Village saved from fire after procession with relics of St. John the Russian (+VIDEOS)

Prokopi, Greece, August 9, 2021

The relics of St. John the Russian The relics of St. John the Russian While fires have been destructively raging across the Greek island of Evia for a week now and many have been forced to evacuate, the people have also experienced a number of miracles.

As OrthoChristian reported last week, the fire turned away from St. David of Evia Monastery at the last minute. The abbot and brotherhood attribute it to the prayerful intercession of their patron St. David and St. Iakovos of Evia.

The relics of St. John the Russian (+1730) also repose in the village of Prokopi on the island of Evia. Though the residents were initially planning to evacuate to escape the fires, they instead resolved to turn to the Lord in prayer and to ask the intercessions of their beloved St. John.

All the inhabitants of Prokopi participated in a procession with the saint’s relics, calling upon him to halt the deadly flames.

A number of Greek outlets, including Vima Orthodoxias, report that the prayers of the people were heard, and just a few hours later, in the early morning hours of August 7, a torrential downpour began, keeping the village of Prokopi safe.

As a sign of gratitude, Metropolitan Chrysostomos of Chalkida traveled to the church where St. John’s relics are kept to serve Orthros and the Divine Liturgy. In his homily, he emphasized the Metropolitan emphasized that by his miraculous intercession, St. John showed that he supports the people in their ordeal and will continue to support them in their new beginning, after the end of the fiery ordeal.

Another procession was held with the saint’s relics following the Divine Liturgy, that the Lord might bring a stop to the deadly fires:

As for St. David of Evia Monastery, all the churches remain intact, although it seemed they were practically engulfed in flames and everyone assumed they would be destroyed.

News has also spread of the chapel of the Holy Trinity at Limni Marathonos, Greece, which survived the flames, while everything around it was destroyed:

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Diana Noonen8/10/2021 5:06 am
Praise God. God is with us. He loves us and protects us. We have to be always prepared everyday to seek His will in our lives. Blessings to all and continued protection from these fires and other dangers. Amen.
Panagiotis8/9/2021 7:50 pm
This is great news. The people turned to Jesus, the Panagia, the Holy Saints, and to the Holy Orthodox Church and begged God for help and He helped them... Thank God for his Mercy...All Glory to God... There is a GoFundMe page that is raising money for the victims of this fire and I believe over a thousand people have already contributed ... in my opinion we have to help each other just like the other groups help their own kind...
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