By Maria Meletiou-Makris, Philologist
The God-bearing Saint Parthenios not only casts out demons, but as "the glorious benefactor of miracles", "bestowing miracles on all", he extends his miraculous action to all diseases and emerges as a "fervent protector of the suffering and afflicted".
Mrs. Kyriaki Vertopoulos, a resident of Zografou, told us about a miracle that Saint Parthenios performed for her at the time when his chapel was being built at the Lyreion Foundation.
Mrs. Kyriaki was very ill then with severe pneumonia. Her condition was very serious and was becoming even more serious because at the age of twenty-three she had contracted tuberculosis and lost one of her lungs.
Thus, having come down with pneumonia, her life was in danger. She could not breathe at all, had turned blue all over, so she was hospitalized in Sismanogleio Hospital, breathing only with the help of oxygen.
Her husband, who visited the Lyreion Foundation, met someone, from whom he was informed about his own miraculous cure from cancer, as well as about the Chapel of Saint Parthenios that was being built there.
When he went to Sismanogleio to see his wife, he told her everything he had learned. She, being in a desperate state, was moved by the great miracle, she cried and wanted to ask the Saint to have mercy on her and to free her from the torturous disease, and grant her life.
She invoked him fervently: "My good Saint, who does such great miracles, make me well also and I will bring to your chapel a lamp."
She immediately recovered and was released from the hospital.
The doctors who had written her off admired her, they were ecstatic, they wondered how this happened. Her condition was so serious that they estimated that if she survived, she would need at least two months of hospital treatment.
And yet, within days she came out with the intervention of the Saint.
Mrs. Kyriaki has been completely well since then. She breathes without any problem and makes her way up to the chapel of the Saint with such ease, as she characteristically told us, it's as if she is "like a little girl".
So she went up, after becoming well, holding her vow in her hands.
Saint Parthenios is now her protector and helper in every difficult hour.
She invokes him and it is not long before she "hears" his answer, to see his help.
Source: Θεραπευτής των ασθενειών του αιώνα μας Άγιος Παρθένιος Λαμψάκου, Αθήνα 2010. Translated by John Sanidopoulos.