Great wonders of a small house
When you climb the seven-kilometer mountain serpentine Nightingale mountain, not far from Ephesus in Turkey, this bustling ancient city and with it all the everyday problems remain somewhere far below. At the top of the mountain in the lush vegetation of coniferous trees hiding modest house of the virgin Mary – a famous Shrine, the land of world pilgrimage of Christians and Muslims, a place where miracles often occur. The Way of all who decided to touch the Holy of holies, lies first through the forest filled with the scent of pine needles, and then along the path along which olive trees grow. They were once planted by monks, learning about this sacred place. Today, young and old, healthy and sick come here to ask the virgin Mary for help or to thank for the miracle of healing. We join the motley crowd, which is made up of people of different nationalities and faiths: this is one of the few places on earth where everyone is truly equal. Despite the overcrowding, there is peace and tranquility, pilgrims slowly and respectfully lined up to get inside the house-temple, pray and get a blessing. According to scientists, the Foundation of the house dates back to I-III centuries ad. Information from the “gospel”, the book “Lives of the apostles” and various historical documents suggests that before the crucifixion of Jesus gave his mother in the care of the Apostle John the theologian, who moved Mary to a safe place and built her house on the Nightingale mountain, away from people. The structure is in the forest and surrounded by such lush vegetation that it could be found only with the help of a miracle. The miracle of revelation Happened in the eighteenth century far Turzii: a devout German Anna Katherina Emmerich, who never traveled outside Germany, saw the house of Mary in vision and described it in detail. But even after that, scientists took a long time to find the last refuge of the virgin. In 1891, with the help of villagers, the house was found, and 60 years later it was restored and turned into a chapel. We entered a sanctuary where hundreds of thousands of people, including several popes, prayed before us. It is said that one of the saints was so imbued with the atmosphere prevailing here that he promised remission of sins for seven years ahead to all who visit this house. Stone floor, brick vaulted ceiling, tables lined with thin candles along the walls, two plaques about the visit of Pope Paul VI and John Paul II, the altar with a bronze sculpture of the virgin Mary in the center – that’s the whole modest interior of the home of the virgin. Opposite the altar, a marble slab marks the place where the hearth was once. It is said that the coals and ashes found on its bottom have amazing healing power. As in the temple, it smells of incense, here do not penetrate the sounds from the outside. This place brings to mind the seclusion and seclusion in which Mary spent the last years of her life. Already at the exit we notice a small niche with gifts, among which there is a cross of the Pope. The miracle of fire rescue In August 2007, a fire spread along the Aegean coast. The fire began to climb the mountain and was so strong that pilgrims and locals had to be evacuated. When the flame went out, people came back and found that within a radius of two meters from the chapel of the virgin all burned out. The sanctuary remained untouched. An inexhaustible source of Bright light hits the eyes – we are again on the street, which now seems to us unusually bright, lively and noisy. From the house of Mary the path leads directly to the springs with water, “ayasma”, which means local “Holy”. According to the believers, water from the springs gives health, love and well-being. It can be taken with you, just think in advance about the containers for it. Even grab a small handkerchief or napkin to tell your secret dreams “Wall of desires”. The scheme is simple: write a wish on a piece of fabric or paper, look for a place on the ten-meter wall where to attach it (we hardly found free space for our modest petitions), and leave in the hope that your request will be heard. Pilgrims claim that Mary is not indifferent to people’s prayers.