in the month of December 2000, I had a discussion with the Reverend
Presbyter Demetrios Serfes in Boise, Idaho USA, and sent him
a copy at his humble request for the Weeping Icon of the Mother
of God, at the Nicula Monastery, I also indicated to Father
Demetrios I would send him more information about the holy icon.
As I humbly present you this spiritual account of the weeping
icon of the Mother of God, I piously ask for your prayers, and
remembers you in prayer.
the most holy treasures that have enlightened the life of the
Orthodox Christians from Translvania, is the Holy Icon of the
Mother of God from the Romanian Orthodox Nicula Monastery. Around
this Holy Icon have gathered, as to bastion of freedom and peace,
generations and generations of Romanian Orthodox Christians. For more than three centuries, the most venerated icon has
brought comfort and support to many shattered souls that prayed
of the holy relic begins in 1681 with the pious priest Luca
(Luka) from Iclod. He continued an old tradition of these places,
painting icons for the faithful, true Scriptures given to the
people for eternity. After a few years the Holy Icon was
brought from the priest by a peasant and given to the church
in Nicula. On the 15th of February 1694, a few Austrian officers
came into the church while they were admiring the Holy Icon
they saw it was weeping
real tears were coming out of
the eyes of the Holy Mother of God. They ran and brought the
priest and all the villagers and they all saw the tears that
were falling on the ground. The Holy Icon kept weeping for 26
days, people would come and wipe the tears. There were many
sick people that came touched the tears and were healed and
none of the ones that saw the Holy Icon died of a violent death.
years the icon was taken by a Hungarian count to his castle,
but the Romanian peasants asked it back and threatened the count
with the burning of his castle if the icon was not returned.
The Emperor from Wien decided that the icon will be put in a
new church which will be a part of a monastery, built by the
count, close to the Nicula village. The count built the church
on the hills above Nicula and put the icon there.
when the communists came to power in Romania, the Romanian Orthodox
Church was persecuted, priests were imprisoned, churches burned
to ashes and people were not allowed to go to pray or attend
the Holy Services. The monks from Nicula were scared that the
icon be again taken away from them, so they hid it in a small
village near the monastery. It stood there for almost twenty
years, but finally the authorities found out about it.
pious Bishop Teofil of Cluj took it away from the hands of the
atheists and brought it to the chapel of the Orthodox Theological
Seminary of Cluj where it stayed until all the evil ones perished. On the 24th of March 1992 in one of the most incredible pilgrimages
the icon was taken back to the Monastery of Nicula. Everyone
walked more than 30 miles to get to the Monastery, singing hymns
to the Theotokos all the way to the Monastery. Every year
on the 15th of August, hundreds of thousands of Orthodox Christians
gather at the Holy Monastery of Nicula and praise the Icon and
venerate the Holy Mother of God. Throughout the centuries, the
Holy Icon has made many miracles, to all that came to ask for
help and guidance.
going on the pilgrimage to the Holy Monastery of Nicula is the
most moving moment of the year. Everywhere you look, there are
people praising and singing, everyone's eyes are glowing with
joy. The Earth is united with Heaven in prayer. Glory be to
God for all things!
Christ Our Lord, Seminarian Marius
Visit The Monastery Of Nicula, Romania.