Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Our Lady of Soufanieh

I came across this story and the news of this visionary recently online and was so impressed! I think God blesses the Church with all of these outpourings of the Spirit for a reason. I pray we are paying attention and renewing our faith and transforming our lives! This comes from the Soufanieh page:

Since November 1982, a simple home in the Christian neighborhood of Soufanieh in Damascus, Syria, has been the centre of a series of remarkable supernatural phenomena, which continue happening to this day.

On November 22, 1982, Mary Kourbet Al-Akhras, known as Myrna, was praying at the bedside of her sister-in-law Layla, who was seriously ill. An Orthodox and a Moslem woman were praying along with her.
Suddenly Myrna felt that her body was shivering as if some force was coming out from inside her. The Moslem woman, Mayada Kowzaly, then noticed a strange light radiating from Myrna's hands, and a moment after, an oily substance, which seemed to flow right out of her skin. Mayada shouted at her to look at her hands. But Myrna was utterly confused and couldn't comprehend what was happening or what to do. Mayada then quickly told her to put her hands on her sister-in-law. And to everyone's amazement and joy, the sick woman instantly felt better and after a while her illness miraculously disappeared altogether.

In the evening Myrna was picked up by her husband, Nicolas. The women excitedly told him what had happened, but Nicolas was rather skeptical and didn't really know what to make of it. The phenomenon occurred again on November 25 and Myrna's mother was cured in the same manner.

On November 27, 1982, a three-inch tall picture of the Virgin Mary and Christ Child in a cheap plastic frame began exuding oil. It flowed out from the bottom of the image and onto the floor next to Nicolas and Myrna's bed. When oil also began appearing on Myrna's hands, Nicholas decided to call all his relatives to come and witness what was happening.

Everyone came and they all began praying together. Within the first hour, four large dishes full of oil extruded from the Icon. Suddenly all sound began to disappear, like a vacuum, from Myrna's ears and soon she could hear nothing at all. She then heard a woman's soft voice, as if it came from inside a seashell, saying: "Do not be frightened. I am with you. Open the doors and do not deprive anyone from seeing me. Light a candle for me".


Sobornost News said...

We met Myrna Nazzour while on an ecumenical pilgrimage through the Middle East in 2005. I distinctly remember being overcome by a powerful waft of incense (it was a miracle to me) as she passed by when she entered the room. Jesus gave her some interior locutions about the importance of unity; among other things.

Link to picture of Myrna who visited up while we were passing through Damascus.

Beautiful post to start off Christian Unity Week!

Your brother in Christ,


dianonymous said...

We have the book about Myrna and the apparitions, as well as a copy of the miraculous icon. Our Lady of Soufanieh is very precious to us!

Mary Ann said...

I'm the one who posted The Miracle of Damascus on You Tube, channel Button36. I noticed you posted only Part 1. There is an embeddable player that will play all of it.

It won't allow me to post the code in this comment, so go to my You Tube channel, click on the title, The Miracle of Damascus, under the playlists, then look to your right. You'll see code for "embeddable player." Just copy and paste that code into your blog. The player will play all of it in order.

And thank you so much for passing on the word about Myrna and supporting unity amongst Christians. God bless you!

Mary Ann Button