When Demons Speak

 At St. Gerasimos’ Feast

St. Gerasimos of Cephalonia Feast Litany Miracles

 St. Gerasimos of Cephalonia Feast Litany Miracles

 

St. Gerasimos the New Ascetic of Kefallonia (+1579) is known as a renowned healer of the mentally ill and a grace-filled exorcist of the demon possessed. They flock to his holy shrine which contains his incorrupt relics to receive healing. His nickname is “Kapsalis” (“the burning one”), after the desolate place of Kapsala on Mount Athos, where the Saint lived as an ascetic.The demons cry out: “Kapsalis, you have burned us.”

 

 

St. Gerasimos of Cephalonia Feast Litany Miracles

St. Gerasimos of Cephalonia Feast Litany Miracles

 

An eye-witness: “When the priest was performing the Holy Unction, a demon-possessed woman was screaming in convulsions: ‘Is it not enough that the old priest that stays here doesn’t leave me in peace day or night, and today you with the oil, the two of you will burn me?’ As soon as she was anointed, the demon was so shaken that the woman fell down unconscious but she was freed by the grace of the Saint.”

 

St. Gerasimos of Cephalonia Feast Litany Miracles

St. Gerasimos of Cephalonia Feast Litany Miracles

Another: I happened to be traveling in Kefallonia during the feast of St. Gerasimos. When I arrived at the monastery, loud screams were coming from the demon possessed in the church, saying: “You are burning me, Gerasimos. You are burning me Kapsali.” Everyone understood in the church that there was a spiritual battle going on around them at that moment that they could hear but not see.

 

St. Gerasimos of Cephalonia Feast Litany Miracles

St. Gerasimos of Cephalonia Feast Litany Miracles

St. Gerasimos of Cephalonia Feast Litany Miracles

 

The Saint ‘Gets Up’!

St. Gerasimos of Cephalonia Feast Litany Miracles

St. Gerasimos of Cephalonia Feast Litany Miracles

St. Gerasimos of Cephalonia Feast Litany Miracles

St. Gerasimos of Cephalonia Feast Litany Miracles

St. Gerasimos of Cephalonia Feast Litany Miracles

St. Gerasimos of Cephalonia Feast Litany Miracles
St. Gerasimos of Cephalonia Feast Litany Miracles

A most solemn moment, as the Saint is ‘allowed’ in the vertical position

only during his Feast and Litany.

And His Litany

“As the sun you emerge from Your church Gerasimos, and with heaven’s angels you ascend the heights”.

St. Gerasimos of Cephalonia Feast Litany Miracles

St. Gerasimos of Cephalonia Feast Litany Miracles

On Aug 16 the Saint’s relics are carried in an upright position in a procession for 500 metres. The procession starts at the church and proceeds down a wide road lined with poplars as far as a spreading plane tree where there is a well which is said to have been dug by the Saint himself.

 

St. Gerasimos of Cephalonia Feast Litany Miracles

 

Tradition has it that Omala valley exclusively receives His Blessing. Many times it was attempted to remove Him from here, without success. A little further down on the road to Troianata, the location is called “podoria” and it is the place from where He could be moved no further. He would become heavy.

 

St. Gerasimos of Cephalonia Feast Litany Miracles

 

Among the procession, the Saint is in the middle, raised high, untouched by time, in His clerical robes which like His body did not perish in the grave.

St. Gerasimos of Cephalonia Feast Litany Miracles

 

“A five-branch plane tree and a deep well you left for us Gerasimos as an eternal sign”

 

St. Gerasimos of Cephalonia Feast Litany Miracles

 

He will rest at the Well that He dug, under the shade of the plane tree – The water in the Well will overflow and the leaves of the plane tree will thrush to greet The Master.

 

St. Gerasimos of Cephalonia Feast Litany Miracles

St. Gerasimos of Cephalonia Feast Litany Miracles

 

Hours before the litany begins, people struggle to secure a position to lay down anywhere along the procession’s way so that the Saint may pass over them. The Litany  is the peak of hope for miraculous healings.

 

 

St. Gerasimos of Cephalonia Feast Litany Miracles

 

St. Gerasimos of Cephalonia Feast Litany Miracles

St. Gerasimos of Cephalonia Feast Litany Miracles

 

 

A picture of one of the plane trees planted by St. Gerasimos

 

St. Gerasimos of Cephalonia Feast Litany Miracles

St. Gerasimos of Cephalonia Feast Litany Miracles

The older church containing the relics of St. Gerasimos is built directly over his cave and pilgrims are welcome to descend the ladder and squeeze through the tiny floor-level entrance that leads into the cave.

St. Gerasimos of Cephalonia Feast Litany Miracles

St. Gerasimos of Cephalonia Feast Litany Miracles

St. Gerasimos of Cephalonia Feast Litany Miracles

 

This August the Lord granted me the special blessing to take part in all this. An indelible pilgrimage for both the profound mourning that was searing my heart and the healing ointment of forgiveness that is still working wonders in my life.

 

 

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