The visions of Christ and the apparitions of the Holy Virgin during the ecstasies had ceased, following the last two messages: the one of Christ on Holy Saturday, April 14th, 1990: " ... but you, My daughter, will not hear My voice until the Feast (of Easter) is unified." and the one of the Holy Virgin Mary on November 26th, 1990, eve of the 8th anniversary: " Do not fear, My daughter, if I tell you that you are seeing Me for the last time until the Feast (of Easter) is unified. Therefore, tell My children: Do they want to see and remember the wounds of My Son in you (yes or no)? If it does not pain them to see that you are suffering doubly, I Myself, am a Mother, and it pains Me to see My Son suffering repeatedly. Remain in peace, remain in peace, My daughter. Come, so that He may give you peace, so that you may spread it among the people. As for the oil, it will continue to manifest itself on your hands to glorify My Son Jesus, whenever He wishes and wherever you go. We are with you and with everyone who wishes the Feast (of Easter) to be one." Since that day, the exudation of oil from the hands of Myrna has increased. Since many people wish to see Myrna, listen to her testimony and pray with her, Myrna has received several invitations from people responsible in various Christian churches throughout the world. Her travels have started in Syrian towns and villages and in neighboring countries (Lebanon, Jordan, Cyprus) then extended to Europe (France, Holland, Germany, Portugal, Spain, Italy and Belgium), Africa (Egypt), America (United States and Canada) and Australia. Throughout these travels, the signs, such as oil exuding from her hands and from reproductions of the Icon of Our Lady of Soufanieh, were present most of the time. They would always trigger a movement of ecumenical prayers in which all Christian communities would participate. These trips have become an integral part of the life of Soufanieh, further to the message of November 26th, 1987, during which the Lord told Myrna: " Go and preach to the whole world and tell them without fear to work for unity". Eleven year later, in 2001, Myrna experienced the stigmata, had an ecstasy and received a message from Jesus Christ. The Icon also oozed oil.
If one judges the tree by its fruits, the seeds have already begun to appear: the upbringing of a generation belonging to Jesus and Mary which prays, forgives, gathers, announces the Immanuel and learns to live in faith, unity and love so as to fulfil the unity of Christians in the hearts and unify the Feast of Easter.
The Holy Virgin Mary has appeared five times: ♥ Wednesday December 15th, 1982: no message, Myrna runs away, frightened. ♥ Saturday December 18th, 1982: first message published in literary Arabic. ♥ Saturday January 8th, 1983: one word pronounced in dialectal Arabic. ♥ Monday February 21st, 1983: second message, private message pronounced in dialectal Arabic. ♥ Thursday March 24th, 1983: third message - message pronounced in literary Arabic.These messages are in full harmony with the Gospel through their deep spiritual meaning and their pressing appeal to faith, love, announcing the Immanuel, repentance, humility, joy in the Lord, mutual forgiveness and Unity of the Church and especially the unity of the feast of Easter.
All apparitions have taken place at night, on the terrace. Only Myrna saw the Holy Virgin. An intense atmosphere of prayer and peace around her and throughout the house prevails during the apparitions. The apparition manifests itself on the horizontal branch of an eucalyptus tree situated at the edge of the river about fifteen yards (meters) to the south of the house. A globe of light appears first, then opens, enabling the sight of a blue crescent high above that disappears once the Holy Virgin appears. The Holy Virgin is first sitting on the branch, then She stands up and walks towards the terrace of the house, leaving behind Her a wake of light. She crosses the iron railing and stops on the terrace. The passage of the Holy Virgin through the iron railing has raised a problem to Myrna: "How can a human body cross an iron railing ?" She is dressed in white, with a blue belt, covered with a sort of hood forming part of the dress and wearing on her right shoulder, a blue shawl (similar to the painting of the Assumption by Murillo). She holds in Her right hand between the index and the annular a rosary of crystal color. The right arm is folded at the height of the chest, the left arm down by Her side. Her feet are invisible. The Holy Virgin delivers Her message to Myrna and what She says is inaudible to the persons present. Myrna repeats slowly the message just heard. At the end of the vision, the Holy Virgin returns to the eucalyptus, moving backwards. Once on the branch, She disappears first, then the globe.
Since November 22nd, 1982, a simple home of the Christian neighbourhood of Soufanieh in Damascus, is the scene of phenomenons which make its inhabitants relive the graces of the first Christians. Damascus, famous city in the history of Christianity, marked by the conversion of Saint Paul (Ac. 9,3-6), where one finds St-Anania's chapel, one of the first disciples of Christ (one of the 72 mentioned by Saint Luke) who has been entrusted by the Lord to go and lay his hands on Saul of Tarsus so that he recovers his sight (Ac. 9, 10-19). Damascus where in its vicinity, the inhabitants of the village of Maaloula speak to this day the Aramaic language spoken by Christ. Damascus, which shelters within the walls of the Omayyad Mosque, the mausoleum of Saint John the Baptist.
Damascus which lives unexplained staggering events which follow one another at an amazing rythm: oozing of oil from a replica of an icon of the Virgin Mary (referred to as "Icon"), exudation of oil from the face and hands of Myrna Nazzour, a young, normal and well-balanced eighteen year old woman, married in mid-May 1982, who is living the Passion of Christ with stigmatas and having visions of the Virgin Mary during ecstasies. The first event started on November 22nd, 1982. Myrna was praying with other members of her family while visiting her ailing sister-in-law, when suddenly, she felt a strange and indescribable phenomenon: all her body was shivering as if some force was coming out from inside her (to quote her expression) Oil had just started to exude from her hands for the first time. The second event to take place in the home of Myrna and Nicolas in Soufanieh, started on November 27th, 1982, coinciding with the anniversary date of the apparition of the Virgin Mary to Saint Catherine Labouré in 1830, at the rue du Bac in Paris, France. Oil started to exude from a small replica of the icon of the Virgin of Kazan (6x8cm / 2.4x3.2 inches), bought by Nicolas in July 1980, at the Alexandre Nevsky Orthodox church in Sofia, Bulgaria. This oozing of the Icon slowly followed the rythm of the liturgical cycle of the Christian feasts and lasted until November 26th, 1990 (a). During these years, the oozing of oil was interrupted from November 27th , 1985 to November 25th, 1986, but the atmosphere of peace and prayers never stopped. During this period, not one drop of oil exuded and no apparitions occurred. This period explains part of Christ's message on November 26th, 1985: " ... and if My absence lasts, and the light disappears from you, do not fear, this will be for My glorification. " (a) The Icon oozed again during Holy Week 2000 when Easter was celebrated in common among Catholics and Orthodox.
Mary Kourbet Al-Akhras, known as Myrna in her family is born in 1964, from Greek-Catholic father and a Greek-Orthodox mother. Normal childhood. She has never had any serious sickness nor accident. She studies in Christian schools, Catholic or Orthodox, also in government schools. Average intellectual level. She leaves school a year before completing the unified Syrian baccalaureate diploma. Religious knowledge very elementary. Of jovial character, she marries Nicolas Nazzour, a Greek-Orthodox, mid-May 1982, six months before the start of the phenomenon on Saturday, November 27th, 1982, on the eve of the first Sunday of Advent.
♥ Oil exudes from Myrna during prayers or while speaking about the phenomenon or during ecstasy. ♥ Oil flows on Myrna's hands, face, neck, eyes, stomach (3rd day of a triduum of absolute fasting, November 26th - 29th, 1984), feet (once). ♥ Oil flows from people's hands outside the family and Syria but always in relation to the phenomenon of Our Lady of Soufanieh.
"The oil is a sign of abundance, of joy. It purifies and soothes. It is the sign of healing and comforting. It strengthens and brings out the light. Oil is the pre-eminent sacred sign. It is synonymous with and the symbol of the Holy Spirit. The Holy Chrism - used in the anointing of which is the sacramental sign and seal of the Holy Spirit, it is used during baptism, confirmation, ailment and ordination."
In Syria, Lebanon, Jordan, Irak, Beit Sahour (Palestine), Venezuela, Switzerland, United States of America, Canada, France, Holland, Germany, Belgium, Australia, Haiti and other Arabic Countries.
During prayer (before or after) but not every time that Myrna or other persons pray, . during ecstasies (for Myrna), . during a wedding or while presenting condolences, . during a conversation on the Holy Virgin, but not always, . From the replica of the icon or its photographic reproductions outside of all prayer, in Christian and sometimes Muslim houses.
Six scientific analyses have been conducted on this double source of oil (the one from the replica of the icon and the one from Myrna's body): two in Syria, two in Germany, one in Paris, France and one in Rome, Italy. The results are identical:
Given Myrna's state of panic, the first message was given to her on the second apparition.
My children, Remember God, because God is with us. You know all things and yet you know nothing. Your knowledge is an incomplete knowledge. But the day will come when you will know all things the way God knows Me. Do good to those who do evil. And do not harm anyone. I have given you oil more than you have asked for, but I shall give you something much more powerful than oil. Repent and have faith, and remember Me in your joy. Announce My Son the Emmanuel. He who announces Him is saved, and he who does not announce Him, his faith is vain. Love one another. I am not asking for money to give to churches, nor for money to distribute to the poor. I am asking for love. Those who distribute their money to the poor and to churches, but have no love, those are nothing. I shall visit homes more often, because those who go to church, sometimes, do not go there to pray. I am not asking you to build Me a church, but a shrine. Give. Do not turn away anyone who asks for help.
The Virgin was crying. She told Myrna: "It's all right." Myrna was also crying, while shouting, "The Virgin is crying!" At last, the Virgin withdrew, but before disappearing, She smiled softly.
My children, Let it be said between us, I have come back here. Do not insult the haughty who are devoid of humility. The humble person craves other people's remarks to correct his shortcomings, while the corrupt and haughty neglects, rebels, becomes hostile. Forgiveness is the best thing. He who pretends to be pure and loving before people, is impure before God. I would like to request something from you, a word that you will engrave in your memory, that you shall always repeat: God saves me, Jesus enlightens me, the Holy Spirit is my life, thus I fear nothing. Is it not so, My son Joseph ? Forbear and forgive. Forbear much less than the Father has forborne.
My children, My mission has ended. That night, the Angel told Me: "Blessed are thou amongst women." And I was only able to tell Him that "I am the Servant of the Lord." I am happy. I Myself do not deserve to tell you: "Your sins are forgiven." But My God has said it. Establish a church. I did not say: "Build a church." The Church that Jesus adopted is One Church, because Jesus is One. The Church is the kingdom of Heaven on earth. He who has divided it has sinned. And he who has rejoiced from its division has also sinned. Jesus built it. It was small. And when it grew, it became divided. He who divided it has no love in him. Gather! I tell you: "Pray, pray, and pray again!" How beautiful are My children when they kneel down, imploring. Do not fear, I am with you. Do not be divided as the great ones are. You, yourselves, will teach the generations THE WORD of unity, love and faith. Pray for the inhabitants of earth and Heaven.
Do not fear, all this is happening to glorify the name of God. Do not fear, in you I shall educate My generation.
Go down and tell them that you are My daughter before being theirs... My heart has been consumed over My only Son. It will not be consumed over all My children.
This is all I want. I have not come to separate. Your married life will remain as it is... Would you like to come to Me?... Come... Your willingness (to come to Me) is enough.
My daughter, I am the Beginning and the End. I am Truth, Freedom and Peace. My Peace, I give you. Your peace shall not depend on what people say, be it good or bad, and think little of yourself. He who does not seek people's approval, and does not fear their disapproval, enjoys true peace. And this is achieved through Me. Live your life, contented and independent. The pains you have incurred for Me shall not break you. Rather, rejoice. I am capable of rewarding you. Your hardships will not be prolonged, and your pains will not last. Pray with adoration, because Eternal life is worth these sufferings. Pray for God's will to be done in you, and say: Beloved Jesus, Grant that I rest in You above all things, above all creatures, above all Your angels, above all praise, above all rejoicing and exultation, above all glory and honour, above all heavenly hosts, For You alone are the Most High, You alone are the Almighty and Good above all things. May You come to me and relieve me, and release me from my chains, and grant me freedom, because without You my joy is not complete, without You my table is empty. Only then will I come to say: Here I am, because you have invited Me.
The Virgin Mary entrusts Myrna with a secret: "This is between you and Me until your death." Myrna remembers from the message only the following words: "Live your life, but let not life prevent you from continuing to pray."
The Church is the kingdom of Heaven on earth. He who has divided it has sinned. And he who has rejoiced from its division has also sinned. I am happy: do not fear, I am with you. In you I shall educate My generation.
Happy anniversary. It is always a feast for Me whenever I see you all gathered together. Your prayer is My feast. Your faith is My feast. The union of your hearts is My feast.
I am the Creator. I created Her, so that She could create Me. Rejoice from the joy of Heaven, because the Daughter of the Father and the Mother of God and the Spouse of the Spirit is born. Exult from the exultation of the earth, because your salvation is fulfilled.
My daughter, Do you wish to be crucified or glorified? Answer: Glorified. Christ smiles and says: Do you prefer to be glorified by the creature or the Creator? Answer: by the Creator. Christ: This is realized through Crucifixion. Because each time you look at the creatures, the eyes of the Creator move away from you. My daughter, I want you to apply yourself to praying and to humble yourself. He who humbles himself, God increases him in strength and in greatness. I was crucified out of love for you, and I want you to carry and bear your cross for Me, willingly, with love and patience, and (I want you) to await My arrival. He who participates in My suffering, I shall make him participate in My glory. And there is no salvation for the soul except through the Cross. Do not fear, My daughter, I shall give you from My wounds enough to repay the debts of the sinners. This is the source from which every soul may drink. And if My absence lasts, and the light disappears from you, do not fear, this will be for My glorification. Go to the land where corruption has prevailed, and remain in God's peace.
My daughter, How beautiful is this place. I shall build My kingdom and My peace in it. I give My heart to (all of) you so that I may obtain your heart(s). Your sins are forgiven, because you look towards Me. And in he who looks towards Me, I shall paint My image in him. Woe to him who represents My image but has ransomed My blood. Pray for the sinners. Because for each word of prayer, I shall spill a drop of My blood on one of the sinners. My daughter, let not earthly matters trouble you, because through My wounds you will gain eternity. I want to renew My Passion, and I want you to accomplish your mission. You will not be able to enter Heaven unless you have accomplished your mission on earth. Go in peace, and tell My children to come to Me any time, and not only when I renew the feast of My Mother. Because I am with them at all times.
I have given you a sign to glorify Me. Continue along this path and I am with you. For if you do not...
Love one another and pray with faith.
Do not fear, My daughter, in you I shall educate My generation. Pray, pray, and pray again! And if you pray, say: "O Father, through the merits of Your beloved Son's wounds, save us."
My daughter, She is My Mother from whom I was born. He who honours Her, honours Me. He who denies Her, denies Me. And he who asks something from Her, obtains because She is My Mother.
Mary*, is it not you that I have chosen, the quiet girl with a heart full of love and sympathy? I have noticed that you cannot endure anything for Me. I shall give you a chance to choose. Know that if you lose Me, you will lose the prayers of all those around you, and know that bearing the Cross is unavoidable. * Myrna's real name is Mary.
My daughter, I am pleased that you have chosen Me, not only in words. I want you to join My Heart to your gentle heart so that our hearts will unite. By doing so, you will save suffering souls. Do not hate anyone, so that your heart not be blinded by your love of Me. Love everyone as you have loved Me, especially those who have hated you and have spoken evil of you, because in so doing you will obtain glory. Continue in your life as wife, mother and sister. Do not worry about the difficulties and the pains that will afflict you. I want you to be stronger than them -- because I am with you -- otherwise you will lose My heart. Go and preach to the whole world and tell them without fear to work for unity. Man is not condemned for the fruit of his hands, but for the fruit of his heart. My peace in your heart will be a blessing for you and for all those who have cooperated with you.
My children, My peace I gave you, but what have you given Me? You are My Church and your heart belongs to Me, unless this heart has a god other than Me. I told you: The Church is the kingdom of Heaven on earth. He who has divided it has sinned. And he who has rejoiced from its division has also sinned. It is easier for Me (to accept) that an infidel believe in My name than that those who pretend to have faith and love swear by My name. It is in God alone that you must place your pride. Pray for the sinners who forgive in My name, and for those who deny My Mother. My children, I have given you all of My time, give Me a part of your time.
My daughter, I told you to overcome all your difficulties and know that you have endured only a few. Tell My children that it is from them that I demand unity, and I do not want it from those who act as if they were working for unity. Go and preach. And wherever you go, I am with you.
My daughter Mary, Why are you afraid even though I am with you? You must speak loudly to tell the word of truth about He who created you, so that My strength may be manifested in you. And I will give you from My wounds so that you will forget the hardships that people inflict upon you. Do not choose your path, because I have laid it out before you.
My children, Is everything you do out of love for Me? Do not say: What shall I do, because this is My work. You must fast and pray, because through prayer you face My truth and you confront all enemies. Pray for those who have forgotten the promise they made Me because they will say: Why did I not feel your presence, O Lord, even though You were with me? All I want is for you all to gather in Me as I am in each of you. As for you, My daughter, I will leave you. Do not fear if you do not hear My voice for a long time, but instead, be strong and let your tongue be a sword that speaks in My name. And know that I am with you and with you all.
Do not fear, My daughter. All this is happening to glorify the name of God. Rejoice, rather, because God has allowed you to come to Me so that I can tell you: Do not worry about what people say about you, but remain always in peace, because the creatures turn towards Me through you. Tell everyone to pray more because they need prayer to please the Father. May the blessings of God be upon you and upon all those who have cooperated with you out of love for Him.
My children, Jesus told Peter, You are the rock, and on it, I shall build My church. As for Me, I tell you now: You are the heart in which Jesus will build his UNICITY. I want you to devote your prayers to peace, from now until the commemoration of the Resurrection.
My children, You, yourselves, will teach the generations THE WORD of unity, love and faith. I am with you. But you, My daughter, will not hear My voice until the Feast (of Easter) has been unified.
My children, Pray for peace, and especially in the East, because you are all brothers in Christ.
Do not fear, My daughter, if I tell you that you are seeing Me for the last time until the feast (of Easter) is unified. Therefore, tell My children: Do they want or not to see and remember the wounds of My Son in you? If it does not pain them to see that you are suffering doubly, I Myself, am a Mother, and it pains Me to see My Son suffering repeatedly. Remain in peace, remain in peace, My daughter. Come, so that He may give you peace, so that you may spread it among the people. As for the oil, it will continue to manifest itself on your hands to glorify My Son Jesus, whenever He wishes and wherever you go. We are with you and with everyone who wishes the Feast (of Easter) to be One.
“My children … I have given you a sign for My glorification. Stay on your path, and I am with you. Otherwise, I will close the gates of heaven in your faces.  But here is Mother... suffering … praying … saying to me: ‘O Lord, You are love in its totality! And I say: ‘Do not despair, O Gate of Heaven, because I love them and I want them to respond to this love with giving.’  ‘My children: Strive to see yourselves as you truly are, and to see the extent of your faithfulness in achieving the unity of heart among yourselves. Adorn yourself with patience and wisdom. Don’t be afraid if you fail. Stay firm in hope. Trust Me. I will not abandon those who do My will.’ As for you, My daughter, be careful, and be armed with My grace. Be patient, wise, and humble. Offer up these pains with joy. I have said to you, ‘Your pains will not last long.’ Look to Me. You shall find peace and rest. It is I who strengthen you, I who desert  you, and I who pick you up to lead you to the joy of heaven. Persevere in prayer, and let your fasting be accompanied by meditation and solitude, and you will hear My voice in your heart.  Trust Me. I will not abandon you, your family, or anyone who participated  with you in My name  and for My sake.”
How beautiful is the family whose emblem is unity, love and faith. Its path is My path and My Mother is its support. My children, I am bestowing Myself upon you. The act of adoration, meditation, thanksgiving and spiritual guidance rejoice Me. But the whole is incomplete without your unity at the altar. I am giving you My Body and My Blood as a proof of My fidelity and love. Receive from Me this sacrament with trust and faith, because this sacrament comforts you, provides you with strength and wisdom and increases you in grace. Difficult days are coming. Turmoil within the Church. He, who does not enjoy true peace, will be in danger due to division. Do not surrender to failure, do not worry about the judgment of others on you, do not defend yourselves and seek only what I have prepared for you. I am the One who take care of you because you are the work of My hands. Prove your love to Me, because through love I walk at your side and through the sacraments I unite Myself to you. And do not forget that I am the reason of your existence on earth and I am the reason of your happiness in Heaven.
This is the Source from which every soul may quench. The Wound of My Heart is the Source of Love. As for the Wounds, they are due to a crime I did not commit.
This is my last commandment to you: Each one of you, return back home, however, hold the East in your hearts. From here a light emerged anew. You are its radiance in a world seduced by materialism, sensuality and fame, so much as to have almost lost its values. As for you, hold on to your Eastern identity. Do not allow your will, your freedom and your faith in this Orient to be taken away from you. This year, the Feast of Easter was unified. This is why we were expecting something to happen at Soufanieh. Myrna was in pain since early in the morning. At 11:45, she entered in her bedroom. Were also present: fathers Paul Fadel, Adel Théodore Khoury and Elias Zahlaoui, as well as a French priest, father Joseph Besnier and a Canadian priest, father Louis-René Gagnon M.S.C., in addition to numerous doctors and specialists from Germany (Riad Hanna), France (Philippe Loron), the United States of America (Antoine Mansour), from Norway (Knut Kvernebo, Cato Mork, Oivind Ekeberg) and from Sweden (Goran Solerud, Erik Haggblad). Media (TV) representatives were also onsite. They were: the Swedish TV3 station and the Lebanese LBC. A Danish theologian was also present, Dr Niels Christian Hvidt. Myrna's suffering was increasing as time went on. At 13:25, Myrna, half-conscious, half-unconscious, says: The Wound of My Heart suffices. A 13:55 Traces of blood on her top left-hand flank stained her blouse. The doctors measured the wound: 34mm (3.4 cm). Myrna did not see anything, however, she heard Jesus' voice.
The stigmata phenomenon manifests itself within the stigmatized person with the opening, in her / his body, of wounds (stigma) reminiscent of the five wounds of Christ, plus the crown of thorns. The wounds do not suppurate and the blood is pure. The stigmatization is accompanied with intense physical and moral suffering. It happens generally during the day, in remembrance of the Passion of Christ.
Soufanieh is living since November 27th, 1982 in an atmosphere of peace, joy, serenity and total gratuitousness, in spite of the various servitude that visits impose on the people of the house. At Soufanieh, prayer is the essence of all activity. In principle, two prayer services are celebrated daily: prayer of the rosary and a common prayer. Sometimes, there are three or four services.
Prayer has not ceased a single day since November 27th, 1982, regardless of the time or the circumstances; prayers to which Moslems participate spontaneously, since the Virgin Mary is held in such high esteem in Islam. People that come for the first time to Soufanieh are moved by the fervor of the believers. Entire lives are totally transformed. Spiritual conversions are very numerous and are much more important than physical cures, yet very real. As for Myrna, she has kept her ingenuity and her simplicity, despite the many opportunities which could lead her into becoming very haughty. She is the mother of two children: Myriam (born October 15th, 1986) and John-Emmanuel (born July 26th, 1988). Myrna, Nicolas and their children offer a remarkable example of Christian family. They are moving in their simplicity, their naturalness and the welcoming warmth of their home opened day and night to whomever comes to pray there. It is not easy to reconcile her apostolate with her other duties of wife, mother and sister. This is why she and her husband rely a lot on our prayers so she can remain faithful to the grace. I hereby declare not to give any theological meaning to the terms "stigmata, ecstasy, apparition". I use them solely for commodity purposes, since in that domain, the final word belongs to Our Mother, the Church. - Joseph Malouli, CM, Priest of the Holy Roman Catholic Church.