Wednesday, December 14, 2011

A revelation on the torments of hell to St. Makarios the Great

A revelation on the torments of hell to St. Makarios the Great (amateur translation)
This icon is from the cemetary church of All Saints in the town of Perama, Rethymna, the seat of the municipality of Mylopotamou, by the iconographer Emmanuel Sephake.

St. Makarios of Egypt once was traveling through the desert, and accidentally uncovered a skull with his staff. He bent down, buried it with respect, and prayed for the man to whom it belonged. Then, the man's soul appeared to him, and informed him that, while he was alive, he was a worshiper of the devils (a priest of Isis), and now he was in hell. “And how is it there?” the Saint asked. “All are found amidst flames” the soul responded, “and we are bound back-to-back. However, when you pray for us, we see each other for the short time that you are praying.” We know from our holy Christian teachers that the fire which the soul mentioned is the Fire of God, which bathes all in the other world. Those with an attitude of egotism experience this as the “fire of hell”.
"We are bound to each other back-to-back, but when you pray for us, we can see each others' faces" (
Through the prayers of our Holy Fathers, Lord Jesus Christ our God, have mercy on us and save us! Amen!

1 comment:


"St. Macarios of Egypt was so good that when a young woman, who was pregnant by some secret lover, falsely accused him that the child was his, he accepted the accusation, suffered all kinds of insults from the local people and started to work double, in order to support the woman and her child. And when later the truth was revealed, he left secretly and never tried to clear his name."
From here:
Thank you.