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They're baaack: The Holy Snakes of the Virgin Mary
« on: August 07, 2013, 05:05:09 PM »

"The snakes of the Panagia have appeared in Arginia!

Today, Tuesday August 6th, a Supplication Service was conducted by Archimandrite Fr. Gerasimos Phokas, during which the first snake appeared.

From today until the 15th of August other snakes will emerge. You can visit the village and see them up close!

When the snakes come out, it is considered good luck for Kefalonia. The two years they didn't emerge, in 1940 and 1953, the island suffered war and earthquakes."
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To view the article with video of the snakes, click on the link provided.

http://www.johnsanidopoulos.com/2013/08/a-snake-of-panagia-has-appeared-in.html

I've never been quite sure what to think about these slithering messengers, but I definitely believe it's possible that it's a miracle.  Apparently they come around once a year for the Theotokos.  Whatever your thoughts are, it's pretty cool.  Of course, I grew up in the woods catching snakes of all kinds so this kinda stuff brings out my inner child.

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Re: They're baaack: The Holy Snakes of the Virgin Mary
« Reply #1 on: August 07, 2013, 05:07:05 PM »
One day (read: year) I want to be there for them. ;D
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Re: They're baaack: The Holy Snakes of the Virgin Mary
« Reply #2 on: August 07, 2013, 05:13:28 PM »
I am afraid of snakes.
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Re: They're baaack: The Holy Snakes of the Virgin Mary
« Reply #3 on: August 07, 2013, 05:18:50 PM »
It's interesting hey don't bite and are harmless. It is odd they come out on the feast day of all days.
Don't they come out at all on other days?

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Re: They're baaack: The Holy Snakes of the Virgin Mary
« Reply #4 on: August 07, 2013, 05:51:55 PM »

Well...it seems the snakes are following the "new" calendar.  ;)
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Re: They're baaack: The Holy Snakes of the Virgin Mary
« Reply #5 on: August 07, 2013, 06:06:15 PM »
I am afraid of snakes.

 As a professional armchair herpatologist, I can say with a certain amount of gravitas that snakes are usually way more afraid of us than we are of them.  Plus, these little ones are too busy venerating the Holy Theotokos' icons.
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Re: They're baaack: The Holy Snakes of the Virgin Mary
« Reply #6 on: August 07, 2013, 06:33:50 PM »
It's interesting hey don't bite and are harmless. It is odd they come out on the feast day of all days.
Don't they come out at all on other days?

I've heard they can't even be found except near the feast. They're very gentle creatures.
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Re: They're baaack: The Holy Snakes of the Virgin Mary
« Reply #7 on: August 07, 2013, 06:38:32 PM »

Well...it seems the snakes are following the "new" calendar.  ;)


Well, the Holy Fire in Jerusalem at Pascha (Old Calendar) is more awesome than snakes.
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Re: They're baaack: The Holy Snakes of the Virgin Mary
« Reply #8 on: August 07, 2013, 06:52:56 PM »

Well...it seems the snakes are following the "new" calendar.  ;)


Well, the Holy Fire in Jerusalem at Pascha (Old Calendar) is more awesome than snakes.

I don't think it's possible to say the snakes follow one calendar or the other, given they appear before and after the feast, apparently.
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Re: They're baaack: The Holy Snakes of the Virgin Mary
« Reply #9 on: August 07, 2013, 06:53:34 PM »
One day (read: year) I want to be there for them. ;D

Spider and snake. An interesting combination.  ;) :D
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Re: They're baaack: The Holy Snakes of the Virgin Mary
« Reply #10 on: August 07, 2013, 06:55:46 PM »

Well...it seems the snakes are following the "new" calendar.  ;)


Well, the Holy Fire in Jerusalem at Pascha (Old Calendar) is more awesome than snakes.

Ahem. Pascha is a movable feast, celebrated at the same time by all Orthodox, whether they use the new or the old calendar. (and yes, I know about Finland...)
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Re: They're baaack: The Holy Snakes of the Virgin Mary
« Reply #11 on: August 07, 2013, 07:15:54 PM »

Well...it seems the snakes are following the "new" calendar.  ;)


It is Satan's calendar, after all.  Or did you think that Pope Gregory was actually a heterodox Christian?  ;)
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Re: They're baaack: The Holy Snakes of the Virgin Mary
« Reply #12 on: August 07, 2013, 07:17:24 PM »
Well...it seems the snakes are following the "new" calendar.  ;)
The new calendar was an adjustment to make up for lost time. The Old Calendar was off astronomically, so over time the calendar date would be in a different part of the actual solar year. The new calendar keeps the days lined up at the same part of the actual solar year.

I understand that the Old Calendar was the one used in early Roman times, so I can understand the advocates of that old calendar. On the other hand, with the new calendar or "Revised Julian" one, the date of the movable feasts follow along with the moon, so the new and old calendars line up for those dates.

I am open minded on the calendar issue, my point is that with the new calendar the date lines up with the actual part of the year from early Byzantine times.