The apple tree spoke! A miraculous icon of St. Irene of Chrysovalantou found in Valsamata, Kefalonia

The apple tree spoke! A miraculous icon of St. Irene of Chrysovalantou found in Valsamata, Kefalonia

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The following story was originally published here in Greek. One of our Facebook fans translated it into English and sent it to us so that it could be shared with our readers. Many thanks, and Glory to God!

The apple tree spoke and revealed the secret in its roots! A truly beautiful story was revealed a few days ago outside the church in Valsamata, Kefalonia.

“In a scheduled tree planting exercise, the sacred icon of St. Irene of Chrysovalantou was found,” says the priest of the church, Father Xenophondas Zarkadas and continues, “It was verified by the tree planting team that a small apple tree was growing and it was decided to transplant it. In the roots, a parcel was found in which was wrapped carefully the icon of St. Irene of Chrysovalantou.”

Father Xenophondas continued the remarkable story of how the icon was found and stated, “The icon is not very old, but it is placed in the second half of the previous century. It is obviously painted by a woman. It is beautiful and St. Irene of Chrysovalantou is written on it.”

On Friday, 20 June 2014, the church of Valsamata had the first Paraklesis for St. Irene, the head nun of the Chrysovalantou monastery.

“The locals embraced the remarkable discovery of the buried icon which blesses and makes holy the area of Omala in Kefalonia,” the priest of the church said, while the church council member Mr. Dimitris K. describes the prophetic dream … [ in which he had visions of the back of the church where there icon was found for four days in a row until the icon was discovered –editors note ].

Many theories have been developed about how and why the icon was buried there. It is most likely that in the past, there was a longing for a pilgrimage to the Chrysovalantou monastery, maybe someone took the icon from there, transported it to Kefalonia and for some personal reason buried it.

The priest added, “It is totally insignificant how old the icon is and the theories that follow it, what is interesting is the spectacular fact that the icon decided to reveal itself under the favorite tree of the saint, the apple tree!”

The icon of St. Irene of Chrysovalantou and the apple tree blesses with its grace the holy church in Valsamata.

Be sure to visit the original article. Even if you can’t read Greek, there are beautiful photographs and a video that you can enjoy.

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