No visit to Cyprus can be considered complete without undertaking a religious tour. The number of religious sites on the island is legion, having come down from the pre-Christ era to today through various empires and emperors, each markedly different from the preceding and the succeeding era. 4VIP Tour offer excursions and tours to the Monasteries of Kykkos, St.Cyprian and Justina, Holy Cross, and Stavrovouni and many more, since these most interesting and important Churches and Monasteries not only in Cyprus but in the whole World. People from all around the World come here to be cured from incurably sickness and find family happiness and wealth.
Cyprus is a small country, but big in its stories of miracles, visitations, pogroms and visions. Cyprus played an integral part in early Christian History, although the events of the first 400 years are often overlooked. Few people know that Christianity reached Cyprus well before Barnabas and Paul arrived or that both Barnabas and Lazarus are buried on the island. Paul performed his first miracle and received his name in Paphos.
Barnabas and Paul: After the Holy Spirit commanded Barnabas and Paul to go forth from Antioch and spread the Faith, they set sail for Cyprus. There they landed at Salamis and began to proclaim the Word of God, preaching the Good News, working wondrous signs and miracles in the island's synagogues on their way to Paphos. There they were confronted with Elymas, a Jewish civic leader and attendant to the Proconsul Sergius Paulus, who was the island's governor, appointed by the Senate of Rome. Elymas actively tried to prevent the pair from reaching the Proconsul. According to a strong local tradition, he even had Saul dragged to the synagogue, tied to a pillar, and whipped.
"Five times I received from the Jews the forty lashes minus one." [Corinthians 2 11:24]
Nevertheless, the Proconsul, 'a man of intelligence', insisted on a meeting with Barnabas and Saul to hear the Word of the Lord. It was during this meeting, in the Proconsul's audience chambers that Saul struck Elymas blind, converted Sergius Paulus to the Faith and received the name 'Paul' never to be called 'Saul' again.
One story that is not repeated too often is that of St. Andrew. The holy monastery of the apostle Andrew in Karpasia, Cyprus, lies in the Turk – occupied segment. According to tradition, Apostle Andrew’s ship ran aground in a storm. The apostle went down and struck the nearest rock for drinking water and immediately a stream started flowing. This blessed water also cured the blindness of the ship’s captain who returned to the spot years later and built a church in honour of St Andrew.
Towards the end of the 19th century, a poor Greek woman’s son was kidnapped by Islamic Turks. She prayed to God and almost 15 years later St Andrew approached her in her dream and told her to go to his church in Cyprus and she would find her son. She caught the next ship to Cyprus and started talking with a friendly Islamic group and revealed her quest. A few moments later one lad from that group called her aside and asked her, “How will you recognise your son?” She told him about her son’s birth marks and this boy tore off his clothes to show his birthmarks. He was her long lost son. She went to the church, thanked St Andrew and her son was reverted to Christianity from Islam by the church priest.
The lands of the Monastery of Agia Thekla leased to inhabitants of the surrounding villages by the Archdiocese. One of them was Church Steward Ioanikios from Mosfiloti, who -in 1867 -arranged for the decoration of the Saint Thekla's icon and kneeling desk. More specifically, Ioannikios. In particular, while Ioannikios was irrigating the Monastery's plantations, he noticed that the ground subsided at some spot and it absorbed a significant amount of water. He then crossed himself and exclaimed, “Saint Thekla, if I find something, I will cover you with gold.” Indeed, when he dug in that venue he discovered a clay pot filled with golden, Venetian coins -a fact that allowed him to fulfill his solemn promise. He then invited the artisan Hadjigiannis who made the cover of the icon to engraved the sign, ‹‹Expenses generously paid by the supervising Church Steward Ioannikios Papageorgiou 1867››. The icon had a crown decorated with silver, which was a donation by the nation's martyr Kypros Kyprianou in 1816. “Oh, Thekla, accept this crown as a gift, which is brought to you by Kyprianos Kyprou A-Ω-Ι-ΣΤ'.\” Ioannikios made provisions so that the crown would be placed onto the Saint's icon, where it is until today.
Cyprus was visited by the Theotokos, Virgin Mary, who stayed on as a guest of Jesus’ good friend Lazarus, the only man to have lived, died and be buried twice. Her presence was the fount of many stories of deliverance of people stricken with maladies. St. Helena, who had discovered the three crosses of that fateful Friday visited Cyprus by default after her ship was forced aground in a violent storm. She had with her the three Crosses, pieces of which she donated in her visits. She also left behind a part of the bloodstained tope with which Jesus had been tied to the cross.
After two miracles had been recognised in Greece on 10 and 11 November 2007, another was recorded in the case of a family from Limassos. The story is astounding!