Skip to comments.Saints that are Incorruptible [Ecumenical]
Posted on 03/24/2014 8:18:07 AM PDT by Pyro7480
When a body is described as being incorrupt it means that it does not decay after death. The same cannot be said of a body that is well preserved or mummified, or has undergone an embalming process. Most such corpses become stiff, but incorruptible saints remain completely flexible, as if they are only sleeping....
There is a whole list of saints, however, whose bodies have been found to be incorrupt. Not all of them were Roman Catholics. The Russian Orthodox Church is well represented by such as St. Alexander of Svir, who was a monk, and by the martyrs of Vilnius, St. Anthony, St. John and St. Eustathios....
Cases of incorruptibility go back a long way. The first saint whose body was found to be incorrupt was St. Cecilia, who was martyred in AD 177. Her remains were moved to a new site in 822, and in 1599 an exhumation revealed her body to be incorrupt. Over the centuries more than 100 cases of saints whose bodies have remained incorruptible have come to light, sometimes, as with St. Cecilia, many years after their death....
In October, 1977, the canonization took place of an ordained Lebanese Maronite Catholic monk named Charbel Makhlouf. He had lived as a hermit from 1875 until his death at the age of seventy in 1898. With a reputation for holiness, he followed a strict fast and was devoted to the Blessed Sacrament. After his death, mysterious, dazzling lights were seen over his grave and pilgrims began to visit. His corpse which had been exuding sweat and blood was transferred to a special coffin, and hordes of pilgrims swarmed to the place seeking his intercession. They still do....
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This happens to other bodies an not just Christian Saints. So I think that this is a “miracle” is not likely.
Just posting this topic is antagonistic.
HEY MODS!! A GUY IS BEING NEGATIVE ON AN ECUMENICAL THREAD!!!!
If I remember correctly, the body of Paramahansa Yogananda (AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF A YOGI) did not decay when he died. I don’t think he was a Christian saint.
Also, in the book THE BONES OF SAINT PETER says they only found bones when they opened the crypt of Peter during a renovation of the Vatican.
You’re 1 to talk. ;-)
So how is the weather up there?
A winkey smiley face adds a nice tone of sincerity.
I bet examples can be found in all religions—It is a sign of a Holy Life.
Someone at church recently attended some sort of discussion forum at a local chapel, on this very topic. She claims that St. Joseph’s body in incorrupt but we don’t know where it is. Have you heard anything about this?
News to me.
I hear Stalin is still looking pretty good.
actually, he was embalmed, so that isnt going to count.
The yogi Paramahansa Yogananda was said to be incorrupt (http://www.starbridge.com.au/images/opt/aids.jpg) The body was in fact embalmed, but the claim indicates a value placed on incorruptibility.
Me too. She is attending "part 2" of the discussion tonight. I'll have more information on Thursday. She is an elderly woman with no computer or access to the internet. Hence, she relies completely on "hear say". Today she attended my Confirmation class and watched the power of the internet in the class. She was quite excited. Perhaps it will light a fire and get her connected.