Monday, April 17, 2006

A ray of Hope amidst the darkness an eyewitness account of the Apparition in Assuit earlier this month

I did a post earlier this month about an apparition in Asuit (link). This is a follow up.

Here is the site (link).

May the Mother of God and her most perfect Son smile upon Egypt and the Coptic people.

I'll repost the story here in case the link goes down:

Events started during a mass on Wednesday 29 March that usually starts at 12:00 noon and ends at 3:00. There were two priests praying at that time, Abouna Boulos and Abouna Tadros. One of the pictures hung on the wall inside the altar which shows St Mary with a dove above her and surrounded with the disciples, started to illuminate. The dove started to illuminate first, then the light from the dove started to flow down and spread on the heads of the disciples. Next, the light spreads to the adjacent picture of Christ during the last supper. Then the light spreads to other pictures in the altar. The timing of this occurrence coincided with the mass prayer for the descending of the Holy Spirit (I think just prior to saying "we worship your holy body>...")

But what all congregation witnessed in the mass, is the moment when the priest after the confession prayer, raised the tray with the holy body in it. A glorious shining light covers the whole tray. Abouna Tadros, the other priest serving in the mass, is quoted to say that he could not see the tray; only a chunk of light.

More fascinating is what the worshipers in the altar who were receiving communion saw and felt. Magdy's sister was receiving communion and is quoted to say that all she could see is light in the tray and light in the hands of Abouna while giving her the body of Christ. All light, to the extent that she did not get the normal chewing feeling. She felt as if she was chewing light !! Meanwhile worshipers inside the altar were on their cell phones relaying to the whole city of Assuit what they see first hand, so it did not take time for the crowd to block the streets around the church.

The following Wednesday (April 5), worshipers crowded the church (in the lower level)and kept waiting after finishing the mass to see the light. At the same time another mass served by Bishop Mickhael had ended also in the upper level of church. The Bishop was called to bless people downstairs (Yesref El Shaab) and convince them to leave since no more light has
appeared at that time. While the Bishop was doing that, the light struck in the altar the people rejoiced.

Outside the church the light covered the whole minaret with illuminating flying objects described as having the size of large ducks and not doves.

The icon above is, I believed, called "The Holy protection of the Virgin Mary"


Bent El Neel said...

Perhaps the Mother of God was giving comfort and strength to her children, to ease the pain that was to come.

DavidNic said...

I pray she was an continues to do so.

loki said...

Very interesting!!