Withered lilies bloom near a wonderworking icon of the Mother of God

Mukacheve, Ukraine, June 5, 2017


By the feast of Pentecost withered lilies began to blossom at an Orthodox church in the Ukraine’s Transcarpathia region, reports the Komsomolskaya Pravda newspaper in Ukraine.

This miracle has been observed already for the sixth year. It first occurred six years ago at a church of the Krasnogorsky (“of red hill”) Monastery near Mukacheve in the Transkarpatya region. It was the first year when during the Paschal celebration lilies were placed inside the icon case of the “Joy of All Who Sorrow” icon of Holy Theotokos (the church is dedicated in honor of this icon). Approximately a month later, on the feast of Pentecost, the flowers (which had been absolutely withered) blossomed in a wonderful white color and filled the temple with their fragrance.

According to abbot of Krasnogorsky Monastery Archimandrite Hilary, the idea of placing the flowers inside the icon case belonged to the parishioners who had seen a report of a similar miracle in the Kulevcha village of the Odessa region on TV. And on Trinity Sunday both the clergy and believers witnessed the blossoming of the dried lilies in Mukacheve. They are cut flowers without water or earth. The Akathist to the All-Holy Virgin is served at the church daily.

Both the lilies and the “Joy of All Who Sorrow” icon heal various diseases. Every year old dried-up flowers are replaced at the Paschal period with fresh cut ones from the monastery’s kitchen-garden. Withered flowers are distributed to the faithful. There are numerous cases of miracles at the church.

According to Archimandrite Hilary, a woman with eczema covering her entire body was healed after taking bath with an infusion of the miraculous lilies. The same icon along with the lilies help childless couples conceive, help young women seeking husbands, along with many other miracles.

This phenomenon is rare; it is known to happen in Mukacheve, Kulevcha, and on the Greek island of Cephalonia. Many priests have tried to make shriveled lilies bloom again near various icons, but the miracle does not occur at will. In the Transcarpathia region they decided not to experiment but to observe the established tradition and replace lilies once a year. Fresh stalks were placed inside the icon case during Paschal celebrations. They withered, but shortly before Pentecost large buds appeared, and they are just about to bloom into glorious white flowers.

Moreover, it is no coincidence that the “Joy of All Who Sorrow” icon appeared at this church. When this temple was being built eleven years ago, Father Vasily Yermakov from St. Petersburg (who at that time was staying in the Trancarpathia region) was passing by this church. He kept the original icon of this kind at his church. He learned that the church under construction was to be dedicated in honor of the “Joy of All Who Sorrow” icon and returned in the following year to give it a copy of this icon.

People at Krasnogorsky Monastery believe this blossoming to be a miracle, although they are unable to explain the phenomenon.

“The parishioners don’t need it [an explanation]. Anyone can come and see it with his own eyes and he will be convinced. That is enough,” the monastery’s abbot notes.



Patricia A.12/27/2021 4:44 am
Re: “Withered Lilies Bloom Near a Wonderworking Icon of The Mother of God.” (2017, June 5). Pravoslavie.ru. Retrieved from http://www.orthochristian.com/104062.html Dear orthochristian webmaster: I have written a book about faith that will be published in the United States to be sold commercially on demand in book or maybe e-book form. I would like to include the information shown below that was found in the reference above that I have paraphrased. It will be put in the chapter about Miracles. The title and link to the article will be referenced. In order to be able to use the information, I believe I will need permission either from Komsomolskaya Pravada newspaper who published the article and I do not know how to contact them. Or maybe I just need approval from Pravoslavie, ru Any help you can give me on this matter would be appreciated. This is a very special miracle that I want people to know about. I am writing to request permission, and I hope the one who has the rights to do so can give me approval. It will be greatly appreciated. Below is what I would like to include: On June 5, 2017 Komosomolskaya Pravada newspaper reported news about a miracle that was also reported in the Russian Orthodox website, Pravoslavie, ru on June 6, 2017, and its English translation was posted by orthochristian.com. The article states that around 2011, parishioners at an Orthodox church at the Krasnogorsky Monastery near Mukacheve in Ukraine started following a practice they had seen being done at the village of Kuleycha. They place lilies without water inside the case of the Holy Theotokos icon, “Joy of all Who Sorrow.” A month later just before Pentecost, the lilies bud. At Pentecost annually, the withered lilies not only bloom but also are very fragrant. Priests have tried to get the withered flowers to bloom in front of other icons, but have not been successful. Botanists confirm that stems that dry will not bud. Varied miracles have been reported to those that have prayed and have venerated the icon with the lilies (“Withered,”2017).
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