A Miracle of St. Philaret the New Confessor
- FROM SERBIA
My mother is about 80 years old, and out of a small lump on her right hand,
she got big wound which started to aches her. There were no medicines that
could help, not even did the doctors know what was the matter about. She was
taking antibiotics, getting painkiller medicines, at the end she got 15
injections of penicillin too, but nothing helped; the wound was constantly taking
progress so that even mum was pretty scared.
Mum is very pious, even in the hardest communist period she studied theology
and also lived in a patriarchal Christian family, but it was no way clear to
her how it was possible that the whole (Serbian) Church could have separated
from God, and that only three or four hundred of usâ&brkbar; could have stood in truth (I must admit that this was even strange to me, but unfortunately that is
the way it is).
Since she brought me up in Orthodox spirit and I stayed without job, mum
fainancially supported my visits to the Holy Liturgies in the genuine Orthodox
monasteries as well, so that is how I used to mention her in my prayers
One of these services took place on the Day of St. Philaret the Confessor,
which our gerontas Akakius traditionally celebrate by devout prayers and the
Holy Liturgy. As a considerable support, there came the sisters of New
Stjenik Monastery from the mountain of Mikulj led by their abbes, the Reverend
Mother Euphrosyne. The church was full with people, and the event is only
possible to experience, these-earthly words are insufficient to convey the
impression, I think that not even the whole world technology would be able to convey at least a bit of the atmosphere before the Holy Chalice.
After the festal Agapes and reading about the life of St. Philaret
Vosnesensky, mentioning known acts of miracleworking that took place due to prayers before the Saint, the Holy unction of St. Philaret or his incorrupt relics, we set off to our homes sustained by faith and the Grace of God who celebrated His Saint. By the effort of New Stjenik Monastery sisters, all the faithfull
got Akathist to St. Philaret the Confessor, Mitropolitan of New York and East
American, the Fierst Hierarch of Russian Church Abroad (the Akathist was
written by one of the sisters and they usually pray to the Saint for support in
confessing faith). Besides the Akathist, by the blessing of father Akakius,
monk Joseph filled up for me a bottle of the Holy oil from the lampion of St.
Philaret the Confessor.
Having arrived home I ascended my prayers to St. Philaret reading the
Akathist and then anointing my motherâs wound with the Holy oil making the sign of a cross, and then enclosing the whole sore place. The pain momentally ceased, and in the morning the wound reduced twice already, while the puss started to come out. The condition of my mother before reading the Akathist was such that during the prayers she could not stand on her legs and had to sit down.
With glory and honour to Holy God-pleasing servant Philaret the Confessor,
let the Lord by His Providence have mercy on all Serbian people and by the
prayers of St. Philaret the Confessor let Him bring Serbians back to Christ and
make bolsheviks ashamed and throw them into everlasting fire together with
their master, satan. Glory be to God on heights by the prayers of St.
Philaret the Confessor and all the True Orthodox Christians. Amen.
Milivoje Miljkovic, Belgrade;
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