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