A myrrhstery miracle, or just a way to keep the faith

An image of the Virgin Mary in Hawaii is said to miraculously produce myrrh.

Hawaii icon produces myrrh; considered a miracle.

It’s known as the Iveron Icon of the Holy Theotokos. But, to parishioners, it’s simply a miracle.

It’s an image of the Mother Mary and Christ child that, for reasons unexplainable, produces myrrh. Small drops that smell like roses.

“Drops that appear like dew, like dew on grass,” said Father Antole Lyovin of the Holy Theotokos of Iveron Russian Orthodox Church. “A drop appears here, a drop appears there. And it starts flowing down. So, how can you fake that?”

Father Anatole says requests for the myrrh come from all over the world. The icon has been deemed a miracle by a committee of Orthodox priests who examined it themselves. Yet, the skeptics still abound.

The icon is not housed at the church. It’s carefully protected and travels quite a bit at the request of other churches.

This icon is not an original though but a mere replica of another icon in Greece. However, the original icon in Greece also supposedly streams myrrh. Perhaps it has something to do with the materials the icon is made of that reacts with air? How can you fake it? Relatively easily. Here are some examples:

The Case of a Weeping Orthodox Icon – CSI.

The Case of the Miracle Oil – CSI.

How to Test a Miracle – CSI.

According to the story the icon began streaming some 5 years ago on the 15th anniversary of the death of Brother Jose Munoz, the original keeper of the icon. It all sounds quite intriguing including the added effect of the death anniversary when something mysterious and unexplained starts happening. It sure does make for a good sell for the the story but is it all entirely accurate? It doesn’t matter. People want to believe.

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Tip: Joy Harris

  6 comments for “A myrrhstery miracle, or just a way to keep the faith

  1. Brian
    November 26, 2013 at 7:19 AM

    The more gullible people get, the greater miracles will get.

  2. November 26, 2013 at 8:03 AM

    This is why some Christians are against Harry Potter – they think they live in his world & see magic everywhere.

  3. Chris Howard
    November 26, 2013 at 10:03 AM

    I wonder if the reporting of these things go up during this time of year?

  4. Eve
    November 26, 2013 at 10:22 AM

    If the icon is a replica, does it weep replica myrrh? I-can’t-believe-it’s-not-myrrh?

    • DrASK
      November 27, 2013 at 1:42 AM


  5. November 26, 2013 at 10:57 AM

    What are the miracles always cheap parlor tricks. Why not grow a new arm or leg?

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