False miracle Claims in Eastern Orthodoxy

The trend of miracles being taught in Geronda Ephraim's monasteries that later turn out to be hoaxes, or natural process that occur throughout the world and not exclusively in Orthodoxy
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Contrary to common perception the process of Rigor Mortis actually does reverse and the body returns to a flaccid state; the muscles losing their tightness in the reverse of how they gained it: i.e.: those larger muscles that contracted last will lose their stiffness first and return to their pre-Rigor condition.

Orthodox Monks Don’t Experience Rigor Mortis?

Contrary to common perception the process of Rigor Mortis actually does reverse and the body returns to a flaccid state; the muscles losing their tightness in the reverse of how they gained it: i.e.: those larger muscles that contracted last will lose their stiffness first and return to their pre-Rigor condition.

Elder Joseph of Vatopaidi  L: Repose with mouth open.  R: Afterwards, mouth closed and “smiling.”

Elder Joseph of Vatopaidi L: Repose with mouth open. R: Afterwards, mouth closed and “smiling.

In Geronda Ephraim's monasteries, it is taught that Fr. Seraphim Rose’s disciples manipulated his corpse to make it look peaceful.

Father Seraphim in blessed repose. His face was so peaceful and beautiful that the traditional face cloth was removed.

For years, St. Nektarios Monastery allowed pilgrims to venerate a "true piece of Holy Manna from the Old Testament." A novice with a theology degree, Vasili Datch, finally convinced the abbot that it was scripturally impossible that this "relic" was manna. A new reliquary was made without a spot for this "relic."

Panteleimon Datch on Scott Nevins Memorial

Stylianos Kementzetzidis, long time spiritual child of Geronda Ephraim & founder of Orthodox Kypseli Publishing House in Greece. He invented a number of "miracle & vision stories" of non-existent crypto-Christians suffering in Turkish prisons. He then went on a speaking tour to raise funds for these non-existent people, which in reality, was to save Orthodox Kypseli from going under.

The Concept of “Validation” in Geronda Ephraim’s Monasteries

Stylianos Kementzetzidis, long time spiritual child of Geronda Ephraim & founder of Orthodox Kypseli Publishing House in Greece. He invented a number of "miracle & vision stories" of non-existent crypto-Christians suffering in Turkish prisons. He then went on a speaking tour to raise funds for these non-existent people, which in reality, was to save Orthodox Kypseli from going under.

On the day of the raid, Fr. Tikhon (Hugh Fallon) admitted to smoking marijuana and having sex with other monks. Fr. Tikhon also said the monastery’s weeping icon was a fake. Fr. Tikhon wrote, “The money that came into the monastery was largely because of this hoax.”

The “Myrrh-Weeping” Icon of Our Lady of New Sarov, Waco, Texas

On the day of the raid, Fr. Tikhon (Hugh Fallon) admitted to smoking marijuana and having sex with other monks. Fr. Tikhon also said the monastery’s weeping icon was a fake. Fr. Tikhon wrote, “The money that came into the monastery was largely because of this hoax.”

Devotional card of another hoax "weeping" icon that occurred in Moscow, Russia, 1998

Weeping Icons (Joe Nickell, 2004)

Devotional card of another hoax "weeping" icon that occurred in Moscow, Russia, 1998

The substance was a non-drying oil (e.g., olive oil) applied to the surface. It was not freshly flowing and did not emanate from the eyes. The OPP fraud squad could not charge police as they needed to catch him in the act of applying it to the icon.

“Weeping” Icon in Toronto Greek Schismatic Church Exposed as Fraud (Joe Nickell, 1996)

The substance was a non-drying oil (e., olive oil) applied to the surface. It was not freshly flowing and did not emanate from the eyes. The OPP fraud squad could not charge police as they needed to catch him in the act of applying it to the icon.

The icon of the Virgin Mary which had been “weeping” from the crown area of the head since September 1996 (Sts. Irene, Raphael & Irene Greek Orthodox Old Calendar Church)

“Weeping” Icon in Toronto Greek Schismatic Church Exposed as Fraud (Joe Nickell, 1996)

“Weeping” Icon in Toronto Greek Schismatic Church Exposed as Fraud (Joe Nickell,

Hieromonk Panteleimon has a frontal suture, Hieromonk Gabriel does not (St. Anne’s Skete). Thus, persistent frontal (or metopic) suture is not an exclusively orthodox miracle that occurs to priests (or priest-monks)

Persistent Frontal Suture: A miracle exclusive to Orthodox Clergymen?

Hieromonk Panteleimon has a frontal suture, Hieromonk Gabriel does not (St. Anne’s Skete). Thus, persistent frontal (or metopic) suture is not an exclusively orthodox miracle that occurs to priests (or priest-monks)

Persistent Frontal Suture is found all over the world. Many times the skulls belonged to people who were non-Orthodox and even non-Christian. It's not an exclusive orthodox miracle "testifying to one's holiness."

Persistent Frontal Suture Once Again Misrepresented as an “Orthodox Miracle” and “Testimony of Holiness” (Geronda Evdokimos of St. Savvas Lavra)

Persistent Frontal Suture is found all over the world. Many times the skulls belonged to people who were non-Orthodox and even non-Christian. It's not an exclusive orthodox miracle "testifying to one's holiness.

if phosphorus is dissolved in an appropriate organic solvent, self-ignition is delayed, until the solvent has almost completely evaporated. Repeated experiments showed that the ignition can be delayed for half an hour or more, depending on density of the solution and the solvent employed.

The “Holy” Light of Jerusalem (Michael Kalopoulos)

Worshippers hold candles as they take part in the Christian Orthodox Holy Fire ceremony at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalems Old city May / Ammar Awad)

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