TODAY is the Feast of St Thomas the Apostle, who gave us assurance of the resurrection of Jesus.
I KNOW that my Redeemer liveth, and that he shall stand at the latter day upon the earth. And though worms destroy this body, yet in my flesh shall I see God. (Job 19:25-26)
For now is Christ risen from the dead, the first fruits of them that sleep. (1 Corinthians 15:20)
THROUGH self-control the Martyrs of Christ put to death the assaults and movements of the passions; they received grace to chase diseases from the sick, they live on even after their end to do wonders. Truly a strange wonder! For bare bones have blossomed with healings. Glory to our only God.
GLORY be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit.
Now and for ever, and to the ages of ages.
Vespers, Saturday, Plagal of the Fourth Tone. Source.
The Flowers of St. John the Theologian – Marmaketos, Lasthiou, Crete
EVERY year, the people of the small village of Marmaketos in Crete (50 inhabitants), gather local wild flowers to decorate the Epitaphio of Christ on Holy Friday. On Holy Saturday, they gather the flowers and hang them throughout the church on string, where they dry out.
On May 8th, the feast of St. John the Theologian, during the reading of the Gospel in the Divine Liturgy, these dead flowers miraculously show new flowers and green shoots. They are gathered by the people and placed near their icons for a time of need. When someone is sick, the weather is troublesome, etc., they place these flowers in the censer instead of incense and this works many miracles.
This happens every year as a testament to Christ’s Resurrection and the grace of Christ’s Beloved Disciple. The following link shows two (Greek) video clips of the villagers explaining the miracle, recording of the service, and showing the miraculous flowers after the service: http://apantaortodoxias.blogspot.com/2009/05/blog-post_17.html.
From Full Of Grace And Truth.