Myrrh-streaming Icon of
Tsar-Martyr Nicholas II
Recent Miracle Of The Myrrh-Streaming Icon Of Tsar-Martyr Nicholas II
Compiled by Father Nektarios Serfes
20 July 2000
Glory Be To God For All Things!
Holy Tsar-Martyr Nicholas,
Pray Unto God For Us!
The intercessions of the Royal Martyrs Tsar Nicholas and Family, continue and we are spiritually uplifted to hear about these miracles. Prayers are answered through these loving Royal Martyrs the Passion-bearers of Russia.
This particular miracle I am presenting to you, happened in June, 1999, in Moscow, Russia, and in regards to the holy icon of the Myrrh-streaming icon of Tsar-Martyr Nicholas II. To learn more about this holy icon please visit "Myrrh Streaming Icon Of The Tsar Martyr of Russia On 7 November 1998". For more information about this holy icon please read the note below at the end of this text.
The Russian Orthodox Church under the Patriarchate of Moscow, is highly considering the act of holy canonization for the Royal Martyrs Tsar Nicholas and his Family, on the eve of our Lord's Holy Transfiguration, which is commemorated on the eve of August 6/19 and on the morning of 7/20 (new calendar followed by old calendar, -please note that in the Russian Orthodox Church in Russia it follows the old calendar in it's liturgical commemorations and Divine services). Not only are the Royal Martyrs Tsar Nicholas and Family being considered for holy canonization, but also more then five hundred Russian Orthodox New Martyrs, who were executed -martyred by the Soviet authorities, who themselves gave their lives for Christ our Lord and His Church.
Without a doubt it seems spiritually that it's the many God loving faithful Russian Orthodox Christians in Russia, and those who live outside of the region of Russia, love the Royal Martyrs of Russia Tsar Nicholas II and his Family, and who are trying to influence the Synod of Bishops of the Russian Orthodox Patriarchate of Moscow, to perform the act of holy canonization, and the Glorification for the Imperial Romanov Family, which would include Emperor Tsar Nicholas II, the Empress Tsarina Alexandra, the Crown Prince Tsarevich Alexis, and the Grand Duchesses Olga, Tatiana, Marie, and Anastasia, however it seems unfortunate that those who where martyred with the Royal Martyrs of Russia will not be considered for holy canonization by this same Church in Moscow.
The Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia, which split from the Moscow Patriachate in the 1920s, already had canonized the Royal Martyrs of Russia, and the New Martyrs, back in November 1981.
The act of sainthood for the Royal Martyrs Tsar Nicholas and Family, will indeed be a great spiritual blessing for not only those in Russia itself, but also for the whole Eastern Orthodox Church throughout the world. This would mean that services could be commemorated in honor of the Royal Martyrs of Russia, within all Eastern Churches. Icons could now be placed within these same parish Churches. This is also a great blessing to learn that the Russian Orthodox Church in Moscow has remembered more of the New Martyrs of Russia.
Now I will present the "Recent Miracle Of The Myrrh-streaming Icon Of Tsar-Martyr Nicholas II." This particular miracle happened on behalf of Alexander Vytegov, who at age eighty-seven was healed of blindness in front of the myrrh streaming icon of Tsar Martyr Nicholas II, in June of 1999 in Moscow, Russia.
In 1984, Alexander was diagnosed with an eye disease in which cells in the center of the retina begin to die off. Doctors could do nothing to help him, and within a few years his correctable vision was reduce to less than thirty percent. Alexander had been an atheist for many decades and had habitually referred to Tsar Nicholas as "Bloody Nicholas," a period of his life that he now regrets.
In his early seventies, he began reading a borrowed Bible to round out his grasp of history. 'I was caught up in it, and finally started to understand.' After obtaining his own copy of the Gospels, Alexander was further drawn to Christ and the Church. A few years later, he suffered a major heart attack, underwent emergency surgery and recovered. Convinced that he had been saved through the intercession of the Mother of God, Alexander became a practicing Orthodox Christian. In 1999, he heard Fr. Alexander Shargunov speaking on Radio Radonezh about people who had been healed through the intercession of the Tsar-Martyr.
Learning that the myrrh-streaming icon was in the Church of the Holy Trinity on Khoklovksy Lane in Moscow, he went there on June 2 to attend a moleben. After the service,
Alexander made his way to the priest, Fr. Alexy Uminsky, asking to be healed of his blindness. Fr. Alexey answered, 'If you want to be healed, pray to Tsar-Martyr Nicholas with me. Alexander describes what happened next:
Procession in Russia of the holy icons of Reigning Mother of God, and Tsar-Martyr Nicholas II (July 12-17, 1999)
'Father Alexy led me over to the icon of Tsar-Martyr Nicholas and placed my face right on the icon, holding my head down with his hand. Then he covered my face with a towel to my face that had myrrh on it from the icon and began to pray. I don't know what prayer he recited, because my hearing is poor. Then he raised my head and covered my face with the towel containing the myrrh and pressed the towel to my eyes with his fingers three times, while saying another prayer. A few days later I had to write something. It was June 9th. Before then I had to write from memory, because I couldn't see the lines. I had to write letter by letter, and if I got distracted, I never knew which letter to write next...but then, my Lord-I still can't believe it-I could see! I could see everything! I could see the lines, and the letters. I can't believe it even now, but I really see. After this healing I know once and for all that the Tsar truly prays for those who love him and the Lord helps people through his prayers. The Lord is long-suffering. How long He waited for me-and in the end, He didn't reject me.'
(Source: Road To Emmaus, Vol. I, No. 1., Spring 2000., Managing Editor: Mother Nectaria McLees, Ash Grove, MO., pp. 53-54).
For more information about the icon of the "Reigning Mother Of God", please visit Miracle On The Day Of The Abdication Of Tsar Nicholas II March 2, 1917
For more information about "Facts About The Origin Of The Myrrh-Streaming Icon Of Tsar Martyr Nicholas", please visit Another Miracle Of Tsar Martyr Nicholas II
To learn more about the several processions of the Myrrh-streaming Icon of Tsar Martyr Nicholas II througout Russia, please write to the following address which is published quarterly:
Road To Emmaus
PO Box 265
Ash Grove, MO.
Or telephone and fax: 414-751-3183.
For addition information, please visit "Appeal To Canonize With The Glorification Of Emperor Tsar Nicholas II & Family. It's not to late to write to His Holiness Patriarach Alexis II, and the Synod of Bishops of the Russian Orthodox Church in Moscow, Russia.
I would like to humbly thank Magdalena Berry for sending me this information about this recent miracle, and for the kind help of Raymon David, my internet assistant.
Holy Royal Martyr
Pray Unto God For Us!
Glory Be To God For All Things!
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