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This miracle of Saint Spyridon took place in Mandra, Greece in 1926.
It was 12/25 December, 1926. The State Church of Greece adopted the Papal calendar and with the help of the Greek government persecuted all those who did not accept the Papal calendar.
The faithful Orthodox Christians of Mandra woke up and headed to their Church to celebrate the Feast of Saint Spyridon. When they reached the Church they saw that the door to the Church had been secured with chains and the faithful could not enter. Before leaving the Church to return to their homes they stuck their candles on the door. As soon as the last person placed his candles on the door the chains broke and fell. The faithful, confirmed in their Faith, entered the Church and celebrated the Feast of Saint Spyridon.
The miracle was reported the next day by the newspaper “Skrip.”
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