The Holy Spirit as Sanctifier
Reprinted February 2006
“Do not hurt them! They are the children of Encharria, daughter of the Duke of Syria!” The handmaid cried. She feared the loss of her masters who she depended on. As a female, her maternal instincts superseded the threat to her own safety. Loyalty made her persevere. She was listed as Marcella, one of the seventy nine passengers on board the ship without sails, rudder or oars that was set adrift in the hazardous Mediterranean Sea from Jerusalem by non-Christians some fourteen years after Jesus Christ’s crucifixion. With her were three royal siblings. The man was in the military but was a personal friend of Christ. One of the sisters visited Tiberius Ceasar in Rome three years after the Resurrection bearing an egg on which was written “Christ is risen”. Tiberius said that no man could have risen from the dead anymore than the egg in her hand would turn red. It promptly did. She discussed the unfair handling of Jesus’ trial by Pontius Pilate. The latter was thereafter moved to a different assignment. In the meantime, the Apostles left to minister in different countries. By the time of arrival of the group in Marseilles, France, persecution of Christians was intense. The pilgrims including Cidon or Sidonius, the man born blind and led and baptized by St. Maximin. were allowed to disembark but had to take refuge under the porch of a temple. They received no offer of food or other aid from the local residents. Eventually, the people started listening to the sister who brought the egg to Rome. In another account of the same event, Marcella was listed as Sera. Perhaps her name was shortened to Cella and later degenerated to Sera or some of the people only heard “They are the children of Encharria, daughter of the Duke of Syria.”
Although the Holy Spirit entrusted the royal trio to the care of St. Maximin and obviously guided them. floating from Jerusalem to Marseilles was probably the natural fate of a vessel set to drift away from the eastern end of the Mediterranean. The wind blows from North to West directing the ship westward and keeping it in the straighter, wider, southern, lower half of the sea. There is an abrupt drop in elevation of the Atlantic Ocean floor right after the straits causing the Mediterranean to crash down like a waterfall cascading from over the straits to the beginning of the much lower Atlantic floor. This creates a rapid westward flow at the junction of the two bodies of water. The warm Mediterranean aquatic temperature makes the water more saline, denser and thus heavier compared to that of the Atlantic which is cold, less saline and thus lighter and flows on the surface as the two specimens meet. Mediterranean water flows outward to the Atlantic while the cold Atlantic water flows on the surface inwards over the Mediterranean water. A warm undertow goes outwards from east to west and a cold surface flow enters the narrow opening between the two areas moving from west to northeast where there is more space. Jets of water exiting from inland rivers help keep floating bodies away from nearby shorelines. It is the turbulence caused by colliding circuits that can cause navigation problems and increase the possibility of a shipwreck. Maybe the ship was equipped with an anchor to prevent it from escaping before all the doomed passengers and their Christian paraphernalia along with the body of St. Anne could get on board. Then the anchor could be dropped or lifted as needed to stop or go depending on the changes in direction of water current. Smuggled ancient portable equipment and seafaring expertise may have also been available. They lived in the shores of Galilee, home of gentiles and seafarers skilled in navigation of waters prone to frequent and sudden violent storms secondary to seismic and other underwater activity. The earth’s constantly shifting magnetic fields and and subsurface tornadoes fool the eye of the observer from land, air and outer space. Atlantis was in the area and disappeared during a big earthquake. The Mediterranean was an enclosed inland sea or huge lake as the Galilee is. Something bit off a piece of the brim of the basin at the western end opening a gate to the Atlantic. Indeed, evidence of ancient ruins were found recently close by between Crete and Santorini. The maternal royal grandfather was once the duke of maritime places. The royal trio may have been accompanied by contacts loyal to the family and provided expert help. The sister who met Tiberius Ceasar traveled all the way ro Rome. She may have recalled the course taken at least to that point.
By accident, choice or guidance of the Holy Spirit, the royal siblings avoided Rome and Christianized France. The sister who previously visited Rome eventually made believers out of the coastline residents then moved inland to preach. The other sister went even farther into the interior and opened a convent. The brother stayed in Marseilles for a while. After St. Maximin’s death, he became the first bishop of Kition, Cyprus. While he was there, he wrote a letter to the Blessed Virgin Mother mentioning how he missed her. She replied and suggested that he send a ship. He did.
Her arrival was not as fast as his response. She was delayed by a storm at sea. According to tradition, she and her traveling companions, including St. John and other disciples, drifted away from their course as far as Greece. She actually visited Mt. Athos where after converting the idolaters, she invoked her Son’s blessing and protection for all those who, in the future, were to “fight the good fight of faith” (as monks and ascetics) on the mountain. She then sailed to Larnaca, ancient Kition. When she finally showed up, she presented the royal brother with a white miter made from the fabric that she herself wove. This was sometime in 50 AD plus or minus some years. On her way back, she supposedly stopped in Jerusalem and stayed for a while.
It was while in Cyprus that the brother died and stayed dead. His sepulcher and relics are there.
Last Updated 16 March 2006
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Magdalena D. Guerrero, M.D. (dr G)