Theotokos Iveron Icon of Hawaii

Theotokos Iveron of Hawaii

many of you have probably heard of the miraculous icon of the Theotokos Iveron from Hawaii. it is a copy of the panagia portaitissa (gatekeeper) and was written by st. luke the evangelist. you can read the whole story of panagia portaitissa here. once, during the iconoclasm period, this icon was being kept in the private chapel of a certain widow. when the soldiers came in, one of them drew his sword and sliced the face of the icon. immediately, blood began to gush forth. the soldier repented and entered a monastery. this is why, if you look closely, there is a cut with blood dripping from her cheek.  the original icon has been copied and even the copies have begun to perform miracles. the icon i am about to tell you about is a copy of a copy and has become one of the most miraculous.

the icon has been streaming myrrh since 2007 (link to the whole story of how it began is posted below).  this icon has visited the monastery in saxonburg, pa (and hour from my hometown in ohio) many times and each time i’ve wanted to go so badly but i never ended up being there at the right time. my koumbara, Eleni, in ohio is always talking about how incredible the myrrh smells and about different miracles that she’s heard have happened to people after venerating this panagia and i’ve had this longing to see it for so long. [Read more…]

Miracle of St. Nektarios

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St. Nektarios, Bishop of Pentapolis, is one of the most wonderworking saints of our century. Countless miracles have been performed through his intercessions. He is also our family’s patron saint (we were married on his feastday). I recently received an email telling of this miracle performed by him in Romania. With his feastday approaching, on November 9, I thought it would be nice to share this story with all of you.

Translated from Romanian to English…

Thursday, 15 October 2009

Unbelievable but True-the Biggest Miracle of the Century in Romania

In a small village in Romania no priests existed and the residents went often to the Patriarch and demanded him to fulfill the empty spot. However the Patriarch did not have the means of satisfying the demand for a priest. The villagers went over and over again but their was nothing their Patriarch said that was any different… that he did not have any extra priests or else he would send one to the village.

Meanwhile people died unread (no services), others had relationships and children without marriage vows, the children and adults alike were unbaptized.

Then one day, outside of the Church a car pulled up and stopped and out stepped a priest shouting. The village was astonished.

The villagers went to the church to welcome him and asked him, “How did you come to the village after our Patriarch had said that he doesn’t have a priest to send us?”

The priest answered, “Isn’t that what you wished for? You wished for a priest? Now one has come.”

All the villagers were glad in the presence of the new priest.

The priest began immediately working. He went to all the graves and read the (exodio) prayers. He baptized and married everyone in the village and administered Holy Communion.

One day he invited all the villagers to church and told them, “I must leave now, my mission work is done.”

The villagers were saddened and confused by his announcement and asked, “Now that you came, you are leaving?”

However the priest didn’t change his mind and proceeded with his decision.

When the villagers realized that their wasn’t anything they could do, they thanked him.

After days, the villagers went to Patriarch and they thanked him for sending them a priest and to let him know that they would kindly appreciate it if he could send them another priest soon, but the Patriarch didn’t know anything.

He said to them I didn’t send a priest because I don’t have one, however let me check with the Protocingkelo to see if he had sent a priest to you to serve your needs.

He phoned the Protocingkelo but he too didn’t send anyone.

The Patriarch inquired, “What did this priest do for you?”

The villagers answered, “He married us, baptized us, performed funerals for our parents, he did what any other priest would have performed for us.”

Then the Patriarch asked if he gave them any papers or logged the mysteries.

“Of course,” said the villagers, “he gave us papers and he wrote them in the Churches books.”

“Then did anyone see what he wrote? And with what name he signed?”

“All the documents were written in Romanian and we are not well educated and the signature he signed in a language we have not seen before.”

The Patriarch requested they go bring the books in order to see who was this clergyman.

When they returned with the book the Patriarch remained speechless. He couldn’t believe his eyes.

Indeed all the documents were written in Romanian while his name was written in Greek with the name of his signature, Nektarios, Bishop of Pentapolis.

Source: Demetrios Velaoras

Glory to God! May St. Nektarios intercede for us!