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Myra, Lycia (Asia Minor) (325)

Summary of the Apparition to St. Nicholas of Bari, the Wonder Worker

One of the most revered Orthodox saints, the healer Nicholas, Bishop of Myra, in Lycia (Asia Minor) in the first half of the fourth century, also known in Italy as Nicholas of Bari.
He would receive, according to tradition, two apparitions of the Virgin Mary, the first prior to his ordination, and the second during the celebration of a Holy Mass at the end of the Council of Nicaea. The two appearances urged him to fulfill his spiritual mission. In this council he was very committed to support the doctrine of the divinity of Christ.

Born in Patara, Lycia around 270, died in 345: elected bishop of Myra, during the persecution of Diocletian he was imprisoned until the Edict of Constantine. His remains were transported to Bari, a city of which he is patron.

According to the contemplation of Anne Catherine Emmerich

"While I slept I was transported to distant places and at different times, where I have seen celebrating the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin. In Ephesus I saw the celebration of this Solemnity of the Mother of God in the house, the house appeared to me in a temple and behind I saw the second of the Passion, built by Mary Street. The first Stations of the Cross in Jerusalem was marked with tears of the Madonna on the bloody footsteps of her Son, the third and then to Rome. Long before it became separated from the Catholic Church, I saw that the Greeks already celebrated the Conception of Mary. I saw a saint (perhaps Sabas) who had seen the Blessed Virgin on the globe while crushing the serpent's head. Since then he understood that the Mother of God was conceived Immaculate, that is not touched by 'breath of the serpent.

In this context, I also saw that a church of the Greeks, or a bishop, would not accept the feast of the Immaculate Conception. Then the image of the Immaculate appeared to them across the sea, entered the church and placed on the altar. Immediately after that event a miracle, the party was accepted and celebrated. At the same place where he had appeared the Immaculate Conception was hung a painting of St. Luke wonderful, life-size depicting the Virgin Mary dressed in white and with a veil of the same color, which corresponded to clothing actually used in his life. I believe that painting was a gift from Rome and replaced in the church of Holy Mary to another half-length. I saw in England to introduce and celebrate the feast of the Immaculate Conception since ancient times.

At the feast of St. Nicholas had a vision in which an English priest who was on a ship on the high seas ran the serious risk of drowning in the waves. While all the sailors invoked the aid of the Divine Mother, I saw the figure of Bishop Nicholas in the air of Myra sent by Madonna, hovering on the turbulent waves, the vessel approached the English priest and offered salvation to the condition that he would introduce in Immaculate Conception celebration of England. When the priest asked what prayers should we raise, the Saint replied: "The same as those used on the occasion of the birth of Mary." After the feast was instituted it was assumed that the priest on the vessel in distress was a certain Anselm.

I saw the solemnity introduced in France and St. Bernard in his writings because they oppose the party had not been made official by Rome."


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