Based on Εμφανίσεις και Θαύματα της Παναγίας μας (Appearances and Miracles of our Panagia) at the blog Ἄνω Σχῶμεν.
On August 15th each year, the Orthodox Church commemorates the Falling Asleep of the Mother of God, that is, the death of the Virgin Mary. One of the oldest churches in the world, the Panagia Ekatontapyliani on Paros, was involved in a remarkable series of events on this day in 1931.
ONE August evening in 1931, three fishermen put into a tiny harbour in Piso Livadi, on the Greek island of Paros.
Wine flowed freely, and the next day’s feast of the Virgin Mary, a day when the whole island honoured the Mother of God, drew their coarsest wit.
But as they laughed and drank, the sky darkened, and the sea began to rise like a hill. The wind picked up their little boats, and splintered them on the shore.
The storm passed as quickly as it had come. Presently, a boat came in from neighbouring Naxos. “What happened here?” asked the captain as he made fast. “Our crossing was smooth as glass!”
“It was a miracle of the Virgin” replied one chastened fisherman, but Gregory Liákouras was all derision.
“Mary doesn’t trouble herself about the likes of us fishermen” he said, spat on his shattered boat, and went to bed.