The Miracle of the Panagia Seydnaya to Stella and Sotiris
Elder Joseph the Hesychast said that everyone should have a “favorite” icon of the Mother of God and we should look at it and pray for her intercessions everyday.
The Holy Monastery of Seydnaya in Jerusalem is also known as the monastery of the Theotokos’s grandmother from the Arab name Der-elsaida, Grandmother’s Monastery. The miraculous icon, which according to tradition arrived by itself from Damascus of Syria, is found in this monastery. The miracles happening in this Monastery are so many and various that whole volumes could be written about them. The miracle that happened to my best friend Stella is worth mentioning to give strength and faith to all those who have trouble conceiving. Stella Xefteri knew about my passion for the Holy Land and my special fondness for this specific monastery. So, when I told her that the icon of the Theotokos gives children, she asked me το bring her the holy wick from the oil lamp of the Holy Icon. One can find millions of letters and pictures in the binders which attest to the difficulty the couples had in conceiving and to the miracle that ensued after swallowing that wick after following a special fast and devotional. Stella and her husband from Greece had struggled to conceive for as long as 15 years. Stella Xefteri, asked me to get the miraculous wick that the Monastery of Saydnaya in Jerusalem gives to childless couples in hopes of getting pregnant. And, by golly, she sure did!!! When I visited Jerusalem, in 2010, I passed on Stella’s request for a baby to the abess of the Monastery, Nun Serafima who assured me that Stella would get pregnant really soon. Within 2 months, my friend Stella conceived twins. Her joy was ineffable and in 2012, I was asked to deliver the photos of the newborns to the Abbess to put them in the binder with all the other baby pictures. You can imagine the immense joy of the Abbess upon hearing the good tidings.
THE MIRACULOUS ICON
THE BOOK IS SLATED FOR PUBLICATION AFTER CHRISTMAS
Sofia Kioroglou ©