Archaeologists Discover St. Nicholas Holy Oil in Bulgaria - Report

Archaeology | September 19, 2012, Wednesday // 18:38|  views

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Bulgarian archaeologists suppose they might have discovered manna from the relics of St. Nicholas, said Bulgarian National Museum of History director Bozhidar Dimitrov.

Dimitrov referred to a finding of a small covered pot in the relic-container of the ancient St. Nicholas the Wonderworker Church in the town of Sozopol on the Black Sea.

"The small jug contains some fluid and we have reasons to believe it is myrrh from St. Nicholas," said he after talking to the archeology team leader Dimitar Nedev.

Dimitrov recalled that a flask of such myrrh, manna, or holy oil, is extracted from the relics, which are kept in Bari, Italy, once every hear.

"We have grounds to believe that one of the Byzantine emperors controlling Sozopol after the 11th century has requested such a manna container," said Dimitrov.

The St. Nicholas Church researched in Sozopol was built in the 6th century, later destroyed, and then reconstructed in the 11th c.

Three Byzantine emperors' seals have been uncovered by archaeologists in the church so far.

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