Little Flower you did wrong. To understand that take Holy water from your Church and Holy Water from your Parents Orthodox Church and put them side by side. Then ask why Roman Catholic Water becomes corupt earlier. Maybe because the rite of obtaining Holy water was changed in Roman Catholic Church. Protestantism has renounced Holy water alltogether.
Well next, think that eternal life comes from eating food for eternal life , that is Holy Eucharist John 6:53 6:54 . To Holy Eucharist protestantism looks like renounced too. So, changes had happen in Roman Catholic Church regarding obtaining food for eternal life too. Did you think at consequences? You started gambling with your eternal life and if you would go to Proetstantsim you would almost lose food for etern al life.
On the time aftre Council of Florence, Roman Catholics eneterd Mount Athos requiring monks tos erve with them. Some did and God destroyed the Church killing the ones inside. More than that, their bodies did not break smelling bad and having hair and nail growing even today. Also when Roman Catholics came to receive Holy Light miracle, This miracle did not come until Roman Catholics have ,left the Church.
Appendix C Miracles
A religion is not a University. Is not giving only wisdom , it operates above wisdom and anything that can be discovered by science. So a religion needs to have miracles. So what miracles does the Christianity have? What miracles has Eastern orthodox Christianity has?
Every aspect of Jesus life in the New testament is accompanied by miracles:
1. Easter is the victory of death over life. On Easter day, in Eastern orthodox Christianity, Holy Light is descending from God, in front of people, on the exact place where Jesus was resurrected. Holy Light comes in the Church built on his sepulcher. This is similar with the column of Light that lead Jews into the desert.
Here is an article about Holy light: http://www.holyfire.org/eng/
Here is a movie about Holy Light: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=99xvNIydfvQ
Even if many christian confessions have tried to get Holy light, it come only to Eastern Orthodox Christianity showing the truth of this faith.
2.Baptism allows people to see Heaven. When Jesus was baptized, nature showed submission for Word of God and bowed down with holy Jordan river flowing backward while Jesus was baptized. Year after year this miracle happen even in our times. Here is an movie:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CfmrqZwUjCQ
3.The cloud on Mount Tabor.
Every year on transfiguration day a cloud comes on Mount Tabor. I have seen a picture with this cloud .
4.The skeletons in Egypt
I read that on the time of Bright week, when Jesus had victory over death, in Egypt, near pyramids skeletons come away from Earth and stay in vertical position until the Thursday of Bright week, when Jesus finishing his salvation work and assumed to heaven. I have no picture or movies yet about this miracle.
1+2+3+4 are yearly miracles.
5. Holy water.
Here you see pictures with the actual water structure transformation through the blessing prayer, so it become Holy water. Incredible how prayer can change water structure.http://stmaryofstamford.org/holywater.html
6. Saints appearing after death, doing miracles after death, moving mountains, having uncorrupted bodies and many more.
Many Easter orthodox Christians can tell you about saints helping through intercession. The Ladder to Heaven dreamed by patriarch in Old testament while sleeping is in Eastern Orthodox Christianity.
Holy Mother of God does many many many miracles.
"The Miracle in Syria"
Compiled by Archimandrite Nektarios Serfes, Boise, Idaho USA
ORTHODOX PATRIARCHAL CONVENT OF VIRGIN MARY
In December 2004 a Saudi Arabian man, a Moslem, appeared before several new agencies to relate the following incredible event he experienced and which changed his life (this story appeared on TV, the Internet, radio, and was circulated in newspapers, magazines, and pamphlets throughout Saudi Arbia, Syria, Palestine, and evidently in all neighboring countries.
Some years ago, this man married a very rich Moslem woman but sterile. As the years passed, and despite all their efforts and significant medical expenses with many doctors, they remained childless. The man's parents suggested to him that he marry a second woman, while upholding his initial marriage (as the local laws permits up to four concurrent marriages).
Being exhausted, worried, and downhearted, he did not accept his parents' advice but rather chose to vacation with his wife in Syria. There, they hired a limousine with a driver who would serve as tour guide fro all their site-seeing excursions throughout Syria. As the vacation progressed, the driver noticed that the Saudi Arabian couple was experiencing bitterness, pain, and grief. Having gained familiarity with the couple, the driver cautiously asked them whey they appeared to be so unhappy-was it perhaps because he was not conducting the tour to their satisfaction?
The couple confided to the driver that the source of their unhappiness was their inability to have children. The driver who was also a Moslem, then told them that in Syria the Christians, specifically the Orthodox Christians, have a monastery named Panagia Saidraya (Arabic word meaning Our Lady) and that many people who can't have children take refuge to Her miracle-producing icon. They go to the monastery and there they are given to eat, the wick form the lamp which burns before the miraculous icon. And then the "Mary" of the Christians gives them according to their faith, what they wish for.
Becoming excited, the Saudi Arabian and his wife asked the driver to take them to the monastery "Saidnaya" of "The Lady of the Christians" and said that if we have a child, then I will come back and I will give you $20,000.00 US and, I will give the monastery $80,000 US. So they went to the monastery and did as they were instructed. Later they returned to their homeland and after some time the wife was found pregnant. In a few months she gave birth to a charming baby boy. It was truly a miracle of Our Lady Theotokos.
Now, as soon as his wife gave birth the Saudi Arabian man wanted to return to Syria to uphold the promises he had made. Upon his return he called the same driver and asked to be picked up at the Damascus airport. But the driver was cunning and wicked and he persuaded two of his friends to go to the airport with him to pick up the rich Saudi Arabian man and to take his money and kill him. So they picked up the rich man at the airport and he, as they drove, without realizing that they had planned to kill him, told the friends of the driver that he would give them also $10,000 US each.
These men still not satisfied, deviated from the route to the monastery and went to a deserted place and proceeded to slay the Saudi Arabian man and to cut off his head and other parts (hands and legs) of his body into pieces. Blinded by passion and overcome by the horrific act that they just committed, they put the man's remains in the trunk of the car rather than just leaving him there. After taking his money, watch, and all that he had, they proceeded to find another deserted place to discard the remains.
Then on the National highway, their car broke down and stopped in the middle of that road. The three men got out to determine why the engine had stalled. Then a passerby stopped to help them but they, afraid that their terrible act would be discovered, pretended that they did not need any help. But as the passerby motorist was leaving, he noticed blood dripping from the rear of the vehicle and he called the police to investigate because the scene and the three men looked suspicious. The police came and they saw the blood under the car and on the pavement so they ordered that the trunk be opened.
Well, when the opened the trunk, lo and behold, the Saudi Arabian man lifted himself out, obviously and amazingly alive and in good health, saying to them "Just now this PANAGIA finished stitching my neck, right here (showing them the area of his Adam's Apple), after first stitching up the rest of my entire body". Seeing this, the three criminals immediately lost their minds-becoming like mad. The police handcuffed them and as they were being taken away to an asylum for the insane, the criminals started raving that it could not be possible that the Saudi Arabian man whom they killed, beheaded, and dissected could yet be alive.
The Saudi Arabian went to a medical facility to undergo examination by doctors and medical examiners who confirmed and attested that the stitching was done very recently, thereby validating the miraculous event. The stitches were, and still are, obvious. When the Saudi Arabian came out of the car's trunk, he had the appearance, literally, of just having been refabricated (put back together) to which he continuously confessed that they PANAGIA had rejoined his body and resurrected him with the help of her Son.
Immediately after this, the Saudi Arabian called his relatives to come to Syria and they all went together to the monastery of Panagia Saidnaya and offered up prayers, praises, and glorification, and instead of the initial gift of $80,000 US (which was promised), he gave $800,000 US to the Theotokos.
Today, as this man relates the details of that overwhelming miracle, he starts his narration with "When I was a Moslem this happened to me" this indicating he is not longer a Moslem, as neither is his family.
This miracle stunned with awesome surprise the entire Arabic/Moslem nation and all of the Middle East. ”
Saint Spiridon have incorruptible body, he is like sleeping and many times his body is missing and his shoes are to be changed every year since they become worn out.
Here is an account:http://www.bucharestherald.ro/dailyevents/41-dailyevents/17988-21st-century-miracle-st-spyridon-the-saint-who-leaves-his-tabernacle-to-go-help-people?tmpl=component&print=1&page=
Saint Mark have moved Mountains. Saint Parascheva has also many miracles. Arsenie Boca has so many miracles, incredible. There are several inspiring books that tell about his miracles.
Many many miracles:
The Icon of Holy Mother of God blinking:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CTrojZJmk18http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uV6eQLLjwS4http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mcFHVhhwgq8http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3JGUJ9AgKAQhttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B8C_8bI_t4A
An account of Miracles of Saints:http://www.orthodox.net/stnicholas/stnicholas3miracles.htmlhttp://www.saint-spyridon.com/archive_spyridon.htmhttp://saintjohnwonderworker.org/visitors_book_2008.htmhttp://www.pigizois.net/latreia/paraklitikoi_kanones/m_e_f_karditsas_ag_minas/agglika/thaumata_ag_mina.htmhttp://full-of-grace-and-truth.blogspot.com/2009/10/miracles-of-st-demetrios-myrrh-streamer.html
Eastern Orthodox Christianity has most miracles and most powerful ones being the right way. Other religions have miracles too. To say there are no miracles outside Eastern orthodox Christianity is to say there were no miracles in Old Testament which is no right. Jesus name drives away sick angels for every man of every confession. However let not forget, the means are to get baptized so you can get into Heaven and to get food for eternal life, Holy Communion , that you can find in Eastern orthodox Church.
Anything interesting that people should know?
Well, people dying after having Holy Communion may go straight to heaven having God in themselves. Same thing with people dying on bright week since skies are open. Also this book http://www.pseudepigrapha.com/apocrypha_nt/histjoe.htm
says on point 26 that whomever writes it will have the book of the sins erased and many other good things, as a gift of Jesus in honour of his Father Joseph. Also I read that by having a candle burning in front of an icon for one day you have one day in Heaven.
The orthodox Christian came to the wise man and said:
I teach my children in a good school.
The wise man wrote an 0.
Orthodox Christian said: I send my children to the best sports and I train them to be healthy:
The wise man put another 0 in front of it.
Orthodox Christian said: I teach my children to work hard.
The wise man put another 0 .
Orthodox Christian said: I teach my children to avoid stealing.
The wise man put another 0.
Orthodox Christian said: I teach my children to stop being lazy.
The wise man put another 0.
The Orthodox Christian man said: I give my children baptism for entering Heaven and food for eternal life.
The wise man smiled and put an 1 in front of so many 0's. He said: Without life and entrance to heaven, these qualities are 0's. Only by having eternal life and by entering the Heaven , children will be able to enjoy the qualities you are looking for.
Other interesting books:http://www.scribd.com/doc/16409335/Evadarea-Din-Iad
- in romanian languagehttp://www.scribd.com/doc/24991031/Sf-Nicolae-Velimirovici-Razboiul-Si-Biblia2
– in romanian language, The war and the Biblehttp://www.scribd.com/doc/28785019/Parintele-Arsenie-Boca-Marturii
Arsenie Boca Memories – romanian languagehttp://www.crestinortodox.ro/carti-ortodoxe/ne-vorbeste-parintele-cleopa/o-istorioara-cu-femeile-care-fac-avorturi-81167.html
romanian Cleopa stories book. Abortion can be forgiven to confession at an Orthodox Priesthttp://www.sacred-texts.com/chr/bct/index.htmhttp://www.pseudepigrapha.com/apocrypha_nt/histjoe.htmhttp://www.pseudepigrapha.com/apocrypha_nt/narjoe.htmhttp://www.pseudepigrapha.com/apocrypha_nt/reptpilt.htmhttp://www.pseudepigrapha.com/LostBooks/theGospelOfTheNativityOfMary.htmhttp://www.pseudepigrapha.com/LostBooks/infancyall.htmhttp://www.pseudepigrapha.com/LostBooks/nicodemus.htmhttp://www.pseudepigrapha.com/LostBooks/lettersJesusAbgarus.htmhttp://www.pseudepigrapha.com/pseudepigrapha/adamnev.htmhttp://www.pseudepigrapha.com/pseudepigrapha/enoch.htmhttp://lds.org/scriptures/pgp/abr?lang=enghttp://lds.org/scriptures/pgp/abr?lang=enghttp://www.pseudepigrapha.com/pseudepigrapha/1007.htmhttp://www.crestinortodox.ro/carti-ortodoxe/marii-initiati-indiei-parintele-paisie/
The souls departs from body, where is he going?http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AyBDs8JpEa8
Where you can get not being baptized, in old Greek pagan religion:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iv-VlJnDvuw
Where you can get after being baptized:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cxU3LDDMeaM&feature=related
How to pray in Church. Praying in an Eastern Orthodox Church and listening to sermon is second importance, the most important is to partake FOOD FOR ETERNAL LIFE, Holy Communion that comes from us for 2000 years. Even so, praying is important too so how to pray?
Because the movie is in Romanian and Russian the plot is this. An elder asks God why God does not respond to people prayers, since they go to Church and pray? God sends an angel and the angel takes him in Church and he can hear prayers but nothing is heard. Then angel discovers the thoughts of everybody. One young lady is commenting why other lady has a new hat. One young man is wondering if he should buy the Lexus. Another young man is wondering why a young girl has a ring on her finger and a woman is upset that his husband is looking to soccer too much. So basically nobody is praying. In the end a small girl in the Church full of people is praying for her father to come out of alcoholism. So, one Church, many people, one prayer from the people.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-DiIpBQQpGc
The Icon of Holy Mother of God blinking:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CTrojZJmk18http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uV6eQLLjwS4http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mcFHVhhwgq8http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3JGUJ9AgKAQhttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B8C_8bI_t4Ahttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=72yJhlMjFBo