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Watch Video! “Miracle Of The Snakes” A Marian Feast’s Day’s Strange Unusual Miracle 

Watch Video! “Miracle Of The Snakes” A Marian Feast’s Day’s Strange Unusual Miracle 


Every year, on the Orthodox feast of the *Dormition of the Theotokos, a monastery on a Greek island experiences a miracle – dozens of snakes come to ‘venerate‘ an icon of Mary.

In a phenomenon that has reportedly been happening for hundreds of years, black snakes begin appearing on the Greek island of Kefalonia between Aug. 5 and Aug. 15, the days when the Greek Orthodox Church celebrates the dormition of the Theotokos (celebrated in the Western Church as the Assumption of Mary).

According to tradition, the miracle of the snakes began in 1705, when nuns of the monastery were about to be attacked by pirates.

Legend has it that the nuns prayed fervently to the Virgin Mary, asking her that she turn them into snakes to avoid capture. Other versions say that the nuns prayed that the monastery be infested with snakes so as to scare away the pirates. Either way it happened, they were spared.

Since then, the small black snakes, known as European Cat Snakes, appear every year just before the feast, and make their way to the walls and entryways of the Church to ‘venerate’ the silver icon of Mary known as the Panagia Fidoussa, or the Virgin of the Snakes.

The snakes’ patterning can produce a small black cross on their head, and they have a forked tongue, adding to the legend that these snakes are marked by the sign of the Cross.  

In recent years, the faithful have taken to transporting snakes to the church in jars and bags, to protect them from being run over by unwitting motorists.

The usually-aggressive snakes are reportedly docile and calm during these days, when they are welcome in the church for Mass and prayers, and disappear from the island completely after the feast until the next year.

Reportedly, the only years the snakes have not appeared on the island were during World War II, and in 1953 – the year of a massive earthquake. Locals now take the lack of the snake’s appearance as a bad sign.

Every year, the island celebrates the Theotokos and the miracle with a Snake Festival. 

Every year, on the Orthodox feast of the *Dormition of the Theotokos, a monastery on a Greek island experiences a miracle – dozens of snakes come to ‘venerate‘ an icon of Mary.

In a phenomenon that has reportedly been happening for hundreds of years, black snakes begin appearing on the Greek island of Kefalonia between Aug. 5 and Aug. 15, the days when the Greek Orthodox Church celebrates the dormition of the Theotokos (celebrated in the Western Church as the Assumption of Mary).

According to tradition, the miracle of the snakes began in 1705, when nuns of the monastery were about to be attacked by pirates.

Legend has it that the nuns prayed fervently to the Virgin Mary, asking her that she turn them into snakes to avoid capture. Other versions say that the nuns prayed that the monastery be infested with snakes so as to scare away the pirates. Either way it happened, they were spared.

Since then, the small black snakes, known as European Cat Snakes, appear every year just before the feast, and make their way to the walls and entryways of the Church to ‘venerate’ the silver icon of Mary known as the Panagia Fidoussa, or the Virgin of the Snakes.

The snakes’ patterning can produce a small black cross on their head, and they have a forked tongue, adding to the legend that these snakes are marked by the sign of the Cross.  

In recent years, the faithful have taken to transporting snakes to the church in jars and bags, to protect them from being run over by unwitting motorists.

The usually-aggressive snakes are reportedly docile and calm during these days, when they are welcome in the church for Mass and prayers, and disappear from the island completely after the feast until the next year.

Reportedly, the only years the snakes have not appeared on the island were during World War II, and in 1953 – the year of a massive earthquake. Locals now take the lack of the snake’s appearance as a bad sign.

Every year, the island celebrates the Theotokos and the miracle with a Snake Festival. 

Every year, on the Orthodox feast of the *Dormition of the Theotokos, a monastery on a Greek island experiences a miracle – dozens of snakes come to ‘venerate‘ an icon of Mary.

In a phenomenon that has reportedly been happening for hundreds of years, black snakes begin appearing on the Greek island of Kefalonia between Aug. 5 and Aug. 15, the days when the Greek Orthodox Church celebrates the dormition of the Theotokos (celebrated in the Western Church as the Assumption of Mary).

According to tradition, the miracle of the snakes began in 1705, when nuns of the monastery were about to be attacked by pirates.

Legend has it that the nuns prayed fervently to the Virgin Mary, asking her that she turn them into snakes to avoid capture. Other versions say that the nuns prayed that the monastery be infested with snakes so as to scare away the pirates. Either way it happened, they were spared.

Since then, the small black snakes, known as European Cat Snakes, appear every year just before the feast, and make their way to the walls and entryways of the Church to ‘venerate’ the silver icon of Mary known as the Panagia Fidoussa, or the Virgin of the Snakes.

The snakes’ patterning can produce a small black cross on their head, and they have a forked tongue, adding to the legend that these snakes are marked by the sign of the Cross.  

In recent years, the faithful have taken to transporting snakes to the church in jars and bags, to protect them from being run over by unwitting motorists.

The usually-aggressive snakes are reportedly docile and calm during these days, when they are welcome in the church for Mass and prayers, and disappear from the island completely after the feast until the next year.

Reportedly, the only years the snakes have not appeared on the island were during World War II, and in 1953 – the year of a massive earthquake. Locals now take the lack of the snake’s appearance as a bad sign.

Every year, the island celebrates the Theotokos and the miracle with a Snake Festival. 

Source:

Catholic News Agency (CNA). 

*The term Dormition is an OrthodoxChurch teaching which expresses the belief that the Virgin died without suffering, in a state of spiritual peace. The Dormition Is actually sometimes called the Assumption Of Mary, and is celebrated on the 15th day of August, yearly. The Orthodox Church also teaches that Mary is without personal sins. The belief does not rest on any scriptural basis, but is based on apocryphal writings. In PseudoJohn the Evangelist’s Liber de Dormitione Mariae, lit. “Book of the Dormition of Mary”, known in English as “The Falling Asleep of the Holy Mother of God”, Mary’s soul is carried to heaven, while her body is carried away by angels to be preserved until the ultimate resurrection.

How Saint Dominic Forced Demons To Speak The Truth During An Exorcism 

How Saint Dominic Forced Demons To Speak The Truth During An Exorcism 

 

SAINT DOMINIC DURING AN EXORCISM FORCES THE DEMONS TO SPEAK TRUTH.
When Saint Dominic, who spread the devotion of praying the rosary, was preaching the Rosary near Carcassone an Albigensian was brought to him who was possessed by the devil.

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Saint Dominic exorcised him in the presence of a great crowd of people; it appears that over twelve thousand had come to hear him preach.

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The devils who were in possession of this wretched man were forced to answer Saint Dominic’s questions in spite of themselves. They said that: There were fifteen thousand of them in the body of this poor man, because he had attacked the fifteen mysteries of the Rosary; They went on to testify that by preaching the Rosary he put horror into the very depths of hell and that he was the man they hated most throughout the whole world, because of the souls which he snatched from them through devotion to the Holy Rosary.

They then revealed several other things.

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Saint Dominic put his rosary around the Albigensian’s neck and asked the devils to tell him who, of all the saints in heaven, was the one they feared the most, and who should therefore be the most loved and revered by men.

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At this they let out such unearthly screams that most of the people fell to the ground, faint from fear. Then, using all their cunning, so as not to answer, the devils wept and wailed in such a pitiful way that many of the people wept also, out of purely natural pity. 

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The devils spoke through the mouth of the Albigenisian, pleading in a heartrending voice:

“Dominic, Dominic, have mercy on us – we promise you that we will never hurt you. You have always had compassion for sinners and those in distress; have pity on us, for we are in grievous straits. We are suffering so very much already, so why do you delight in heightening our pains? Can’t you be satisfied with our suffering without adding to it? Have pity on us! Have pity on us!”

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Saint Dominic was not one whit moved by the pathos of these wretched spirits and told them that he would not let them alone until they had answered his question. Then they said they would whisper the answer in such a way that only Saint Dominic would be able to hear. The latter firmly insisted upon their answering clearly and out loud. Then the devils kept quiet and refused to say another word, completely disregarding Saint Dominic’s orders – so he knelt down and prayed thus to Our Lady: 

“Oh, all powerful and wonderful Virgin Mary, I implore you by the power of the Most Holy Rosary, order these enemies of the human race to answer me.” 

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No sooner had he made this prayer than a glowing flame leaped out of the ears, nostrils and mouth of the Albigensian. Everyone shook with fear, but the fire did not hurt anyone. Then the devils cried:

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“Dominic, we beseech you, by the passion of Jesus Christ and by the merits of His Holy Mother and of all the saints, let us leave the body of this man without speaking – for the angels will answer your question whenever you wish. After all, are we not liars? So why should you want to believe us? Please don’t torture us any more; have pity on us.” 

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“Woe unto you wretched spirits, who do not deserve to be heard.” Saint Dominic said, and kneeling down he prayed to Our Lady:

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“Oh most worthy Mother of Wisdom, I am praying for the people assembled here who have already learned how to say the Angelic Salutation properly. Please, I beg of you, force your enemies to proclaim the whole truth and nothing but the truth about this, here and now, before the multitude.” 

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Saint Dominic had hardly finished this prayer when he saw the Blessed Virgin near at hand, surrounded by a multitude of angels. She struck the possessed man with a golden rod that she held and said: 

“Answer my servant Dominic at once.” 

(Remember, the people neither saw nor heard Our Lady, but only Saint Dominic.) 

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“Then listen well you Christians; the Mother of Jesus Christ is all powerful and she can save her servants from falling into hell. She is the Sun which destroys the darkness of our wiles and subtlety. It is she who uncovers our hidden plots, breaks our snares and makes our temptations useless and ineffectual. 

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“We have to say, however reluctantly, that not a single soul who has really persevered in her service has ever been damned with us; one single sigh that she offers to the Blessed Trinity is worth far more than all the prayers, desires and aspirations of all the saints. 

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“We fear her more than all the other saints in heaven together and we have no success with her faithful servants. Many Christians who call upon her when they are at the hour of death and who really ought to be damned according to our ordinary standards are saved by her intercession.

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“Oh if only that Mary (it is thus in their fury that they called her) had not pitted her strength against ours and had not upset our plans, we should have conquered the Church and should have destroyed it long before this; and we would have seen to it that all the Orders in the Church fell into error and disorder. 

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“Now that we are forced to speak we must also tell you this: nobody who perseveres in saying the Rosary will be damned, because she obtains for her servants the grace of true contrition for their sins and by means of this they obtain God’s forgiveness and mercy.” 

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Then Saint Dominic had them all say the Rosary very slowly and with great devotion, and a wonderful thing happened: at each Hail Mary that he and the people said together a large group of devils issued forth from the wretched man’s body under the guise of red-hot coals. 

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When the devils had all been expelled and the heretic was at last entirely free of them, Our Lady (who was still invisible gave her blessing to the assembled company, and they were filled with joy because of this. 

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A large number of heretics were converted because of this miracle and joined the Confraternity of the Most Holy Rosary.

Why Satan Hates The Brown Scapular 

Why Satan Hates The Brown Scapular 

When worn in faith, the sacramental is a strong weapon against the Evil One.

The Catholic Church is blessed with lots of sacramentals which guides and increases our faith through our earthly journey. Among the many sacramentals of the Catholic Church, the Brown Scapular is one of the most popular ones. It is a piece of brown cloth that is worn around the shoulders and fosters a deeper relationship with Jesus Christ and his mother, the Blessed Virgin Mary.

Throughout history it has aided a countless number of Christian souls and has proven to be a powerful defense against Satan. In the booklet Garment of Grace, evidence for this claim is found in the life of Venerable Francis Ypes. 

According to the story: “One day his Scapular fell off. As he replaced it, the devil howled, ‘Take off the habit which snatches so many souls from us!’ Then and there Francis made the devil admit that there are three things which the demons are most afraid of: the Holy Name of Jesus, the Holy Name of Mary, and the Holy Scapular of Carmel.”

As an example of the scapular’s sacramental power to “snatch” souls from the devil, St. Peter Claver used the Brown Scapular in his missionary adventures. Each month “a shipment of 1,000 slaves would arrive at Cartegena, Colombia, South America. St. Peter used to insure the salvation of his converts. First, he organized catechists to give them instructions. Then, he saw to it that they were baptized and clothed with the Scapular. Some ecclesiastics accused the Saint of indiscreet zeal, but St. Peter was confident that Mary would watch over each of his more than 300,000 converts!”

These and other stories echo what various exorcists have experienced. Famed exorcist Fr. Gabriele Amorth related that the devil said to him during an exorcism, “I am more afraid when you say the Madonna’s name, because I am more humiliated by being beaten by a simple creature, than by Him.”

Consequently, when the wearing of a Brown Scapular leads a person to develop a “habit” of faith, it becomes a strong defense against Satan as it draws a person closer to the Virgin Mary, whom the devil vehemently abhors.

A True Testimony: The Kansas Town The Blessed Virgin Mary Spared From War II, Through The Rosary 

A True Testimony: The Kansas Town The Blessed Virgin Mary Spared From War II, Through The Rosary 

 

I was 5 years old when World War II started,” Lilian said. “The priest said, ‘Let’s pray outside at the grotto …'”

St. Benedict, Kansas, will be remembering their war dead on Memorial Day. But they won’t remember any from World War II, Korea, or Desert Storm.


The town has sent many young men to war, but none were lost — and local Catholics credit the Rosary.


Larry Buessing remembers St. Mary’s Church in the tiny town of St. Benedict as the church his grandfather helped build in 1893. “He was a little boy and he led the mule that raised the rock to put in place for the church,” he said.


The church, built by the Benedictines of Atchison, Kansas, is plain on the outside, but breathtakingly beautiful inside, such that it was a finalist for one of the “8 Wonders of Kansas” in a recent statewide contest.


“Faith was not extraordinary for those German farmers,” said Buessing. “It was a faith-filled community.”


That faith included the Rosary, whose 15 original mysteries are referenced in art on the church walls. Outside, the church added a grotto in 1936, using rocks from nearby farms.


Lilian Engelken, a parish secretary at St. Mary’s for 28 years, heard stories about how the grotto was built.


“The young men of the parish helped bring the rocks,” she said. They were the same young men who would later be sent to Europe and the Pacific to fight the Axis Powers.


When war broke out, said Lilian, the parish pastor told us, “We’re going to say the Rosary for our servicemen.”


And that they did, every night at 7:30, “after chores were done” – weather permitting. In inclement weather they prayed in the church instead.


Engelken remembers more than 50 young men headed off to war. Every single one came back.


Others suffered heavy losses. The town of Frankfort, also in Northeast Kansas, lost 32 young men in World War II.


“Based on records from local county newspapers of that time, it is concluded that the Frankfort community lost more men in World War II than any other town of similar size,” said Sen. Pat Roberts, upon entering all 32 names into the Congressional Record in 2005.


The miracle of the Rosary is remembered by parishioners to this day.


“Some of us do remember going and we were quite little. I was 5 years old when World War II started,” Lilian said. “The priest said, ‘Let’s pray outside at the grotto on our knees and ask for them to come back.’ And they all did.”


When the Korean War broke out, the town sent more men overseas, and prayed more rosaries. Again, no casualties were lost. The practice was remembered in 1991 when Desert Storm brought troops to Kuwait. Again, the town gathered for prayers. Again, “St. Benedict boys” were spared.


“We had three neighbor boys who went to war, and two or three who lived half a mile the other direction. I was young but I knew them because of older brothers and sisters,” Lilian said. “They all came back. Our Lady was good to us.”


There are other more dramatic miracles of the Rosary from World War II — there were the eight German missionaries who prayed the Rosary daily in Hiroshima, Japan, during World War II, and walked away unscathed after the atomic bomb destroyed everything around them on August 6, 1945. There were also Austria’s daily rosaries to fend off communist takeover after the war was over.


But the miracle of the Rosary at St. Benedict, Kansas, reminds us how Our Lady takes cares of the humble, the dedicated and the devout who pray for peace, war after war.

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