August 22, 2023

"I Went and Bought the Biggest Lamp": A Man Recounts a Miracle of the Panagia Varnakova

A man named Sotiris came to the Monastery of Panagia Varnakova holding a lamp the size of the trunk of a small tree! He was overwhelmed with joy and gratitude. His pious wife had also come with him.

A few weeks ago, believers from Agrinio with Father Theokletos had come to Varnakova, to venerate and celebrate the Divine Liturgy. The wife of Sotiris had also come with them, at his request.

"I was sick for a long time and the doctors couldn't find what was wrong with me. I got to the point where I didn't have the courage to drive the car, to go shopping for my children," he recounted with great emotion the day he came.

He added: "I sent my wife to the Panagia, to pray so I can be helped, because I was about to despair. So as I was lying in pain and in my worst state, about nine o'clock in the morning, I suddenly felt a lightness and joy at the same time! I immediately understood!

The Panagia sent Her Grace. I made the sign of the cross and tried to get up. I did it without pain.

I felt strong and well. I dressed, washed, combed my hair and waited for my wife full of emotion and joy. She came at noon. When she saw me raised and healthy, she began to cry out of gratitude to God.

The other day I went to the Agrinio market and bought the biggest lamp. They looked at me with suspicion. But I didn't care about anything. I wanted to climb, if possible, somewhere high and shout my thanks to God and to the Panagia. Let all people hear it and believe!"

Source: From the book Theometoric Miracles of Panagia Varnakova. Translated by John Sanidopoulos.

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