The incorruptibility of the bodies of orthodox saints is a topic of controversy. The face and hands are important, as the public wants to see these parts during veneration. In this article, we look at St. Rita of Cascia, St. Dmitri of Dallas, and St. Victoria.
St. Rita of Cascia
Some Catholics and Eastern Orthodox Christians believe that the bodies of deceased saints are incorrupt. This is due to the belief that the bodies of dead saints are preserved through supernatural means. Worshipers pay homage to these saints whose bodies do not decay.
There is an uncanny quality to the body of St. Rita. The nuns in her convent notice a sweet odor emanating from her body. It is stronger at certain times of the day than other times, and it perfumes the air. Nuns ring a huge bell to give thanks to God when they smell this sweet scent.
In 1879, St. Rita was canonized, making her the patron saint of the sick and abused. She is also the patron saint of heartbroken women and of abused wives. Her body is preserved in the Basilica of Santa Rita da Cascia.
According to tradition, incorrupt bodies of saints are kept in church collections. Some are preserved in reliquaries and other types of displays. Others are preserved in parts. Sometimes, a saint’s body remains are preserved as an image in wax.
Rita is a female saint who lived in the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries. She was a devoted Christian who was abused by her husband. During the years of their relationship, she prayed incessantly. In the midst of her abuse, she discouraged her sons from seeking revenge. After her husband’s death, St. Rita entered the convent in Cascia and bore twin sons.
St. Dmitri of Dallas
Archbishop Dmitri of Dallas, a native of Teague, Texas, was born in 1923. Although raised in a Baptist family, he was baptized in the name of the Holy Trinity at the age of twelve. His parents were devout Baptists and he was raised with a strong faith in Christ. Early in his life, he became enamored of the Holy Scriptures. His deep reverence for the Scriptures led him to convert to the Orthodox Church.
Archbishop Dmitri’s body was discovered uncorrupt after he passed away on August 28, 2011. His body was not embalmed and was discovered to be in good condition. It was moved to the Saint Seraphim Orthodox Cathedral in Dallas where he is buried. It was found to have no decay and a sweet-smelling fragrance emanated from the body.
During his episcopate, Archbishop Dmitri was devoted to the teachings of Jesus Christ. His writings on the Sermon on the Mount, Parables of Christ, and the Miracles of Christ are proof of this dedication. These publications were translated into several languages and have been well received by the faithful abroad.
The incorrupt bodies of orthodox saints are often the result of a long life in the Orthodox Church. It’s important to remember that we should treat our bodies with respect while we’re alive. In the same way, we should treat our bodies with dignity when we die. Being buried like Jesus is the most beautiful way to say goodbye.
Saint Victoria is a well-known example of a saint whose incorrupt body is not completely intact. The saint was martyred, but thankfully, the body was not entirely destroyed. Instead, the incorrupt body was supplemented with parts from other people, including hair and clothing. In fact, parts of the body are visible through the wax facade.
Her relics were discovered in 1897. They were taken to the church of Faith and Sophia in Saint Petersburg. Later, they were returned to the Svir Monastery where they continue to perform miracles. Throughout history, relics of saints have been revered for their miraculous powers and the power to heal.
Another example of an Orthodox saint with an incorrupt body is King Solomon. The son of Alexander III, he sought to rule in an Orthodox spirit. His wife was the granddaughter of Queen Victoria of England. She converted to the Orthodox Church from Lutheranism. She also had a notable influence on many of her children, who grew up in modesty and kindness.
The incorrupt body of a saint is believed to contain the grace of God. It is the presence of this grace that enables the saint to heal, cast out demons, and cast out temptations. A truly authentic relic is considered to be a miracle.