Patriarchate Report On the Apparition of Saint Mary
in the Zaitoun Church in Cairo, Egypt
Отчет Патриархата о Явлении Святой Марии
в Зейтунской Церкви, в Каире, Египет
Since the evening of Tuesday April 2, 1968 (the 24th of Bramhat, 1684 A.M.), the apparitions of the Holy Virgin Saint Mary, Mother of God, have continued in her church in Zaitoun, Cairo. The apparitions have been on several nights and are continuing.
The Holy Virgin Saint Mary sometimes appeared surrounded with a halo of shining light. She was seen in different locations such as on the windows of the domes of the church. And, she was observed walking on the roof of the church. When she knelt in reverence to the cross, the cross shone with bright light. Waving her blessed hands and nodding her head, she blessed the people who gathered to observe the miracle. She sometimes appeared in a cloud of light and sometimes as a figure of light. Her apparitions were sometimes preceded with heavenly bodies shaped like doves moving at high speeds. The apparitions continued for long periods, up to 2 hours and 15 minutes as in the dawn of Tuesday April 30, 1968 (the 22nd of Barmouda, 1684 A.M.), where she appeared continuously from 2:45am till 5:00am.
Thousands of people of different denominations and religions, Egyptians and foreign visitors observed the miracles. The description of each apparition as of the time, location and configuration was identically witnessed by all people, which makes this apparition unique and sublime.
Two important aspects accompanied this miracle: The first is an incredible revival in the faith of many, repentance of many and the return of many who strayed away from the faith. The second are the numerous miracles of healing which were verified by many physicians to be miraculous in nature.
The church confirmed the apparition after a thorough investigation by the Church Council assigned by his Holiness Pope Cyril (Kyrellos), who observed the miracle as well.
Therefore, the Coptic Orthodox Patriarchate declares with great joy and humility of the heart the confirmation that the Holy Virgin Mary appeared clearly on several nights at different nights at different times, for periods lasting on occasions more than 2 hours. the location of the church in Zaitoun is on the path that the Holy Family took when visiting Egypt. May God make this miracle a symbol for peace in the world, and a blessing for our nation as it has been prophesized:
"Blessed is Egypt My people".
Игумен Варсонофий (Хайбулин),
Богородица Зейтунская сблизила христиан разных конфессий.
Церковь Святой Девы Марии в Зейтуне.
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