The Miracle of the Archangel Michael

Toward this end they made a confluence of the Lykokaperos and Kufos Rivers and  directed its combined flow against the church. St Archippus prayed fervently to the Chief Commander Michael to ward off the danger. Through his prayer the Archangel Michael appeared at the temple, and with a  blow of his staff, opened a wide fissure in a rock and commanded the  rushing torrents of water to flow into it. The temple remained unharmed. Seeing such an awesome miracle, the pagans fled in terror. Archippus  and the Christians gathered in church glorified God and gave thanks to  the holy Archangel Michael for the help. The place where the rivers  plunged into the fissure received the name “Chonae,” which means  “plunging.”