Hello, Cathedra! I know this cannot be posted until after Pascha. But, as I do not know your e-mail address, I did not know how else to convey this to you.
Are you familiar with the Church-approved stigmatist and mystic Myrna Nazzour of Damascus, Syria? She is a Melkite Catholic married to an Atiochian Orthodox man. Her remarkable story–and that of the myrrh-streaming Icon of Our Lady of Kazan–can be found here:
The short book detailing the phenomena is well worth obtaining through this site.
Our Lady’s messages (Church-approved) given through Myrna concern Christian unity, especially the reunion of East and West. Increasingly I believe that only a direct miraculous intervention by God–through the intercession of the Theotokos–will bring about this unity. Perhaps the Soufanieh phenomena presage this?
At Damascus, Our Lady tells us that division and disunity are not of God and that those who perpetuate division are not doing God’s Will. She also says that Heaven rejoices in a special way when East and West celebrate Pascha on the same day. As this will be occuring this year, well, what better time to pray fervently for East-West reunion through Our Lady’s intercession?
I have a copy of the myrrh-streaming Icon, which I bring every week to our “Why Catholic” meeting at our parish. Many copies of this beautiful icon have also oozed fragrant oil, but alas, mine has not done so. (I did once have the experience of an overwhelming scent of roses at a Rosary prayer meeting, though. I guess that will have to suffice for now. [It was a great grace.])
God bless and have a blessed Holy Week and Pascha!
O Jesus Christ, our Lord and Saviour, thou didst promise to abide with us always. Thou dost call all Christians to draw near and partake of Thy Body and Blood. But our sin has divided us and we have no power to partake of Thy Holy Eucharist together. We confess this our sin and we pray Thee, forgive us and help us to serve the ways of reconciliation, according to Thy Will. Kindle our hearts with the fire of the Holy Spirit. Give us the spirit of Wisdom and faith, of daring and of patience, of humility and firmness, of love and of repentance, through the prayers of the most blessed Mother of God and of all the saints. Amen. – Fr Sergius Bulgakov