A miracle of Sts. Luke of Simferopol and Panteleimon (amateur translation)
young girl was going for surgery to a hospital in Simferopol. Her
situation was very serious, and the surgery was difficult and
physician that was operating on her called the mother of the patient
and told her: “The surgery is very difficult and dangerous. I can't
guarantee anything. I don't know if your girl will come out alive.”
was no other choice. The young girl was brought to the operating
the duration of the surgery, the mother was sitting in the yard of
the hospital, and with tears in her eyes she prayed to St. Luke the
Surgeon and to St. Panteleimon to help.
one instant, before the mother's eyes, an astonishing event occurred:
the wall of the hospital became invisible, like a pane of glass. The
operating room appeared. In the hospital bed was her daughter, and
around her were the surgeon and his helpers. Next to her was the
surgical nurse who was holding the surgical instruments.
more wondrously: Next to the surgeon she saw the Holy Physicians to
whom she was praying. To the left was St. Panteleimon with a lit
lamp. To the right was St. Luke, who every so often would take the
tools from the nurse and give them to the surgeon!
mother was struck with astonishment and amazement. She felt that her
prayer had been answered. When the operation was finished, the
surgeon exited full of joy and enthusiasm.
called the mother and told her: “Things went very well,
the mother related to him the wondrous event that she experienced.
The surgeon was stunned. He did his cross and confessed: “Now I
understand. During the operation, when I would want some surgeon's
tool, I didn't even get to tell the nurse. As soon as I thought that
I wanted some tool, I had it in my hands.”
"And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth...And of his fulness have all we received, and grace for grace. For the law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ." John 1: 14, 16-17
Glory to the Father and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit, now and forever, and to the ages of ages! Amen!
"As the Prophets saw, as the Apostles taught, as the Church has received, as the Teachers express in dogma, as the inhabited world understands together with them, as grace illumines, as the truth makes clear, as error has been banished, as wisdom makes bold to declare, as Christ has assured, so we think, so we speak, so we preach, honouring Christ our true God, and his Saints, in words, in writings, in thoughts, in sacrifices, in churches, in icons, worshipping and revering the One as God and Lord, and honouring them because of their common Lord as those who are close to him and serve him, and making to them relative veneration.
This is the faith of the Apostles; this is the faith of the Fathers; this is the faith of the Orthodox; this faith makes fast the inhabited world." Excerpt from the Synodikon of the Sunday of Orthodoxy (http://www.anastasis.org.uk/synodikon.htm)
By the Grace of God, here are presented a few true stories of the Saints, sayings of the Holy Fathers, sacred icons, and many other things so that, maybe in a small way, we may remind ourselves that (though we might not be ready to accept it) Jesus Christ is the WAY, the TRUTH, and the LIFE, and that the Holy Orthodox Church is full of Christ's GRACE and TRUTH, and is no less than the Kingdom of God on earth.
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