Nestor, Russian Primary Chronicle - 11 February 1110, Pechorsky Monastery, Russia
Type of Spiritual Experience
A description of the experience
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A fiery pillar
There was an omen in the Pechorsky monastery: "On February 11th there appeared a fiery pillar that reached from the ground to the sky, and lightning lit all earth, and thunder rattled at the first hour of night, and everyone saw it. The pillar first stood over the stone trapeznitsa (monastery dining room), blocking the sight of the cross, and, after a short while, moved to the church and stood over Feodosiev's (Theodosius) tomb; it then went to the top of the church, turning its face to the east, and afterwards made itself invisible."
The record reads: "It wasn't an usual fiery column, but the apparition of an angel, because angels often appeared as a fiery column or a flame."
Source: Nestor, Russian Primary Chronicle (Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 1930), 296-297. The date is sometimes given as 1111.