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November 11, 2021

Saint Menas and the Debtor

About 20 years ago, the house of a man from Velestino with a plot of 300 sq.m. was put up for auction by a bank, along with a farm with a building that existed in it. The first time no bidder appeared and the auction was repeated. In the second auction also no one appeared to bid.

The bank according to the law made a decision by the Court of First Instance and the court reduced the price of the first offer to the low amount of 6,000,000 drachmas for both properties, ie about 18,000 euros. The debtor all this time went to the Icon of Saint Menas, in the Chapel and asked for help. I saw him constantly. He was a friend and he had helped me a lot in the landscaping of the courtyard of the Chapel.

On the eve of the auction, the debtor woke up in front of the icon of Saint Menas, inside the Chapel with incessant tears, asking for help.

On the day of the auction, his daughter came and told me, "Stavros, I only have six million drachmas. What do you advise me to do?"

My brethren, that day the bank did not come to bid, nor the Greek State to which he owed 50,000 euros, because that day the employees of the Tax Office moved and the property was awarded to the daughter of the debtor instead of the above low price of six million drachmas!

This was Saint Menas! 

Source: Translated by John Sanidopoulos.