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Unbroken Arrows : The Incorruptibles


Editor's Note : May 4, 2010 : The reader may be interested to know that Father Marcus of the Coptic Church here in Phoenix has seen with his own eyes a whole town of Coptics in Egypt that was martyred together a couple of centuries ago and they just recently found their mass grave and all the bodies are incorruptible to the point that some of them are still bleeding.

There has been at least one recorded instance of incorruptibility in the Anglican Church. They were moving a Church graveyard and one of the caskets fell off the wagon and the body fell out - perfectly uncorrupted.

This is something you will never even hear mentioned in the Protestant World - I know, I was a Baptist for 45 years and never once heard about it.

The scary thing is that it happens so much that they actually have a name for it.

Christian Slater from the Movie Broken Arrow.

They became incorruptible through becoming "partakers of the Divine Nature" via the Eucharist.

And, in case any none Catholic Christians ever read this, I would point out to you that Y'hava commanded upon death that, "from the earth you have arisen, to the earth you shall return" and thus there is no way possible that Satan has the ability to keep someone's body from corrupting.

Some may be a case of embalming, or mummification or good burial conditions, but not all and without those conditions, there ain't no way a body is gonna stay incorruptible and flexible for five hundred years.


Incorruptibility is a Catholic and Eastern Orthodox belief that supernatural intervention allows some human bodies to not undergo the normal process of decomposition after death. Bodies that reportedly undergo little or no decomposition are sometimes referred to as incorrupt or incorruptible (adjective) or as an incorruptible (noun). Although it is recognized as supernatural in Catholicism, it is no longer counted as a miracle in the recognition of a saint.

Incorruptibility is seen as distinct from the good preservation of a body, or mummification. Incorruptible bodies are often said to have the Odour of Sanctity, exuding a sweet and pleasant aroma. As of yet, none of these cases have been verified scientifically.

In Catholic and Orthodox Christian cultures, if a body remains incorruptible after death, this is generally seen by Catholic and Orthodox Christian cultures to be a sign that the individual is a saint, although not every saint is expected to have an incorruptible corpse.

When the Roman Catholic Church recognized incorruptibles, a body was not deemed incorruptible if it had undergone an embalming process or other means of preserving the dead, or if it has become stiff, as do all normal corpses, even when the best preservation techniques are used (though some artificially preserved bodies, such as that of St. Margaret of Cortona, were recognized by as Incorruptibles by mistake when records of their preservation were lost.)[1] Incorruptible saints are claimed to remain completely flexible, as if they were only sleeping.

See the book, The Incorruptibles, referenced below.

The two main positions on incorruptibility can be summarized as an argument for a spiritual cause, or an argument for a physical or environmental cause.

The argument for a spiritual cause may include a belief that the pious nature of the individual in some way permeated the flesh (a metaphysical cause having a physical effect), or a belief that decomposition was prevented by the intervention of God as the body will be resurrected later.

Priests, monastics and laypersons

St. Adrian of Ondrusov � Russian Orthodox monk and martyr
St. Adrian of Poshekhon � Russian Orthodox monk and martyr
St. Agnes of Montepulciano � Roman Catholic nun St. Alexander of Svir � Russian Orthodox monk
St. Alphege � Roman Catholic
St. Amphilochius of Pochayiv � Orthodox monk from western Ukraine, lived in Soviet times
Blessed Andr� Bessette � Roman Catholic Holy Cross Brother
St. Andrew Bobola - Roman Catholic Jesuit priest
St. Angela Merici � Roman Catholic nun
St. Angela of the Cross � Roman Catholic nun
Blessed Angelina of Spoleto � Roman Catholic nun
Blessed Anna Marie Taigi � Roman Catholic
Sts. Anthony, John, and Eustathios � Russian Orthodox martyrs of Vilnius
St. Benedict the Black � Roman Catholic monk
St. Bernadette � visionary of Lourdes, Roman Catholic nun
Blessed Betrando de Genies � Roman Catholic
Blessed Broken Alberto Incogneus - Discordian
St. Catherine of Bologna � Roman Catholic
St. Catherine Labour� � Roman Catholic nun
St. Catherine of Siena-Roman Catholic nun and mystic
St. Catherine Tom�s - Roman Catholic nun
St. Cecilia � Roman Catholic martyr
St. Charbel Maklouf � Maronite (Eastern Catholic) monk
St. Charles Seeze � Roman Catholic monk, mystic and stigmatist
St. Clare of Assisi � Roman Catholic nun
St. Clare of Montefalco � Roman Catholic nun
Blessed Dominic Barberi - Roman Catholic missionary to England
St. Francis of Paola � Roman Catholic friar
St. Francis Xavier - Apostle of the Far East � Roman Catholic missionary
St. Gaspar Louis Bertoni-Roman Catholic priest
Hallvard Vebj�rnsson of Norway-Roman Catholic martyr from Lier, patron of Oslo
Blessed Imelda � Roman Catholic Dominican nun
St. Isidore the Laborer [2]
Blessed Jacinta Marto, visionary at F�tima � Roman Catholic
St. Jane Frances de Chantal � Roman Catholic nun
St. Job of Pochayiv-Orthodox monk from western Ukraine
St. John Bosco � Roman Catholic
St. John Jacob of Hozevit - Roman Catholic
St. John Vianney � Roman Catholic, Cur� (parish priest) of Ars
Blessed Josaphata Hordashevska � Greek-Catholic nun from western Ukraine
St. Joseph of Cupertino-Roman Catholic monk
Juliana Falconieri - Roman Catholic nun
St. Louis Orione - Roman Catholic
Blessed Margaret of Castello � Roman Catholic
St. Margaret Mary Alacoque � Roman Catholic nun
Blessed Maria Angela of Astorch � Roman Catholic nun
St. Maria Crucificada � Roman Catholic nun
Venerable Maria de Jesus de �greda � Roman Catholic nun
Blessed Maria de Jesus Torres � Roman Catholic nun
Blesed Maria de San Jose � Roman Catholic nun
St. Maria Francisca Illagas � Roman Catholic nun
Venerable Maria Jesus Delgado � Roman Catholic nun
Blessed Maria Margaret Caiani � Roman Catholic nun
St. Maria Mazarello � Roman Catholic nun
St. Matrona of Chios � Orthodox
St. Miguel Febres Cordero � Roman Catholic
Blessed Narcisia de Jesus � Roman Catholic
St. Nicholas of Tolentino � Roman Catholic
St. Peter Julian Eymard � Roman Catholic priest
Blessed Pier Giorgio Frassati � Third Order of St. Dominic
St. Pio of Pietrelcina � Roman Catholic priest
St. Rita of Cascia � Roman Catholic nun
St. Sabbas the Sanctified � monk venerated in Catholicism and Orthodoxy
St. Salvator of Horta � Roman Catholic
Blessed Sebastian de Apparisio � Roman Catholic
St. Sergius of Radonezh � Orthodox monk
Venerable Solanus Cassey � Roman Catholic
St. Stanislaus Kostka � Roman Catholic
Blessed Stephen Bellesini � Roman Catholic priest
St. Sunniva of Norway � Roman Catholic martyr, from Selja island
St. Thorlac of Iceland � Roman Catholic bishop of Skalholt
St. Ursula Led�chowska � Roman Catholic nun
St. Vasyl Velychkovsky � Ukrainian Greek-Catholic priest, body found incorrupt after 30 years
St. Veronica Giulianni � Roman Catholic nun
St. Vincent de Paul � Roman Catholic priest
St. Virginia Centurione Bracelli � Roman Catholic
Vissarion Korkoliacos � Greek Orthodox monk
St. Zita � Roman Catholic
Christian Friedrich von Kahlbutz � German Knight

Popes, Bishops and Patriarchs

Pope Blessed Innocent XI - Roman Catholic Pope. Innocent XI died in 1689 reportedly well preserved.
Pope Saint Pius V � Roman Catholic Pope
Pope Blessed Pius IX � Roman Catholic Pope
Pope Saint Pius X � Roman Catholic Pope
Pope Blessed John XXIII � Roman Catholic Pope
St. Tikhon � Orthodox Patriarch of Moscow
St. Ambrose of Milan[citation needed]
Claudius of Besan�on � French bishop and abbot
St. Cuthbert � Anglo-Saxon, venerated by Roman Catholics, Eastern Orthodox and Anglicans
Mgr. Gabriel Manek SVD � Roman Catholic Archibishop of Flores, Indonesia (1918�89)
St. Innocent � Orthodox bishop of Irkutsk
St. John (Maximovitch) of Shanghai and San Francisco � Orthodox archbishop
St. Josaphat Kuntsevych � Greek-Catholic metropolitan from Ukraine, martyr, murdered in Polotsk, enshrined in Rome
St. Raphael (Hawaweeny) of Brooklyn � Orthodox bishop
St. Ubaldo Gubbio � Roman Catholic bishop
St. Pishoy � Coptic Orthodox bishop

Christian kings and queens

St. Olga, grand duchess of Kyivan Rus' (Ukraine), Orthodox saint, died in 969 her body had not undergone corruption.
St. Volodymyr, grand duke of Kyivan Rus' (Ukraine), Orthodox saint, died July 15, 1015, body found incorrupt in 1635.
St. Olav, king of Norway, Roman Catholic saint. In 1075,incorrupt body was enshrined in what became Nidaros Cathedral.
St. Edmund I of England,In c. 915 his body was found to be incorrupt Catholics, Orthodox, Anglicans
St. Edward the Confessor, king of England (venerated by Roman Catholics, Orthodox, Anglicans)
St. Ferdinand III, Roman Catholic king of Leon and Castile (Spain). His body is claimed to still be incorrupt
St. Casimir, Patron Saint of Poland and Lithuania � Roman Catholic
Saint Elizabeth of Portugal, queen consort of Portugal � Roman Catholic
Blessed Mafalda of Portugal, queen consort of Castile � Roman Catholic


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