Modern Miracle of Saint Nicholas

in Turkey

Relief for a Distressed Child

As told by Metropolitan Onuphry (Berezovsky), Metropolitan of Kiev and All Ukraine, Moscow Patriarchate

Saint Nicholas
Encaustic icon, Turkey
St Nicholas Center Collection

When I was in the city of Myra (within the territory of modern Turkey), our guide, a Turk, told us an amazing story about the intercession of St. Nicholas. 

Once she had to work with a group that had a little three or four-year-old boy. For some reason, he got cranky and began to cry. His crying grew worse and worse, and finally the child threw such a tantrum, that, as our guide said, he was crying both “on the inhale and on the exhale.” Everyone was afraid, not knowing what to do, but the child turned blue, dead in the eyes. 

Then Suma (our guide) turned to St. Nicholas: “Nicholas, we’re coming to see you, but this child’s not allowing us to; we should return, because he could die from such strong, constant crying. If you want us to come to you, make this child stop.” 

As soon as she prayed, the child stopped. The group arrived to St. Nicholas, and the child didn’t even make a peep. 

Suma told us of many other instances (she was Muslim, by the way) where St. Nicholas worked miracles by her prayers, and those of other Turks, who turned to him for help.


From “How His Beatitude Onuphry witnessed a miracle by the prayers of St. Nicholas the Wonderworker,” Orthodox Christianity, interview by Natalia Goroshkova, Pravlife, May 22, 2017.

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