The remains of an Orthodox priest named “St. John” is adored and venerated in the monastery of St. George in Wadi Qelt between Jerusalem and Jerico.
It would be grave injustice towards Roman Catholics, to claim that only they adore and venerates skull, corpses and bones. In fact the various Orthodox Churches do the same.
In the example of “St.John” located in a cave in the desert between Jerusalem and Jerico, it must also be added that the Roman Catholics at least cleanse their skulls, before putting them up for public display and worship-services.
Here are some few more pictures:
A few hundred years ago, Roman Catholic priests boiled exhumed corpses in lye to get the rotten and dead meat separated from the skeleton. What the priests did with all the boiled meat has been deleted from official Church history. But there are examples of the boiled meat being re-buried, and the skeleton of the “saint” cut into pieces and sold as relics.
It is great that many bloggers use Social Media to display what have been hidden in darkness for hundreds of years, believing they are writing about something “holy”. In this example from the monastery of St. George, the corpse is venerated as it looked when it was exhumed in 1960. Obviously pretty rotten, and absolutely not a venerable item for minor children.
Let us as adults take a deeper look at the official story, and some pictures.
In this cave – carved into the steep cliffs of the mountain, St. John spent his days in prayer and fasting, sleeping very little on a mat laid on a wooden board and eating little dry food. In this poor and lowly surrounding, St. John prayed for eight years, enduring cold, hunger, thirst, heat, diseases, deprivations and temptations of all kinds.
His holy body was placed in a tomb where he had prepared ahead of time. At his death, multitudes of birds had miraculously gathered at the monastery of St. George during the memorial service.
For twenty years, St. John’ body rested in the tomb of Saint Ann‘ Cave. In August 1980, by divine providence when his grave was opened, his body was found whole, incorrupt and fragrant. His relics were translated in great procession into St. George Monastery chapel and placed in a glass casket.
Even though the corpse have not been convincingly beautified, the Romanian Orthodox Church canonized the remains in 1992.
For his holy life, the Holy Synod of the Romanian Orthodox Church at its meeting in June 20th 1992, proclaimed the canonization of Blessed John among the saints under the name “St. John the New,” “St. John Jacob from Neamt” or “the Hotzebite”, his commemoration takes place on August 5/18 each year.
I am not sure “Orthodox Christians” pay any attention to the Bible, but rather live in lawlessness authorized by their priests and bishops. Jesus has the following message to all who consider this kind of tasteless religious sites for “places of holiness”.
“Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You are like whitewashed tombs, which look beautiful on the outside but on the inside are full of dead men’s bones and everything unclean.
Written by Ivar