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Modern Miracles of St. Marina

July 17, 2010

The Miraculous Icon of Saint Marina in Andros

The Miracle of Saint Marina for Andreas Vassiliou of Cyprus

In October of 2000, a family from Limasol, Cyprus, named Vassiliou received the following miracle.

In Greece they are well known from the televised requests they made in order to find a donor for their young boy Andreas, who suffered from leukaemia. The donor was indeed found and the parents began preparing for their trip to Houston, Texas in the U.S.A where the bone marrow transplant was going to be performed. Meanwhile, they also prayed and begged Jesus Christ to save their boy.

Before they left for the U.S.A the parents heard of St. Marina’s miracles and they called the monastery of St. Marina located on the island of Andros in Greece to ask for her blessing. The Elder of the monastery, Archimandrite Fr. Cyprianos, promised that he would pray to St. Marina. He also wished the parents for St. Marina to be with Andreas in the operating room, to help him. With Elder Cyprianos’ blessing and with strong faith that St. Marina would help indeed, the Vassiliou family went to the U.S.A.

After the necessary pre-operation tests that Andrea had to undergo, he was taken to the operating room. A short time before the operation was to begin, a woman came to see the surgeon who would be operating on Andreas. She said that she was Andreas’ doctor and asked to be allowed to observe the operation. The conversation that ensued proved that the woman was indeed a doctor. However, the surgeon replied that ‘outside’ doctors were not permitted to be present in the operating room and that his medical teams’ policy was that no doctor other than those on the team be involved in such delicate operations. The persistence of the woman however, convinced the surgeon to allow her in the operating room. But before, he asked her to leave her coordinates [presumably, credentials] at the administration desk. The unknown doctor did as told and then entered the operating room with the surgeon. During the operation, she gave several directions regarding the progress of the procedure. The operation went well and in the end the surgeon thanked the woman and exited the operating room.

Andreas’ parents immediately went to inquire about the outcome of the surgery and the surgeon replied that all had gone very well, adding that he could not understand why they had brought Andreas to him when they had such a fine doctor. The parents were surprised and responded that they had not brought any doctor with them. The surgeon insisted, however. He also told them that when he came out of the operating room Andreas’ doctor had remained there for a little longer with the rest of the operating team and therefore, she would probably still be around. He recommended that they look for her. The search, however, proved pointless, as the “woman doctor” was nowhere around. The Vassiliou couple then concluded that it must have been a doctor from Greece or Cyprus who had decided to travel to the U.S.A and contribute to the delicate operation. They expressed the wish to know who she was so that they may be able to thank her, and at the surgeon’s recommendation they then went to the administration desk to ask for her coordinates.

It was with utter surprise that they read that the unknown woman had signed with the name “Marina from Andros”. Tears of gratefulness and joy filled their eyes as they recalled that the Elder at the monastery had said to them that he wished Andreas to have St. Marina in the operating room to help him. Andreas’ parents shared with the media their joy both for the successful operation and Andreas’ recovered health and for the miracle they received. The Vassiliou family made the vow that the entire family will be present at the saint’s monastery every year on the saint’s feast day (July 17) and Elder Cyprianos reports that the family has been making the annual trip from Limassol to Andros every summer to thank Saint Marina for saving Andreas.

Miracles performed by the Saints have never ceased to take place in the Orthodox Church. With these miracles, may our Lord Jesus Christ help us build our faith.

12 year old Andreas who was healed of leukaemia by St. Marina

Greek video of TV news report – telling the story [in Greek]

Download Service of Supplication to St. Marina

4 Comments leave one →
  1. Per Johansson permalink
    July 18, 2010 3:56 pm

    Dear friends, thanks for this story about the active saint Marina. She is also one of my favorite saints. I belong to the Coptic orthodox church in Sweden, and we honor St Marina. I also hope and pray for unity between the Oriental orthodox and Eastern orthodox churches. As you may know, we do not consider ourselves “monophysites”, but miaphysites, believing in the One Nature of Jesus Christ, the Incarnate Logos. His Divinity and His Humanity cannot be separated.
    With cordial greetings. Pray for me.
    Per Johansson, psaltos in the Coptic orthodox church in Sweden.

    • July 18, 2010 5:14 pm

      It is lovely that you also honour St. Marina.
      It is our understanding that the Coptic Church still rejects the Fourth Ecumenical Council at Chalcedon. While we share many practices, such as the veneration of saints, and have a great emphasis on monastic spirituality, and even a common heritage till the middle of the 5th century- we do not appear to share the exact same beliefs. The Ecumenical Council at Chalcedon clearly states that Christ has two natures, unconfused, unchangeabe, indivisibe, inseparable, “ἐν δύο φύσεσιν ἀσυγχύτως, ἀτρέπτως, ἀδιαιρέτως, ἀχωρίστως”.
      Chalcedonian Creed
      May St. Marina and all the saints protect you and keep you for many years to come.

  2. Per Johansson permalink
    July 20, 2010 11:58 am

    Thanks for your kind answer. Please, excuse me, but I want to give a little clarification on the nature(s) of Christ.
    As we believe, after the conception, His two natures was united into one Divine-human nature. I am not learned in Greek language, but maybe the partion of the Church at Chalcedon was due to semantic misundertandings. Pray for me.

  3. Michael Frederick Welch permalink
    November 24, 2012 3:39 am

    At the 11h hour, Saint Marina sent help to me, and it was a miracle. I am suffering from Diabetes and was forced to move. Not knowing how I could accomplish this in the day I had to leave, out of NOWHERE came help, and I knew immediately, my prayers had been answered. Give thanks to God, and Saints be praised

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