Moscow. 19 Dec. INTERFAX – Known in the Catholic world the miracle of St. Januarius happened in day of memory of Martyr on the Saturday of the ceremony in Naples, what makes believers think about the future in 2017 the disaster, the newspaper “Stampa”.
It is known that three times a year on the relics venerated by the Christians of St. Januarius is a miracle of the liquefaction of dried fluid, which is the blood. The miracle occurs when you retrieve a closed vessel in which is stored the blood, and place it near the reliquary with the head of Januarius in the Cathedral of Naples.
In the Catholic Church, a miracle takes place three times a year during the Saint’s feast day on Saturday before the first Sunday in may – the first transfer of the relics of Januarius from Pozzuoli to Naples (V century), 19 September – the day of the martyrdom of the Holy and 16 December (the salvation of Naples from an eruption of mount Vesuvius in 1631).
However, in the history of the XX century are known cases, when the miracle did not happen: in 1939 – before world war II, 1944 – before the eruption of Vesuvius in 1980 – before the strong earthquake.
In this regard, among the faithful there were fears whether the absence of a miracle ominous portent of future social or natural disasters.
The Abbot of the Neapolitan chapel of Vincenzo de Gregorio rushed to reassure the flock and warned her from depression: “We don’t have to think about catastrophes and disasters. We are people of faith and we must continue to pray.”
Saint Januarius is traditionally considered the patron Saint of Naples. He lived in the end of III – beginning of IV century ad was descended from an aristocratic family, in his youth, converted to Christianity and became the first Bishop of Benevento in the Italian region of Campania. During the reign of the Roman Emperor Diocletian, Bishop was persecuted for the faith. Januarius and his companions were arrested and thrown into the oven, but they remained unharmed. Then gave them to the lions, but the beasts were not to attack them. In the end, it was decided to decapitate Gennaro and caught him with other Christians. It happened on 19 September 305.