Under the Grapevine – A Miracle by Saint Kendeas of Cyprus

by Chrissi Hart • illustrated by Claire Brandenburg


When Christina becomes seriously ill, her mother prays constantly for her, until one day a holy man appears on a white horse and takes her to his church to be healed.

Christina returns to the family farm, where she runs to her parents to tell them about the holy “grandfather” who helped her.

This true story, Under the Grapevine, A Miracle by St. Kendeas of CyprusUnder the Grapvine: Cover describes the miraculous healing of a young girl, the author’s grandmother, by a much-loved local Saint who lived more than one thousand years ago.

Under The GrapevinePraise for Under the Grapevine

“…The writing and illustrations are beautiful, and the story guides both young and old to look to the Saints of the Holy Orthodox Church for Intercession with our Lord. It is even more uplifting to know that it is based on the true story of your grandmother, and her miraculous healing through the intercession of St. Kendeas.

…I would highly recommend your book to all of our parents as a way of inspiring great hope in our children….”

–Metropolitan PHILIP
Archbishop of New York and Metropolitan of All North America
The Self-Ruled Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America


“..You have my warmest congratulations for the fact that you remember Cyprus and for the useful book you wrote. Your book will excite and touch the hearts of the young readers…”

–Chrysostomos Archbishop of Cyprus


“…The simple language and the striking illustrations make it eminently suitable for both children and adults. Indeed, through the telling of this story the name of the saint will be glorified in the English-speaking world….

May Almighty God bless you and your family and give you health and strength to write many more similar books to enlighten and guide our young people about the very nature of our Holy Church and the saints and martyrs who have shone forth throughout the centuries, proclaiming their belief and dedication to the eternal teachings of Him Who although God took flesh and lived among us being full of grace and truth (cf. John 1:14)”

–Gregorios Archbishop of Thyateira and Great Britain


“Glancing at the pictures, which praise rather than merely speak the name of our living Lord, your book offers great consolation to any person’s heart and soul filled with pain and sorrow in this world of ours. More than this however, it is an example of true faith and hope in the living Tradition of our church, her Fathers and the saints who unobtrusively intercede and pray that we follow the ‘golden way’ to His Kingdom.”

— Archbishop Stylianos of Australia


“St. Kendeas is by all means an international saint having been born in Germany, dwelled in Jerusalem and finally Cyprus. With this book you manage to bring his fame and doxology even further, i.e. to the New Land. Consider this response of ours as an encouragement letter for the composition of more story-books of this kind and be sure of our prayers for you, your precious family and your voluntary work with the Orthodox Community.”

— Former Archbishop Christodoulos, Archbishop of Athens and Primate of the Orthodox Church of Greece. Memory eternal.


“Chrissi Hart’s Under the Grapevine inspires children to respect and honor the miraculous faith of their parents and grandparents. In Chrissi’s typical imaginative style she creates captivating characters that engage the reader in a spiritual journey of healing and loving self-awareness. Under the Grapevine is a beautifully written and illustrated book. I recommend that every child have the opportunity to be part of its journey.”

Rev. Frank Marangos, D.Min., Ed.D.

Executive Director of Communications, Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America


“A beautiful story that can introduce little children to the healing reality of the great saints of Christianity.”

Kyriacos Markides, Author of The Mountain of Silence and Gifts of the Desert


Under the Grapevine weaves together faith and family, church and home, child and Saint in a timeless story that should be in every Orthodox library.”

Carole Buleza, Curriculum Department Chairperson, Orthodox Christian Education Commission


“This story manifests the spiritual wealth of our Christian tradition. Through this book I had the chance to find again a little bit of peace and serenity for myself amid the hectic rhythms of the big city life by taking me back to my childhood years.”

Basil (Vassilis) Siavelis, Cyprus Tourism Organization, NY, NY.