet and hands in cold water. Yet, the task was not completed when her left leg and arm stiffened, causing her unbearable pain. The pitiful woman grieved over this occurrence.

Many were her attempts during the next two years to find relief or escape from this condition. All treatments failed. Driven by terrible grief and despair, she resorted to a certain Turkish hodja for treatment. She spent a great deal of money, but to no avail; for she was deceived by him and remained in her incurable illness.

While leading this type of lamentable life, she obtained a separation from her husband with his consent and that of the Church. She had become a burden on herself, and for her relatives and friends, who by now had grown weary of taking care of a quadriplegic woman who was unable to attend to her personal needs. Thereafter, she gave herself over to mourning, tears and repentance. With a contrite heart, she implored the all-merciful God and His saints to forgive her sins and relive her of this crippling disease.

In December of 1855, she beheld in her sleep a cleric, who stepped on her withered foot, saying, "Do not write to thy brother in Kerkyra, as thou hast planned, but go in person." She was astonished by this, and out of curiosity asked, "Who mightest thou be?" The cleric answered, "I am the Saint thou hast besought many times." She was awakened by this vision and terrified. Vasilo related it to those in her house. They all agreed that she must do all those things she was ordered to do in the vision.

With burning faith, this unfortunate woman was resolved to make the journey. Vasilo was brought to the shores of Epirus in a large basket tied to a horse. In this manner, she was taken to Kerkyra where all were horror-stricken as they beheld her hopeless and incurable condition. She was transported from the shore to the Church of Saint Spyridon in a cart. Once there, she was placed on a chair and brought before the relics of the wonderworking Spyridon. There, she fell with inconsolable tears upon the Saint, imploring him unceasingly to intercede before the all-merciful and almighty God to grant her forgiveness of sins, eternal salvation for her soul and physical health.

Great is the Lord in His saints! The fervent tears of faith and the intercessions of our Saint and patron moved divine pity. Therefore, during the second vigil that she made lying near the relics of the Saint, at about midnight, she attained the health for which she longed. At that moment, Vasilo called the parish priest and proclaimed with tears of joy the miracle of Saint Spyridon. Afterward, she confessed with true repentance and compunction. At dawn, she walked unassisted before the Royal Gates and received the Immaculate Mysteries. Safe and healthy, she returned to her homeland. She glorified God and was acclaiming to all the great boldness the wonderworking Spyridon possessed before God.

From The Great Synaxaristes of the Orthodox Church: December. Holy Apostles Convent (Buena Vista, CO) 2003. pp. 542-543.

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

The Relic of Fr. George Calciu the Confessor Found Incorrupt


At Petru-Voda Monastery in Romania, according to the specific rubric observed by our Church, the Service of Exhumation took place for Fr. George Calciu Dumitreasa, for the completion of seven years since his repose (+ November 21, 2006). His relic was found incorrupt, thus affirming the sanctity of his life.


He lived through the peak of the brutality of communism, when Christians were imprisoned and tortured in the most inhumane way. He went through torture that the common human mind cannot comprehend. He was hideously tortured, kept in the dark and cold, mocked, terrorized, and saw his comrades die one by one.


He showed incredible courage, a courage bordering on foolishness, a foolishness for Christ. He understood that this was a battle between God and Satan, and he was fighting for something he considered essential: the Church, the Faith, human dignity and freedom.

Source: Translated by John Sanidopoulos.


Friday, December 6, 2013

The Miraculous Appearance of the Image of St. Nicholas in Tambov


In the province of Tambov a family bought an old abandoned home. Furthermore, the building was deserted and an old door was thrown under the shed.

On a rainy day the daughter went out to the garden and saw an icon above the door. Having venerated it she went home happy saying: "There was a miracle! St. Nicholas the Wonderworker appeared!"


They quickly took the icon to the church in Sechman. When the bishop of Tambov saw it, he said: "Yes, this appears to be a miracle. We did not know anything about this icon and suddenly it appeared. It was revealed to remind us that it escaped from the great persecutions."

Many faithful come to venerate this icon which day after day becomes brighter.


A conservator identified the icon, which was covered by a thick layer of paint, as an icon of the Muscovite School of the 19th century.




Saturday, November 23, 2013

Perhaps an Explanation for the Tears of the Archangel Michael in Rhodes?


Less than a month ago many thousands of people read my post about the wonderworking icon of the Archangel Michael that began unexplainably weeping in Rhodes, at the old cemetery of Ialysos. Today residents of Rhodes and in particular Ialysos are wondering if perhaps this was a sign that foretold the catastrophe that took place in Rhodes yesterday and today. For those who haven't heard, the story is below:

Heavy Flooding Causes Deaths on Rhodes Island

November 23, 2013

Heavy rain caused serious flooding on Rhodes over the weekend, killing at least two people and prompting authorities to declare a state of emergency on the Dodecanese island.

Rescue workers recovered the body of a 27-year-old school teacher off the coast of Kremasti, in the island’s north, in the early hours of Saturday, a few hours after the body of another woman, aged 40, was found in a river bed in nearby Ialysos. The 27-year-old was a Cypriot woman, according to local reports.

A Super Puma rescue helicopter and a 10-member EMAK rescue team with dogs was dispatched to the island to help with the search for a 50-year-old man reported missing and at least one more person who was unaccounted for.

The local fire service received nearly 300 calls to rescue islanders trapped in their cars on flooded roads and residents of basement apartments or stores that were submerged in floodwater.

The flooding was caused by an intense downpour on Friday, which hit the northern part of the island, close to Rhodes Town, particularly hard. The downpour prompted brief power cuts and caused minor damage to some roads, according to local reports.

In comments to Skai television, the regional governor for the Southern Aegean, Fotis Hatzidakos, said the flooding was “unprecedented” for Rhodes.

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