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Faithful see miracle in weeping icon of Mary with child Jesus at Greek Orthodox church in Chicago

Javonte Anderson, Chicago Tribune on

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His Eminence Metropolitan Nathanael inspected and confirmed the legitimacy of the tears Sunday, Jonas said.

Others also view the phenomenon as a possible sign as the Greek Orthodox Church has worked to keep from losing the church after it experienced financial troubles, with a bankruptcy hearing scheduled for Tuesday.

Monday morning, Greek prayers and hymns played softly in the sanctuary. The aroma from more than a hundred lit candles filled the air as visitors sat in the wooden pews. Other snapped pictures with their smartphones.

The icon was no longer weeping Monday morning, but the residue from the liquid was still visible on her cheek.

"Mary weeping is a sign, and the miracle is actually in our hearts," said Laura Tovar, who was visiting with her sister, who was married at the church.

Many parishioners were hoping that the Virgin Mary's tears forecast a potential miracle that would save the church from closing its doors.

 

Jonas, however, has a different interpretation of the weeping icon.

"Some people say this is a sign," he said. "I stop short of that. I would just rather say that the Virgin Mary is talking to us; I would just let her finish her conversation. And, let's see what happens."

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