Don’t stop believin’ Part 2: Face on a pillar in NOLA church

Jesus-like shadow draws thousands of pilgrims to New Orleans church.

The visage at Ursuline seems to be a naturally occurring shadow cast by an ornate chandelier above the sanctuary. But, asked Kim Thompson, who had come to see it, why had no one seemed to report it before? And why this, of all weeks?

“It’s got me believing,” she said.

In fact, there are two shadows on two pillars. On one, the man’s face. On the other, some see an image of the Virgin Mary, although that takes a more imaginative leap.

Many pilgrims came already knowing part of the back story, confirmed by Dolce: two weeks ago, an Ursuline student in prayer at the shrine had asked for a sign, and shortly thereafter saw the shadow she had never before noticed.

Tip: CFI Morning Heresy

It’s Jesus week here so we bring you more pareidolia at DN for your guessing fun. This time with shadows. As we’ve mentioned before on this blog, seeing faces in various objects is very common for people as we are so hardwired to recognize faces. But I have to say, this does look very much like a face. In fact, if you hadn’t told me it was a shadow, I’d say it was a drawing on that pillar.

See for yourself:

Photo credit: Eliot Kamenitz

But, wow, not seeing Jesus…

  4 comments for “Don’t stop believin’ Part 2: Face on a pillar in NOLA church

  1. April 6, 2012 at 9:31 PM

    It kind of looks like a lion

  2. April 7, 2012 at 9:16 AM

    Yeah a bit. The skeptical Inquirer folks seemed to think it was Carmen Miranda. Also good guess! Big hair or fruit?

  3. Chew
    April 7, 2012 at 8:55 PM

    Reminds me of Ibn Khaldun. My favorite Ibn.

  4. David Riker
    April 17, 2012 at 12:42 AM

    Looks like Jesus with s.hit in his mouth.

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