Orthodox church in PA draws in miracle believers with myrrh-seeping icons

St. George’s Orthodox Church myrrh-seeping icons attract hundreds of believers – The Times-Tribune.

Fragrant myrrh filled the air. The encounters with the centers of attraction were quick, but the reactions were indelible. Some came away shaken and streaming tears. A few talked of a wave of peace and calm coming over them. Others described a sense of divine providence.

In uncertain times, people want something, anything, to believe in. The spiritually inclined often look to the heavens for answers, and when they get what they think is a sign, they embrace it wholeheartedly.

For the past 17 weeks, St. George’s Orthodox Greek Catholic Church in Taylor has been hosting services centered on two icons of the Blessed Mother of the Theotokos. The faithful believe the icons seep myrrh, a heavily perfumed oil, for reasons St. George’s officials are leaving unexplained.

Credit: Sam Basta, Jr.

“If you believe enough, it is a miracle,” said one observer. Indeed.

No photographs or examinations are allowed. However, visitors and donations are pouring in.

There has never been a weeping icon or similar that has been shown to be truly miraculous when examined. There is usually a logical explanation (sometimes it is a deliberate adding of the substance or sometimes a natural condensation effect). But, if the church refuses to allow examination, the believers will believe and others will say “Hmm…”

For more:

Church artifacts with miraculous powers: Weeping/bleeding statues

Examining Miracle Claims

  5 comments for “Orthodox church in PA draws in miracle believers with myrrh-seeping icons

  1. idoubtit
    February 12, 2012 at 12:33 PM

    Doctor Atlantis asks: “Is it a myrrh-ical”?
    Now why didn’t I think of that!

  2. Edward Pehanich
    February 13, 2012 at 4:23 PM

    “…visitors and donations are pouring in…” Visitors: yes. Donations: absolutely not! This is an outright lie! I have personal knowledge of this whole occurrence since my family attends this church and to claim that the church or the priest is soliciting or accepting donations is slander. There are no collections taken, no money being solicited. I know this priest for over 20 years: he is a dedicated, honest pastor, husband and father and lives a very simple life with his family.

    Edward Pehanich

    • idoubtit
      February 14, 2012 at 7:24 AM

      The newspaper article does state that donations are there. That’s where I got it from.

  3. Rachel
    March 21, 2012 at 11:44 PM

    I’d just like to note that the links you provided “disproving” the existence of a true miracle via weeping icon were actually links to weeping statues. These are totally different. In the Eastern Orthodox Church, we do not use statues. Also, the statues that have “wept” have emitted an actual tear-like substance that is the consistency of water. The weeping icons on the other hand, emit an oil like substance that can be likened to myrrh. Look up Wonderworking icons. And if you’re going to make a statement that “There has never been a weeping icon or similar that has been shown to be truly miraculous or examined”, you might want to actually include information about a weeping icon being proven a falsehood instead of just information about a weeping statue hoax.

    • March 22, 2012 at 2:26 PM

      I don’t see much difference when the same methods could easily be used. But the point is, these have been faked, even by CHURCHES. That is a more plausible explanation than “it’s a miracle”. I like to make the information available to people who may not know that fakes have been well established. If they chose to believe this is genuine, that’s their choice.

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