«What are you smeared?»: so if the incorruptible Holy relics

© RIA Novosti / Sergey Pathiterator in photovacation of Moscow and All Russia Kirill at the Holy relics of Sarov Serafima«What are you smeared?»: so if the incorruptible Holy relics© RIA Novosti / Sergey Pathiterator in photobacteria she said

On Sunday, the Russian Buddhists will worship his master – Khambo Lama Dashi-Dorzho Dashi-Dorzho Itigelov. One of the most prominent Buddhist religious figures of the early twentieth century, he died 90 years ago. And, according to legend, before his death bequeathed to his disciples «to visit his grave after 75 years.» After that I meditated and died, «lost in Nirvana». Lama was buried in cedar cube in the Lotus position. And found absolutely intact, revealing the burial many years later. In 2008, it was solemnly carried to the temple of the Ivolginsky datsan in Buryatia. Since then, several times a year everyone is welcome to worship the imperishable body of his spiritual master.

Orthodox Christians and Catholics also have saints whose bodies over the years, or even centuries does not undergo decomposition.
When in 1995 President Yeltsin visited the Pskovo-Pechersk monastery, he was surprised by the lack of smell of decay in the caves, where the monks are buried. They say he even whispered Archimandrite: «Discover the secret — how do you keep them smear?»

Not all that Holy, incorruptible
«A Holy man might be incorrupt relics. This serves as an additional incentive for the people’s veneration, respect. But the incorruptibility of the body is not a sufficient condition in order that the man began to read the Orthodox Church. There is a huge amount of evidence — not related to the Holiness of bodies not decomposed by physical or some mysterious reasons. However, the main impetus for the glorification of man among the saints is, above all, the people’s veneration,» — emphasizes the leading Internet-project «Questions to a priest» in a network «the Jelica mountain» hieromonk Macarius (Markish).
Perhaps the most famous Christian Saint, whose relics revered throughout the Christian world — Nicholas, who died in the IV century. However, to see them – in contrast to the body of Hambo Lama Dashi-Dorzho Itigelov is impossible today: they are almost buried in the crypt of the Basilica of St. Nicholas in the Italian city of Bari.

But the incorrupt relics of his contemporary Spyridon stored on Corfu island in Greece, opened for the pilgrims. St. Spyridon lived in Cyprus, was famous for his good deeds: he is fed, clothed, gave shelter to the homeless and Wanderers. Died, the Saint had become in his old age at the time of prayer.

«It is important to understand that in Christianity there is the concept of honoring it of the personalities of the saints, not items, not relics. The remains are the only tangible media, representatives of the people», — stressed the representative of the Russian Orthodox Church.

Bishop Nektarios of Aegina, one of the most venerated Greek saints, died in the early XX century, says the father of Macarius. His remains more than 20 years, remained intact, and then quickly decayed into dust. Another famous Saint of the twentieth century — John (Maximovich), Bishop of Shanghai and San Francisco died in 1966. And in the early ‘ 90s the Commission for his canonization, on opening the tomb, documentary evidence of the incorruptibility of his remains.

According to him, there are several Catholic saints whose bodies do not subjected to decomposition. For example, Saint Bernadette Soubirous, who died in 1879 at the age of 35 years. The Catholic Church recognized the genuine assurances from the women that she was the virgin Mary. 11 years before the death of Bernadette entered the convent of the sisters of charity in Nevers, where she cared for patients and engaged in needlework. There they are preserved the mortal remains of a Saint.

And St. Catherine is Laboure, who died in 1876, since childhood, wanted to leave the monastery. In 1830 she entered the abode of the women’s religious congregation «Daughters of mercy» and dedicated his life to the care of the elderly. Today her incorrupt body rests in Paris.

However, priest Kirill Gorbunov has noticed that the imperishable relics may be considered only bodies that were not embalmed after death. Although the body of Pope John XXIII who died in 1963, was embalmed for preservation at the time of farewell, and today is still revered as the incorruptible relics. However, the effects used in the embalming preparations is long over, and resting in the Vatican St. Peter’s Basilica, the Pontiff today seems to be just sleeping.

© RIA Novosti / Sergey Pathiterator in Photobacterium of the relics of St. Nicholas from Italy to Russia«What are you smeared?»: so if the incorruptible Holy relics© RIA Novosti / Sergey Pathiterator in Photobacterium of the relics of St. Nicholas from Italy to Russia

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