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Zeitun. Jerusalem Day. Varsonofy Khaibulin

The spectacular and widely witnessed public appearances of the Virgin Mary at the Coptic Orthodox Church of St. Mary in Zeitoun, started on April 2, 1968

Jerusalem Day

Palm Sunday was on April 2, 30

The apparitions began on April 2, 1968. … According to the most scientifically based chronology, it was namely April 2, 30 A.D. the Entry of the Lord into Jerusalem has taken place (see: Appendix to the New Testament. Брюссель: Жизнь с Богом, 1964. С. 523).

The Zeytun apparitions of the Mother of God began on the day that the Savior called "the day of Jerusalem", the time of such a Visitation, such a Service to his world that the inability to recognize this time will be the cause of the terrible tragic fate of the Holy City and its children, predicting which the promised Lamb of God wept over him (see: Luk 19:41-44).

With the conquest of the eastern half of Jerusalem (they took possession of the western half in 1947), the false messianic aspirations of the early restoration of the Old Testament Solomon's temple were revived in the Jews. In the Egyptian apparitions, the Orthodox can read the answer to these expectations.

Under the New Testament conditions, the temple of the Living God is called to become a human person, or a heart, inseminated by the incarnate Word and bearing fruit by the Spirit of God. In the Person of the Ever-Virgin Mary, this calling was fully realized already on the day of the Descent of the Holy Spirit. On one of the feasts of the Theotokos, the Virgin Mary is sung as the “Most Pure Temple of the Saviors.” For in this Temple Not Made by Hands dwells all the fullness of the grace of the Holy Spirit, in It are concentrated all the perfections promised to the Church by its Creator and Head.

The ancient Solomon's Temple was a prototype, an Old Testament shadow of this Animated Temple. How can this shadow come to life before the life-giving rays of the Mother of the true Light, enlightening every person coming into the world (John 1:9), especially in the current conditions, when thousands of eyewitnesses of the Egyptian apparitions testify: “She is all Light from Light”?

The name Jerusalem ("the habitation of the Lord" - see: Psa 135:21) is one of the many biblical names for the sacred center of the promised good land. In the parable of the Sower (Luke 8:8-15), the Savior explained the new meaning of this ancient biblical image (see: Deut 3:25; 4:21; 8:7,10). In the light of this interpretation, the Pre-Kind and Most Pure Heart of the Virgin Mother becomes the sacred center of the promised land. In the New Testament conditions, the biblical "Jerusalem-centrism" (see: Psa 135:21; Psa 137:6) should be read as "Mario-centrism" of the ecclesiological self-consciousness of the people of God.

Accordingly, the Old Testament parimiias about the "House of God" (see: Gen 28:17), "House of the Lord" (see: Ezek 44:4), "House of Wisdom" (see: Proverbs 9:1) Orthodox worship refers to the Personality of the Ever-Virgin. “House of God” in an unconditional sense is She, the Mother of God. But we, the people of God, are called His house conditionally, if we hold fast the confidence and the rejoicing of the hope firm unto the end (Heb 3:6).

In the New Testament conditions, all the commands of the Holy Spirit to worship God in this sacred center (see: Psa 29:2; Psa 99:9) and all the most joyful eschatological promises of the Jewish prophets pointing to it are transferred to the Most Good and Pure Heart.

Such are the promise of the reign of the people of the saints of the Most High in all the heavenly places (Dan 7:18,22,27) and the promise of such an exaltation of the Mountain of the House of the Lord and such a gathering of peoples to It, as a result of which the blessed time of grace-filled peace and the irreversible general disarmament of the peoples will come (see: Isaiah 2:2-4; Micah 4:1). In the light of the New Testament (“Mariocentric”) vision of the sacred topographical images of the Bible, it is not difficult to see in these promises the prediction of the greatest triumph of the Most Pure and Good Heart of the Mother of God and all of us, which will restore the original (see: Acts 4:32) trinitarian unity of many Christian hearts into one Heart of the Wife, the bride of the Lamb, eternally co-reigning with the Heavenly Husband and Bridegroom of the Church.

The main thing that the Copts did not understand is that the current great signs from heaven (Luk 21:11) reveal the true meaning of the prophecy about the trampling of Jerusalem by ethnic groups (see: Luk 21:24) and allow us to give the only possible translation of it: “Jerusalem will be trampled underfoot by the nations until the times appointed for the nations are fulfilled (begin).”

Zeytun and occasionally recurring in different places in Egypt, phenomena like Zeytun (the last time they were observed in Cairo in December 2009) are the essence of the sign of these predestined times.

Hegumen Varsonofy (Khaibulin)
Preface to the Russian edition
«Когда миллионы видели Деву Марию»

See also



  • Pearl Zaki, Our Lord's Mother visits Egypt in 1968. — Cairo, Egypt: Dar El Alam El Arabi., 1977.
  • Jerome Palmer, O.S.B. Our Lady Returns to Egypt. — San Bernardino, Calif.: Culligan Publications Inc., 1969.
  • Francis Johnston. When Millions Saw Mary. — Chulmleigh, Devon EX18 7HL, UK: Augustine Publishing Co., 1980. — ISBN 0-851-72631-3
  • Fr. Tadros Y. Malaty. Saint Mary In The Orthodox Concept. — Alexandria, Egypt: St. George Coptic Church, 1978. — 128 с. — ISBN 0-908-00007-3
  • Pope Shenouda III. The Holy Virgin St. Mary. — Cairo, Egypt: Amba Rueiss, 1999. — 20 с.
  • Calamari, Barbara and Sandra DiPasqua. Visions of Mary. — New York: Harry N. Abrams, 2004. — ISBN 978-0-810-95581-3 (англ.)
  • Michael P. Carroll. The Cult of the Virgin Mary: Psychological Origins. — Princeton, USA: Princeton University Press., 1992. — 254 с. — ISBN 978-0-691-02867-5 (англ.)
  • Youssef G. Kamell, John P. Jackson, Rebecca S. Jackson. A Lady of Light Appears in Egypt. The story of Zeitoun. — Colorado Springs, CO, USA: St. Mark's Avenue Press., 1996. — 304 с. — ISBN 978-1-887-64002-2 (англ.)

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