Mukachevo, Ukraine, June 10, 2019
A miraculous tradition has taken root at the All Saints-Krasnogorsk Monastery in the Mukachevo Diocese of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church over the past several years.
Photo: m-church.org.ua Every year since 2012, dry lilies placed under the glass of the Mother of God “Joy of All Who Sorrow Icon” in the All Saints Church have miraculously bloomed in time for the feast of Pentecost. The press service of the Mukachevo Diocese reported on the miracle this year on June 7.
According to the monastery’s tradition, a moleben is served before the “Joy of All Who Sorrow” icon on the fifth day of Pascha, the feast of the Lifegiving Spring. The flowers from the previous year are removed from the icon’s kiot and distributed to the faithful, and fresh lilies, sprinkled with Holy Water, are placed under the glass. An akathist is served to the Theotokos daily in the church.
Many of the faithful make a tea out of the flowers and have related stories of miraculous help from the Theotokos.
The flowers eventually dry out, but in the post-Paschal period, closer to the feast of Pentecost, 50 days after Holy Pascha, they miraculously bloom again.
“There is no water, no dirt here. But there are our prayers,” explained the abbot Archimandrite Hilary (Gavrilets).
Lilies blooming on the Kazan Icon in Kulevchi. Photo: logoslovo.ru The flowers were first put under the glass of the “Joy of All Who Sorrow” icon in 2012 at the request of parishioners who had heard about a similar miracle in the village of Kulevchi in the Odessa Province. There, in the Church of St. Nicholas, lilies are placed on the Kazan Icon of the Mother of God, also on the fifth day of Pascha. Over time, the lower ends of the cut stems dry up, but the upper ends continue to grow, wrapping around the face of the Mother of God like a halo, releasing buds that bloom on the feast of Pentecost.
After that, new white tubers sprout on the bottom ends of the dry stems, and from them—green leaves that do not wither for a whole year until the following Pascha. The flowers are then distributed to the faithful.
Below is a news report on the Krasnogorsk miracle from 2017:
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