Christmas Miracles and Life Changing Advice

Christmas Miracles and Life Changing Advice

December 10, 2020

christian christmas market

The Sisters of Saint Elisabeth Convent see bringing the joy of Christmas to people as their mission. This is why, every single year, when the Nativity season begins, they travel all around the world to participate in various Christmas markets. Unfortunately, this year it is not possible due to Covid travel restrictions.*

At the markets, our Sisters meet many new people, speak with them, offer them advice, share with them the Orthodox faith, and even sing Christmas Carols! Every Sister who has ever been at one of those markets has at least one story about a miracle that she’s experienced.

This is exactly why we decided to write a series of articles about those miracles for you to read this Christmas season!

The first miracle story of the series comes from Sister Larissa, who has participated at a Christmas Market of Luxembourg a few years in a row. She told us a particularly heartwarming story of a miracle that happened right in front of her eyes.

Here is Sister Larissa’s Christmas miracle story:

“This miracle happened at a Christmas market in Luxembourg. We were presenting a big selection of icons, crucifixes, holy oils and other things at our chalet. One day a woman came by. She asked for advice. Her mother was sick with cancer, she had to get surgery soon. The woman was depressed.

I talked to her and told her that the spirit needs to pray while the body is being treated by doctors. I advised her to get the icon of the Mother of God called Panagia Pantanassa as well as some holy oil. I told her to pray and to attend church services. The woman listened to us, got the icon and left. We always have a lot of people asking for advice just like she did, so we didn’t think much of it.

One year later, we came back to the same market. The woman came by and said, “I don’t think you remember me, but I visited your chalet last year when my mother was very sick. You advised me to get an icon and to read an akathist to the Mother of God. Thank you very much for your advice, it helped tremendously! I started to go to church, to confess, and receive Holy Communion. I pray regularly now. I read the akathist every day together with my mother. And the most important thing is that my mother had surgery, and she doesn’t have cancer anymore!”

icon mother of god the pantanassaA painted Pantanassa (Queen of All) icon of the Mother of God

We were so happy to hear that! 5 minutes after the woman left, one of our sisters went to check our donation box and found 1,000 euros inside. We started to tear up when we realised that the woman donated that much money to our Convent’s ministries out of gratitude for the advice that we gave her.“

This is how simple advice can change people’s lives for the better, make them truly find God and start following Christ.

We hope that this story inspires you to take time to go deeper into your Christian faith this Christmas season. It is the perfect season to spend more time with God, pray more and try to be more kind and loving to your neighbor, spreading the joy of Christmas with everyone around you.

Christmas is all about the great joy of our Saviour Jesus Christ being born. This hymn, which the Orthodox sing on the Christmas day, explains the meaning of Nativity:

Today, the Virgin gives birth to the Transcendent One, and the earth offers a cave to the Unapproachable One!

Angels with shepherds glorify Him! The wise men journey with a star! Since for our sake, the Eternal God was born as a Little Child!

(Troparion of the Nativity)

*PS - You can visit our Christmas market online by clicking on this link. 

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Anne-Marie Pauchard

1 month ago
Right now I need stories like this. I have severe pain in my lower back and right leg and the medicalcenter do not so far know what is wtong. Thank You! And what is the Akathist of the mother of God?
Please make sure you get an MRI done ASAP (very important), as it can be something more severe than normal nerve pain due to disks etc (such as skeletal cancer). Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on Anne-Marie Pauchard.

Regarding the Akathist, please see:
https://pomog.org/akathist-to-the-most-holy-theotokos-en/
https://orthodoxwiki.org/Akathist

In Christ,
Niklas
Jump to comment! NiklasReply to Anne-Marie: Please make sure you get an MRI done ASAP (very important), as it can be something more severe than normal nerve pain due to disks etc (such as skeletal cancer). Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on Anne-Marie Pauchard.

Regarding the Akathist, please see:
https://pomog.org/akathist-to-the-most-holy-theotokos-en/
https://orthodoxwiki.org/Akathist

In Christ,
Niklas
Jump to comment! Anne-Marie PauchardRight now I need stories like this. I have severe pain in my lower back and right leg and the medicalcenter do not so far know what is wtong. Thank You! And what is the Akathist of the mother of God?

Please see my reply below
That miracle story is one I will share with my 7 yr old granddaughter, whose parents don’t attend church. When recently I told her Bible story, , she asked me why there are no modern day miracles.
I can share a miracle that took place in my life. I was diagnosed with cancer. It was the 29th visit to the cancer center and they had to tell me they accept me as a patient on that day.
When waiting for my turn to enter the room, I saw a chapel. They were serving an akathist there. After it the priest saud they brought holy oil from Zalit (an island in Russia where a spiritual father of St Elisabeth Convent - Nicholay Guryanov lived). The priest blessed me with the oil and when I entered the room with the doctors, they said I had no cancer. And they were right. Glory to God!
I really happy to hear this kind of things Thanks GOD
and I wish you all the best to you St Elisabeth Convent and to all Orthodox
merry Christmas
thanks for this miracle story
2021 is we need change from God
I can't find words to say just I am happy God will be Visit my life by your prayer

Sr. Anastasia

1 month ago
Jump to comment! Anne-Marie PauchardRight now I need stories like this. I have severe pain in my lower back and right leg and the medicalcenter do not so far know what is wtong. Thank You! And what is the Akathist of the mother of God?
Dear Anne-Marie, thank you very much for your comment. We will pray for you. In your turn support yourself with a prayer as well. We have a tradition to read Akathist for 40 days (every day). You can do so, or as much as you can. Sr. Larissa was speaking about Akathist to the icon of the Mother of God Pantanassa. You can also follow the link that Niklas sent for you. God bless you.

Sr. Anastasia

1 month ago
Jump to comment! KimThat miracle story is one I will share with my 7 yr old granddaughter, whose parents don’t attend church. When recently I told her Bible story, , she asked me why there are no modern day miracles.
Yes, dear Kim, there are lots of every day miracles and no coincidences when we live in Christ. Do educate your granddaughter giving her religious basis, it will save her life. One day she may lead her parents into the church. May God grant!

Sr. Anastasia

1 month ago
Jump to comment! MarynaI can share a miracle that took place in my life. I was diagnosed with cancer. It was the 29th visit to the cancer center and they had to tell me they accept me as a patient on that day.
When waiting for my turn to enter the room, I saw a chapel. They were serving an akathist there. After it the priest saud they brought holy oil from Zalit (an island in Russia where a spiritual father of St Elisabeth Convent - Nicholay Guryanov lived). The priest blessed me with the oil and when I entered the room with the doctors, they said I had no cancer. And they were right. Glory to God!
Dear Maryna, it is a true miracle! God is so good to give us all righteous men who are praying for us. We should never forget such help by the grace of God. We will include you in our Liturgical commemoration.

Sr. Anastasia

1 month ago
Jump to comment! zewdiI really happy to hear this kind of things Thanks GOD
and I wish you all the best to you St Elisabeth Convent and to all Orthodox
merry Christmas
thanks for this miracle story
2021 is we need change from God
I can't find words to say just I am happy God will be Visit my life by your prayer
Dear Zewdi, we are happy to pray for you. We will keep up the way to uplift people's spirits. We do need to change the way we live and come to God. May it come true.
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