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August 12, 2012

Miraculous Intervention of the Panagia During Mount Athos Fire

By John Sanidopoulos

Monks, firefighters and workers on Mount Athos, without hesitation, are talking about the intervention of the Theotokos in extinguishing the fire late yesterday, which raged ferociously and threatened Hilandari Monastery. Suddenly a cloud darkened the sky right over the area that was burning and a heavy rain fell. This was reported by the Greek news sources Agioritikovima and Romfea, who interviewed monks and firefighters.

It should be noted that the national meteorological service had not foreseen this storm. Because of this heavy rainfall the Monastery was saved from disaster.

Yesterday, at the starting point of the fire, the abbot of Hilandari Monastery did a Sanctification of the Waters service and brought the relics of the Monastery with a copy of the icon of the Panagia of the Three Hands. The miracle is thus seen as a miracle of the Panagia.

The fire continues in other parts of Mount Athos.