"Today the concept of truth is viewed with suspicion, because truth is identified with violence. Over history there have, unfortunately, been episodes when people sought to defend the truth with violence. But they are two contrasting realities. Truth cannot be imposed with means other than itself! Truth can only come with its own light. Yet, we need truth. ... Without truth we are blind in the world, we have no path to follow. The great gift of Christ was that He enabled us to see the face of God".Pope Benedict xvi, February 24th, 2012

The Church is ecumenical, catholic, God-human, ageless, and it is therefore a blasphemy—an unpardonable blasphemy against Christ and against the Holy Ghost—to turn the Church into a national institution, to narrow her down to petty, transient, time-bound aspirations and ways of doing things. Her purpose is beyond nationality, ecumenical, all-embracing: to unite all men in Christ, all without exception to nation or race or social strata. - St Justin Popovitch

Sunday 14 November 2010

Posted: 11 Nov 2010 10:20 AM PST

A friend from Serbia sent me some very interesting photos of myrrh and blood streaming items from an Orthodox Christian household which include the following: various icons, a photo and icon of St. Theodore the Studite (Nov. 11), a statue of the Mother of God, a brass Cross, and a prayer rope which contains a holy relic of St. Theodore the Studite. They belong to a family who live in Zajecar of Serbia, and according to them, some of the icons started streaming myrrh and blood prior to the civil war in former Yugoslavia (1990), while the other items started recently in 2007. The prayer rope was given to Milan Dimitrijević (the owner of the home where this is taking place) while on pilgrimage to the Holy Land. Everything else was acquired in Serbia.

Of special interest is that the brass Cross streams blood from the area of the five wounds of Christ, the photograph of St. Theodore is a print that was taken of a fresco in a church, the statue also streams myrrh, and the prayer rope is kept in a jar to catch the myrrh which continuously flows (there is always an abundant supply for pilgrims who come to be anointed by the holy myrrh).

This holy myrrh has healing properties as well. For example, a young woman from Belgrade who had stage four cancer applied the holy myrrh on herself regularly for months. Upon examination, doctors were in awe to find that her cancer had gone into remission. (Interestingly, the young woman was initially in doubt over the authenticity of the divine origin of this miracle, and during this time of doubt her cancer would go into exacerbation.)

Some people see this miracle as a sign from above, others see it as divine grace visiting the faithful to aid in their spiritual and physical healing. It seems both are valid explanations.

There are is also a link in Serbian here.

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