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El Alamein - Revealing the Secret Turning Point of World War II

 
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El Alamein - Revealing the Secret Turning Point of World War II
During World War II, General Montgomery who was the commander of the Allied forces in Africa, had a dream. He dreamt that he saw a battle raging between the Allies and the Germans, and a man pointed his hands, and the more he made the movement, the more the German forces were defeated. He continued pointing his hand, until they were completely defeated. When Montgomery asked this man about his name, he replied ‘Mena'. This was several days before the decisive battle of Alamein, in which Montgomery triumphed over the Germans.
The battle of Alamein took place in the western dessert of Egypt, near an abandoned historical town named Maryut. Maryut is the place where St Mena the Wonder Worker was buried and it is where today stands a great Monastery built after his name, whose fame is spread across Christians all over the world.
This was holy ground. The battle of Alamein did not take place in an unknown dessert location, it took place on ground that was blessed since the third century with the relics of a great Saint, where countless miracles were performed and where great Cathedrals were erected in his name.
In 1942, Patriarch Christopher II of the Greek Church in Egypt issued a declaration saying that "the military events of El-Alamein took place close to the burial site of St Mena and that they believe that his blessings contributed to the victory of the Allies and the crushing defeat of the Axis."
Another story that was recorded in the book "The victorious in El-Alamein" by archimandrite Karalampus Visilopolo, mentioned that "Romel, the German leader of the axis forces proceeded towards Alexandria, until El-Alamein, where they camped. At midnight many of the pious people saw Saint Mena leading camels, as in his icon, to the German camp. It was difficult to describe the terror that struck the German soldiers, who were undefeated until this time. In that hour Hitler's authority ended as the troops retreated"
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The Miracle of Saint Menas in El Alamein in 1942

In June 1942, during the North-Africa campaign that was decisive for the outcome of the Second World War, the German forces under the command of General Rommel were on their way to Alexandria, and happened to make a halt near a place which the Arabs call El Alamein (the place of Menas). An ancient ruined church nearby in Abu Mena was dedicated to Saint Menas; there some people say he is buried. Here the weaker Allied forces, including some Greeks, confronted the numerically and militarily superior German army, and the result of the coming battle of El Alamein seemed certain.

During the first night of engagement, at midnight, Saint Menas came out of his ruined church and appeared in the midst of the German camp at the head of a caravan of camels, exactly as he was shown on the walls of the ruined church in one of the frescoes depicting his miracles. This astounding and terrifying apparition so undermined German morale that it contributed to the brilliant victory of the Allies.


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"Nobody knows martyr Mina, but we've seen him, because He has revealed himself in dreams or for real, on earth, air and water, night or day, to all who asked for help "- Abba Dorotheus from Romanian Skete Prodromos
Such relief, almost a century ago, the venerable Dorotheus, abbot of Athonite Skete Prodromu wonderful personality and thrilling ubiquitous martyr Mina between Christians yesterday and today ....
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The Skete Prodromos is a Romanian cenobitic skete belonging to the Great Lavra Monastery, located in the eastern extremity (called Vigla) of the Eastern Orthodox Monastic State of the Holy Mountain Athos.
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Interesting. First I had heard about this.
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St. Menas of Egypt was 3rd century Egyptian officer in Phyrgia under both Emperor Diocletian and Maximian. According to the OCA account “When the emperors began the fiercest persecution against Christians in history, the saint refused to serve these persecutors. He removed his soldier’s belt (a sign of military rank) and withdrew to a mountain, where he lived an ascetic life of fasting and prayer.”
Upon returning from his voluntary withdrawal from the world, he made a very bold denunciation of the pagan gods and suffered a martyr’s death after many tortures. Those who carried out his sentence tried to burn his body, but it wouldn’t burn. Christians carried the body away and at the spot of his eventual burial, many miracles occurred.
Because of this, the saint and his resting place became incredibly popular with pilgrims. There are very early icons (like this 6th century one in the Louvre) and flasks still in existence to show how widely regarded he was as an intercessor and wonderworker. The place where he was believed to be buried was called El-Alamein (the place of Menas) by the Arabs.
There is a very impressive fresco of the Miracle of Alamein at the Great Lavra Monastery on Mt. Athos. So they definitely feel like the saints deserve some credit.
But I think there’s a bigger picture here. A soldier who died in 304 was still alive in hearts and minds 1600 years later. As we sing “Memory eternal” concerning Orthodox saints, we should be willing to consider that when their memory is alive, there is power in that. The battles may come and go, but the war goes on.

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