Eat The Apple of Irene
Sometimes I think there is a blurry line between Greek Orthodoxy and Superstition. One example of this blurriness is the Apple of Saint Irene Chrysovalantou. Apparently if you eat a piece of apple, you will fall pregnant. I hope that I don’t offend anyone by saying this, but when I was told about the apple I related it to something superstitious. However, the Apple of St Irene comes directly from the Church and it is in fact a valid belief of Greek Orthodoxy. It is not a superstition.
Pray For A Baby
Perhaps you will notice a consistent theme in my blog posts lately. They are all about the same topics: babies, faith, hope and tradition. In my last post, I wrote about Mary Coustas and how she went to Panagia Tinos to Pray for a Baby. A little while ago I wrote about Praying to Saint Anna for a Baby and in this post I will explain more about Saint Irene and the miracle of her apple.
What is the Apple of Saint Irene Chrysovalantou?
Some women eat pieces of apple that have been blessed by the Church with the hope of falling pregnant.
Apples are taken to the Church on the Feast Day of Saint Irene which is on July 28th. The apples can be dried or fresh. Those Churches which are dedicated to Saint Irene will bless the apples and keep them for people, especially women, who need help. Before eating the apple it is important to fast for at least 3 days.
The apple is not just for women who want to fall pregnant, but for all who pray to Saint Irene Chrysovalantou.
Who is Saint Irene Chrysovalantou?
Saint Irene was the abbess of the monastery of Chrysovalantou during the ninth century. She was granted three apples from St. John the Theologian. She was told that by eating the apples all that her soul desired would be granted. Saint Irene fasted for 40 days without eating or drinking anything excepts for pieces of the apple. She lived to be 103 and even at such an old age she retained youthful beauty.
You can read more about the Life of Saint Irene Chrysovalantou on these websites:
- Mystagogy by John Sanidopoulos
- Orthodox Wiki – Irene Chrysoalantou
- The Self-Ruled Antiochian Orhtodox Christian Archdiocese of North America
Does the apple really work?
I ate the apple a few years ago and unfortunately it didn’t work for us. However I posted a question to our readers on Facebook and many women left comments and shared their own story about how they fell pregnant soon after eating the apple of Irene.
They say that you need to believe and have faith that it will work in order for it to actually work.
When it does work, it is a true blessing and some people will then honour Saint Irene by naming their child after her.
Do you know anyone who has eaten the apple?
Please share your comments.
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