Montenegro, January 31, 2020
An icon of St. Stephen of Piperi reportedly began weeping on January 28 in a church of the Montenegrin Metropolis of the Serbian Orthodox Church.
The editorial office of the site Serbian Unification reports that it received a video of the icon from Orthodox monks, showing tears flowing from the eyes of St. Stephen on the icon. The miracle began the day after the celebration of St. Sava, the most beloved saint of the Serbian Orthodox Church.
The phenomenon is interpreted as a warning to the faithful of Montenegro to save themselves from sin and disobedience to God.
Serbian Unification writes that they obtained a blessing to inform the faithful about the miracle that “those who have hearts and eyes will believe and repent.”
St. Stephen of Piperi was born into the Nikšić clan in the village of Kuti in Župa of poor but devout parents, Radoje and Jaćima Krulanović. According to tradition, he first lived a life of asceticism in the Morača Monastery where he was abbot. The Turks drove him out of Morača and he settled in Rovacki, Turmanj in the place today known as Celište. In 1660 he settled in Piperi in a cell where he remained in labor and asceticism until his death. He died peacefully on May 20, 1697. His relics still repose there and are believed to produce miracles. His feast day is celebrated on the anniversary of his repose, on May 20.