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. – Excerpts from Sofia’s book

The Miracle of the Panagia Seydnaya to  my friends, Stella and Sotiris

SEIDANAGIA

The following is the intellectual property of Sofia Kioroglou and constitutes an excerpt from the book ” IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF JESUS” published by Greek Orthodox Pilgrimages.

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,
meaning 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 monastery. So,
when I told her that the icon of the Theotokos
Seydnaya gives children, she asked me to 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 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
Seydnaya 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 Seraphema, who assured
me that Stella would get pregnant really soon.
Within 2 months, my friend Stella had 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.

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