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If you are like me, when you see these headlines everyday of gruesome and unfathomable actions and murders within families, your heart and soul grieve.

Personally, I believe these sudden and unspeakable acts are forms of demon possession. Here is the story of St. Marcella of Chios who, many centuries ago, suffered a similar gruesome fate at the demonic intent and action of her own father.

My grandmother, of blessed memory, was born on the island of Chios, so I know that until this very day, each year, on the feast day of St. Marcella, at the shrine of her gruesome martyrdom, a miracle occurs. Also, many are the stories, up until today, of her appearance to people of the island, helping them, comforting them, and performing miracles for them. My grandmother saw her in a dream, when my uncle was suffering as a little boy with pleurisy in the 1930's, when there were no medications to help him and it was feared he would die. She told my grandmother in a dream, not to worry and that the boy would live and be fine. That boy is now 72 years old!

http://orthodoxwiki.org/Marcella_of_Chios

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Thank you for posting this.
I've actually never heard of this saint, nor of Chios, unless it has another name.
Thanks, Alice.
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Thanks for sharing, Alice, and Glory to God for all things! I remembered (or rather, the Menaion remembered) wink

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St. Marcella's story is one of the most grotesque hagiographies I've ever read. It's totally plausible. I think I'm gonna get me an icon of her...i believe Holy Transfiguration Monastery in Boston area sells them but I'm not certain so I asked them to contact, to tell me if their icon of St. Marcella is of St. M. of CHIOS...


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