December 1, 2010

Elder Paisios, the Apostle Andrew and the Earthquake that Shook Patras

On 14 July 1993, chaos came over the city of Patras when an afternoon earthquake struck and shook up people's lives.

During the earthquake Elder Paisios had a vision on Mount Athos, as he was laying on a bed of suffering one year prior to his death. He saw the Apostle Andrew, the protector and patron of the city of Patras, praying intensely and with tears to our Lord Jesus Christ, saying: "Save my city, save my city."

Immediately Elder Paisios contacted Metropolitan Nikodemos of Patras, who informed his suffering flock and reminded them of their protector.

It is believed for this reason Patras was saved from any major catastrophe.

See also: The Patras earthquake (14 July 1993): relative roles of source, path and site effects