St. Elias Diamantidis, the Myrrh, the miraculous
Commemorated on July 21
”I have seen injured souls who have endured injustice with good thoughts, and have been showered with God’s Grace in this life.” St.Paisios of the Holy Mountain
St. Elias Diamantidis was born in the Pontus in the Greek village Houmourkianton of Surmene region, in the year 1880. His mother died and were orphaned. He had suffered many injustices and malice in his life by his father’s wife. When he was young child life had become hell for him. But he was full of kindness and endured it all without grudges and without complaining.He married and had six daughters. St. George the Trophy-bearer played a pivitol role in the life of St.Elias. St. George appeared to Elias many times either to instruct him or to save him from certain dangers in which the evil demons placed him. He built churche St. George in Makhmudiye of Batum.
He received from God a truly abundant gift of wonderworking. He healed all sicknesses and pains and drove out demons.
He entered into rest in the Lord on July, 1946. His body was soon shown to be incorrupt and miracle-working;
May St. George and St. Elias intercede for us all and help us!
Let us listen carefully to everything our Lord has to say. As we are forgiven, so must we forgive – not with lip service, but from the heart .
‘Forgiveness is not a little brook on the boundary between slavery and freedom: it has breadth and depth, it is the Red Sea.’ Metropolitan Anthony of Sourozh (1914-2003),
Only through forgiveness can we enter into what St Paul terms ‘the freedom of the glory of the children of God’ (Rom. 8:21).
We take up a radical way of living when we follow Christ – one natural to our spirit, yet contrary to our pride. Let us remember the words that Christ, who tells this parable, spoke on the Cross: “Father, forgive them for they do not know what they do” (Lk 23:34). Surely He had grounds for a grudge; surely He might have warned His enemies that they were under judgment. But no, He shows us how to keep far from eternal danger – we are to forgive from the heart.
O Lord Jesus Christ, cleanse us from all wiles and wickedness and lead us into the kingdom of Thy love, that we may be heirs with all the saints in Thine unfathomable mystery. – Archimandrite Sophrony Sakharov