Bar, Montenegro, October 7, 2019
An icon of the Most Holy Theotokos is streaming myrrh at the Church of St. Jovan Vladimir in Bar, Montenegro, reports Serbian Unity.
The outlet spoke with a Serbian theologian who emphasized the need to reflect upon ourselves and our sins when icons begin to stream myrrh.
“The Virgin, the Mother of Christ, is the mother of all men. She has a universal maternal and protective relationship with all people. That is why the most powerful prayers are directed to her. Every prayer to the Theotokos goes directly before the Lord Jesus Christ. When an icon of the Mother of God is streaming myrrh, the message is clear: We should think as individuals and as a collective over what we do or what seems to be on our behalf, while we still have time,” he stated.
In this vein, Serbian Unity recalls that a gay pride parade was held in the capital of Montenegro, Podgorica, on September 21, the feast of the Nativity of the Most Holy Theotokos, while the country was shaken by earthquakes at the same time.
“Here in Montenegro, there has long been no light. The darkness is in us and in the darkness we are reproached, but with grace, we have looked at the Mother of God, presumably telling us that it is difficult to watch all that is being done, is happening and is just being prepared in Montenegro,” the Serbian Unity report reads.
As OrthoChristian has reported, the Serbian Orthodox Church is persecuted by the state in Montenegro, with the authorities refusing visas to monastics and clergy and attempting to destroy churches and other holy sites, and even to confiscate them and give them to the schismatic “Montenegrin Orthodox Church.”
These recent measures are part of President Milo Đukanović’s ambitions to acquire a recognized autocephaly status for the miniscule “Montenegrin Church,” in the same vein as President Poroshenko did for the Ukrainian schismatics.
In May, video of a myrrh-streaming icon of St. Michael at a Serbian monastery in Croatia appeared online.