15 AUGUST

Serpii Maicii Domnului – Kefalonia

Serpii Maicii Domnului reprezinta o minune deosebita pe care Maica Domnului o savarseste anual, in vremea postului Maicii Domnului, in insula Kefalonia. La numai doua sate departare de localitatea Pastra (3km), unde are loc minunea anuala a reinfloririi crinilor de la icoana Maicii Domnului, se afla localitatea Markopoulo, locul unei alte minuni a Maicii Domnului. Drumul ce porneste din port, inspre localitatea Markopoulo, aflata in sudul insulei, este strajuit pe stanga de munti si pe dreapta de mare.
Kefalonia este cea mai mare dintre insulele ionice. Stancile grecesti, ce se inalta brusc din apele albastre si transparente, alcatuiesc locul ideal pentru o viata linistita si senina: mici sate, case modeste, ruinele unei oras antic si cateva locasuri de cult, sunt doar o parte din frumusetile Kefaloniei. Recent, Kefalonia a fost numita „insula contrastelor”, caci pe aceasta, ruine romane, venetiene si bizantine se inghesuie unele intr-altele, de-a lungul plajelor insorite.

Dintre bogatiile duhovnicesti ale insulei, amintim urmatoarele locasuri: Manastirea Sfantul Cuvios Gherasim, Pestera Sfantului Cuvios Gherasim, Manastirea Sfantul Andrei, Manastirea Panaghia Atrou, Manastirea Agrilion, Manastirea Maicii Domnului Themata, Manastirea Maicii Domnului Lagouvarda, Manastirea Lamia, Manastirea Kipouria, Biserica si Pestera Sfintei Paraskevi, Biserica Estavromenos si Biserica Maicii Domnului din Sission.

In fiecare an, in luna august, in postul Adormirii Maicii Domnului, cand crestinii praznuiesc Schimbarea la Fata (6 august) si Adormirea Maicii Domnului (15 august), un numar insemnat de serpi mici apar in jurul bisericii si a clopotnitei din localitatea Markopoulo. In aceasta perioada, biserica inchinata Maicii Domnului „Langouvarda” este luata cu asalt de o specie unica de serpi mici, fiecare avand capul insemnat cu o cruce.

Anual, in ziua de 6 august, cand praznuim Schimbarea la Fata a Domnului, o specie unica de serpi (lungi de 60 de centimetri si insemnati cu o cruce alba, pe cap si pe limba) apar in jurul vechii biserici din localitatea Markopoulo. Serpii vor disparea, iarasi in chip minunat, dupa slujba savarsita in ziua de Adormirea Maicii Domnului. In timpul slujbei savarsite pentru Maica Domnului, serpii intra in biserica, umpland tot locul: se urca pe icoane, se incolacesc in jurul sfestnicelor, stau pe credinciosi si in Sfantul Altar.

Exista o emotie generala legata de aparitia acestor serpi, nu atat pentru vreun potential pericol, cat pentru faptul ca daca acestia nu vor aparea in perioada amintita, ceva rau se va intampla in regiune. Astfel, in anii 1940 si 1953, cand serpii nu au fost prezenti la biserica din Markopoulo, au avut loc razboaie si calamitati naturale.

In anul 1924, cand Biserica Ortodoxa din Grecia a adoptat, impreuna cu celelalte state crestine, calendarul indreptat (nou), multi au asteptat sa vada de vor mai aparea sau nu serpii Maicii Domnului. Aparand serpii, ca in fiecare an, crestinii au inteles ca Sfantul Sinod este in masura sa hotarasca asemenea lucruri administrative.

Aceasta biserica se afla zidita pe locul fostei Manastiri Langouvarda, distrusa de turci, precum si de un cutremur, in anul 1953. Traditia locala, bazandu-se mai mult pe legende insa, spune ca, in momentul in care manastirea a fost atacata de pirati, candva in anul 1705, maicile s-au rugat Maicii Domnului sa le transforme in serpi, spre a nu fi luate prizoniere sau batjocorite. Rugaciunea acestora a fost ascultata, iar piratii s-au infricosat de vederea serpilor.

Serpii Maicii Domnului, avand capul insemnat cu o cruce, precum si limba, in forma de cruce, apartin clasei de serpi „telescopus fallaxspecies”, numita si „sarpele-pisica european”. Acesti serpi intra in biserica in vremea slujbei, iar nu oricand, aratand o blandete deosebita fata de crestinii din interior. Imediat ce se termina slujba Sfintei Liturghii, serpii devin oarecum agresivi, ei iesind din biserica si intorcandu-se in pustiul din zona. Oricat ar fi cautati acestia, ei nu vor putea fi gasiti, pana anul urmator.
Teodor Danalache
senior editor
http://www.crestinortodox.ro/colaboratori/teodor-danalache/articole/


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On a wing and a prayer: The extraordinary hanging monasteries that cling to the sides of cliffs

By Daily Mail Reporter

When you’re trying to connect with your god, it helps to find some peace and quiet, if you can.
But that was, indeed, no such problem for the architects of these impossibly built monasteries.
Constructed at dizzying heights on the sides of mountains, they ensured only the most devoted – and vertigo-free – followers would join them for prayer.
Gripping: This gravity-defying hanging monastery clings to the side of Mt Huashan in China and is only accessible via steep and dangerous paths

Gripping: This gravity-defying hanging monastery clings to the side of Mt Huashan in China and is only accessible via steep and dangerous paths
Closer to their god: The Taktshang Tiger's Nest monastery clings to a cliff 2,300ft above the Paro Valley floor in Bhutan at such a height it looks down on the clouds

Closer to their god: The Taktshang Tiger’s Nest monastery clings to a cliff 2,300ft above the Paro Valley floor in Bhutan at such a height it looks down on the clouds
Complete isolation: According to legend, the Tiger's Nest takes its name from the 'second Buddha', Precious Guru Padmasambhava, who travelled to the site on a tiger
Complete isolation: According to legend, the Tiger’s Nest takes its name from the ‘second Buddha’, Precious Guru Padmasambhava, who travelled to the site on a tiger
Between a rock and a hard place: The Holy Trinity is part of the Meteora - which translates as 'suspended in the air' - complex of monasteries in Greece, one of the largest collections of such buildings in the country

Between a rock and a hard place: The Holy Trinity is part of the Meteora – which translates as ‘suspended in the air’ – complex of monasteries in Greece, one of the largest collections of such buildings in the country
Many were only accessible by steep and secret paths in order to provide the most seclusion as they sought uninterrupted spiritual awakening.
By far the most precarious is a monastery that dangles seemingly in defiance of the laws of physics on the side of Mt Huashan in China.
Located around 75 miles east from Xi’an City of Shaanxi Province, Mt Huashan is known as ‘The number one precipitous mountain under Heaven’. It is one of the five sacred mountains in China.
It is home to several influential Taoist temples where emperors of past dynasties made pilgrimages, making Mt Huashan the holy land of Taoism.
Vertigo-inducing: The Sumela monastery in Turkey was created 386AD apparently after two priests discovered a miraculous icon of the Virgin Mary in a cave on the mountain

Vertigo-inducing: The Sumela monastery in Turkey was created 386AD apparently after two priests discovered a miraculous icon of the Virgin Mary in a cave on the mountain
Prayers at 3,900ft: Visitors survey the incredible buildings of the Sumela monastery which was built, on southern shore of the Black Sea, during the reign of Emporer Theodosius I

Prayers at 3,900ft: Visitors survey the incredible buildings of the Sumela monastery which was built, on southern shore of the Black Sea, during the reign of Emporer Theodosius I
Don't look down! The monasteries of Agios Nikolaos Anapafsas (left) and Agia Roussanou (right) in Greece, which form part of the Meteora complex of precariously placed buildings

Don’t look down! The monasteries of Agios Nikolaos Anapafsas (left) and Agia Roussanou (right) in Greece, which form part of the Meteora complex of precariously placed buildings
Head for heights: French mountain climber Catherine Destivelle during her ascension of the Rocher Saint Esprit, in the Meteora, with the Monastery of Roussanou located on a parallel summit (right)

Head for heights: French mountain climber Catherine Destivelle during her ascension of the Rocher Saint Esprit, in the Meteora, with the Monastery of Roussanou located on a parallel summit (right)
Path to enlightenment: A stunning scene showing the Monastery of Roussanou in what must one of the most serene places in the world

Path to enlightenment: A stunning scene showing the Monastery of Roussanou in what must one of the most serene places in the world
Balancing act: The monastery of Roussanou at the base of a stone tower in Meteora, Greece in a picture taken in 1985

Balancing act: The monastery of Roussanou at the base of a stone tower in Meteora, Greece in a picture taken in 1985
A man is hoisted up 250ft in a cargo net to the Monastery of St Barlaam, which is the only way to access the building
The Monastery of St Barlaam
Nerve-wracking: A man is hoisted 250ft in a net, the only way to access the Monastery of St Barlaam (right), which also forms part of the Meteora complex in Greece
In Bhutan, the Taktshang Tiger’s Nest monastery clings to a cliff 2,300ft above the Paro Valley floor.
According to legend, it takes its name from the ‘second Buddha’, Precious Guru Padmasambhava, who travelled to the site on a tiger.
Some visitors have reportedly fallen to their death on the way up after apparently losing their footing.
But the desire to build in such vertigo-inducing places isn’t just confined to Asia. Turkey has its own, the monastery of Sumela, perched at an altitude of 3,900ft.
Rich heritage: The ruins of the Sigiriya, or Lion's Rock, in the central Matale District of Sri Lanka, which was used as a monastery from around the 5th Century BC

Rich heritage: The ruins of the Sigiriya, or Lion’s Rock, in the central Matale District of Sri Lanka, which was used as a monastery from around the 5th Century BC
Magnificent: Visitors ascend the stairway to the ancient structure, which contains caves prepared by devotees of the Buddhist Sangha

Magnificent: Visitors ascend the stairway to the ancient structure, which contains caves prepared by devotees of the Buddhist Sangha
Steeped in history: The legs and paws of a lion still remain either side of the entrance to the fortress, but the head fell down years ago

Steeped in history: The legs and paws of a lion still remain either side of the entrance to the fortress, but the head fell down years ago
Idyllic: The rock, pictured here at dawn, upon which the temple and monastery were built is a 'magma plug'

Idyllic: The rock, pictured here at dawn, upon which the temple and monastery were built is a ‘magma plug’
Easy does it: A visitor navigates the stone stairs leading up to the temple and fortress of Sigiriya, but this path is by no means the most perilous compared to those approaching other monasteries
Easy does it: A visitor navigates the stone stairs leading up to the temple and fortress of Sigiriya, but this path is by no means the most perilous compared to those approaching other monasteries
Beautiful: Sigiriya is framed by symmetrical water gardens which extend to the foot of the rock. It is one of the eight World Heritage Sites of Sri Lanka

Beautiful: Sigiriya is framed by symmetrical water gardens which extend to the foot of the rock. It is one of the eight World Heritage Sites of Sri Lanka
It was created in 386AD during the reign of Emporer Theodosius I apparently after two priests discovered a miraculous icon of the Virgin Mary in a cave on the mountain.
As with most of these great buildings, they aren’t the easiest to access. In Greece, the Roussanou Monastery could only be accessed by baskets lifted by pulleys, until roads, steps and bridges were contructed in the 1920s.
It is one of six active monasteries in the Meteora complex, one the largest and most important developments of its kind, only behind Mount Athos.
The monasteries are built on natural sandstone rock pinnacles near the Pinios.
Panoramic: The monastery of St Stephen, part of the Meteora complex in Greece, was built in the middle of 16th and decorated in or around 1545

Panoramic: The monastery of St Stephen, part of the Meteora complex in Greece, was built in the middle of 16th and decorated in or around 1545
A cut above: Rather than clinging to it, this temple was carved into the rock in the region of Cappadocia in Turkey. Frescoes can be seen around the entrance

A cut above: Rather than clinging to it, this temple was carved into the rock in the region of Cappadocia in Turkey. Frescoes can be seen around the entrance
Another stunning piece of architecture, which also places a rock at the heart of its construction, is Sigiriya, or Lion’s Rock, in the central Matale District of Sri Lanka.
Built on a ‘magma plug’, the sacred city contains the ruins of the original temple, which dates back to 500AD.
The legs and paws of a lion still remain either side of the entrance, but the head fell down years ago. It is one of the eight World Heritage Sites of Sri Lanka.
Up on high: The Holy Holy Monastery of Saint Nicholas Anapausas in Meteora, Greece, which was built in the 16th Century and decorated by the Cretan painter Theophanis Strelitzas in 1527

Up on high: The Holy Holy Monastery of Saint Nicholas Anapausas in Meteora, Greece, which was built in the 16th Century and decorated by the Cretan painter Theophanis Strelitzas in 1527
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 Trebuie sa fii temerar ca sa te duci pe varfurile acelea,sa te rogi sa iti gasesti linistea…
locuri izolate…departe de ochii lumii…
legende…
Eu de aici ,ma intreb cum oare au fost construite …
am fost la multe manastiri situate prin poieni linistite,,altele in paduri,dar inca nu am ajuns la vreuna asemanatoare celor din imagini…
chiar parca nu ai cuvinte privindu-le…

ENIGMA…

Imaginea reprezinta Biserica Sf.Teodora din Vasta Peloponez Grecia…capela are pe ea 17 arbori …dintre care unii sunt foarte inalti si au o grosime de un metru. Totusi, desi acoperisul bisericutei e subtire, rezista. Cu toate ca radacinile copacilor nu au trecut prin tavan in interiorul bisericii. Oamenii de stiinta care au cercetat cazul isi marturisesc neputinta de a explica cum cresc copacii pe un acoperis subtire fara sa se prabuseasca biserica…

M-a pus pe ganduri ,mi-a starnit curiozitatea …am citit si legenda Sf. Teodora …una din ele…Se spune ca satul in care traia a fost atacat si oamenii au fost nevoiti sa se apere.Teodora s-a imbracat in secret in soldat, pentru ca o femeie era de neconceput sa se lupte in acele vremuri…Din pacate a fost ucisa…se spune ca ultimile ei cuvinte au fost o ruga catre Dumnezeu…”corpul sa-mi fie o biserica,parul o padure iar sangele un izvor”…Miscati de curajul nemaiintalnit pana atunci,satenii au ridicat bisericuta pe a carei acoperis au crescut copacii a caror radacini nu sunt vizibile nici sub acoperis,nici in interiorul bisericii sau afara,iar raul care trece pe dedesubt probabil le iriga radacinile…

De ieri ne tot uitam la mai multe video-uri …mi-as dori sa ma duc acolo…sa vad cu ochii…adica din secolul X  nu s-a deteriorat structura capelei iar copacii nu au creat nicio presiune asupra ei?…

Poate e cineva care a fost si a vazut si ne spune si noua ce si cum…

sursa

patrokosmas

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