Weeping Jesus statue of
This famous image of Christ
of human blood
Week of 1995, the miraculous occurrence took place repeatedly during
recital of the Rosary. Since then, the number of devotees to the Crying
have grown to around a thousand, one hundred of which were standing in
of the statue when its eyes shed tears. The watery liquid afterward
into a blood-like substance that gives an impressive countenance on the
face of Christ.. This weeping icon is closely
associated with the visionaries Catalina Rivas and Nancy Fowler.
"Since 1995, various scientific studies of the icon have taken place, the conclusions of which are astounding and underline the fact that Cochabamba has fast become the center of a supernatural event. Recordings have been made of the crying, samples have been taken and sent to the laboratory. And lastly, the statue itself has been subjected to computerised examination. A laboratory report put together in April 1995 outlined the fact that the liquid analysed was "hemoglobin, hetero protein of a red colour that exists in hematoid, or red globules."
PDT Signs has the video, available at the above link, and it shows the statue in the act of weeping tears of blood, forming in the eye until it drips down the face. The blood tests out as human blood. A thorn fragment, indigineous to Jerusalem, was found in the dried blood submitted for analysis. In another report on PDT a thorn was found in the blood from the stigmatic wounds of Francis.
The statue of Mary above wept 101 times. See Akita.
Click on the picture of the video "Tears of Love" to find where to
"AN EXTRAORDINARY AND AMAZING PHENOMENON"
|NBI finds statue’s ‘tears’ to be human blood, priest says|
|By Artemio Dumlao
The Philippine Star 07/25/2004
|BAGUIO CITY — Her tears were of human
"It’s human blood and it’s type A," said Fr. Vicente Castro of the tears shed by the statue of St. Therese at the Baguio Cathedral, quoting the finding of the Cordillera office of the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI).
Castro, the cathedral’s 77-year-old parish priest, said the NBI regional office informed him of its laboratory finding in a phone call last Friday.
He said he submitted samples of the blood which dripped from the eyes of the statue. The NBI itself collected samples, he said.
"There is a thing to consider now: did the blood come from the statue or did somebody inject it?" he said. "As a statue, it should not shed tears."
Devotees have flocked to the cathedral since a certain Christopher Fergis said he saw the statue shedding tears of what appeared to be blood when he was praying in front of it two weeks ago.
In a newspaper article, the 26-year-old Fergis urged the public to pray the rosary and live a life according to God’s will.
Castro said St. Therese, a Carmelite nun who had lived in a monastery, professed a life of simplicity.
The following testimony by Father John Breck
© 2001 Father John Breck
In a Greek Orthodox church on Long Island there is an image of the Virgin Mary, the "Theotokos" or "Mother of God." This sacred image or "icon" has stains from the eyes to the cheeks. Those stains, according to countless witnesses, were produced many years ago when the icon wept. In April of 1994, another icon of the Theotokos began weeping in an Anthiochian Orthodox church in Cicero, Illinois. Again, literally thousands of worshipers witnessed the phenomenon and proclaimed it to be a miracle. Fr. Douglas Wyper, who first saw the
tears and has subsequently written of his experience, declares to skeptics: "There were no tubes, there is no plumbing, no reason for condensation to form on that one icon and none of the others. The tears were coming directly out of Virgin's eyes. You could see them welling up deep within her pupils. Since then, the tears have regularly renewed themselves." Again magazine, 18/1,1995, p. 21.]
In traditional Orthodox countries such as Russia, Romania and Greece, the faithful take such phenomena for granted. Whether they have experienced a weeping icon or not, there is no question in their mind that these sacred images-usually depictions of the Virgin Mary-really
do weep. Throughout the United States great numbers of Orthodox and other Christians have been deeply moved by similar experiences. To them as well, the tears are real. I had long heard of weeping icons and, as I look back on it, I believed the reports to be true. The whole matter, though, had no real significance for me on any personal level. That changed, however, when
my wife and I received a phone call from a young priest who invited us to visit his parish one winter evening a few years ago. He claimed that a weeping icon had been brought to his church a day or two before. He also asked us not to mention it to anyone else, chiefly because he wanted to avoid invasion by the media. More out of curiosity than conviction, I accepted the invitation, and we drove over to his parish.
The church was lit only by candlelight. An extraordinary odor-a perfume like rose water, only vastly more beautiful, more heavenly-filled the entire building. In the center of the nave, in a glass-covered wooden lay the icon. I lifted the lid and looked at the image, which was
clearly illumined by dozens of surrounding candles. In the corners of the Virgin's eyes, oil welled up in the shape of tears, then slowly ran down the icon. Cotton laid at the base of the image was drenched with the liquid. It was those tears that exuded the heavenly aroma.
We watched for nearly twenty minutes as dozens of tears gradually formed in those lovely, tragic eyes. The priest joined us and invited us to hold the icons and examine the back. The entire board was saturated with oil. Then, to my astonishment I realized that the icon was a copy: a piece of paper glued to the board. This was no "original," no "authentic" icon. It was a copy. Can copies weep? (Answer: yes! There are over a hundred copies of the icon of Damascus associated with Mirna that are weeping.)
Mindless questions like that went through my head for a few minutes. Then things fell into perspective. It's not the paint-not egg tempera-that makes an icon. An authentic icon is made by God.
Original or a copy, its truth and its value lie in what it depicts.
Ultimately they lie in the person of Christ Himself, since every genuine icon is
"Christ-centered," whether it be of Jesus, of His Mother, or of the saints. Like every true icon, this one of the Mother of God depicted transfigured humanity. In the face of the Virgin we beheld our own true face, the image in which we were created and to which we are
forever called. And this image had the added grace of tears.
On our way home, we wondered aloud about the reason for those tears.
Why, in fact, icons weep? Is it because of ours sins? Or because of the threat of some imminent tragedy? Or because we have forgotten the griefof Jesus' Mother, as she helped take down His wasted body from the cross washed and anointed it, then laid it in a tomb?
I still can't answer the question Why do icons weep? But weep they do.
There are no tubes, no plumbing, no condensation-. The tears in those eyes are real. And they express the full reality of heavenly beauty and heavenly grief.
The tears I saw that winter evening were mixed with olive oil and kept in a little flask. They are used to anoint the stick, and, at times of feasts within the Church, all the faithful who take part in worship.
I probably never will know just why icons weep. But I have no doubt that they do. On the other hand, I do know that those tears are a gift to all of us. I know beyond question that they bless and they heal. And that, really is enough.
REPORTS OF UNUSUAL HEALINGS CONTINUE FROM 'CHURCH OF THE WEEPING
The priests at a Greek Orthodox church in the New York suburb of Hempstead, Long Island, report that miraculous healings are continuing years after icons of the Virgin began shedding tears in the area. The phenomena involved three icons that were brought to St. Paul's Church: Our Lady of Perpetual Help (above), the Lamenting Mother of God (below), and a third that is now in Florida. While the flow of tears has long-since stopped (it first began in March of 1960), Father Nicholas J. Magoulias, the pastor, told Spirit Daily that other phenomena continue at this church that lost two parishioners to the tragedy of September 11.
One recent cure involved a Roman Catholic woman named Lilly Bertuccio, who was set for a major cancer operation. After praying before one of the icons she took oil from the shrine and applied it with a short prayer ("I am applying this Holy Oil with the Blessed Mother's hand"). Two days before the operation, she had a dream filled with remarkable light and the following Friday, when she went to New York Hospital of Queens for the surgery, a mammography indicated that the tumor was gone.
"We then went to another room for a different mammography," she noted. "The nurse, my doctor, and the technician returned to my room and the technician said to me, 'Do you believe in miracles?' I said, 'Yes, I do.' He said, 'For twenty years I have been doing this and this is the first time this happened to me. Whatever was there is not there anymore."
That was in 1997. According to the priests, the healings continue to the present day -- with at least two remarkable ones a year. "For instance, there was one I know last March of a woman suffering from cervical cancer who was completely healed," said the associate pastor, Father Joakim Valsiad. "I heard this with my own ears. I know that every day three or four stop by, pray, and receive the assistance of the Virgin Mary."
"The icons are still miraculous," says Father Magoulias. "They still do healings. We had two this past year. It's a continuous thing. When I first came we had an all-night service, and we had a lady here from Chicago who was deaf, and before I started the service she was moved to take a picture. Back in those days they used to have a bulb that they would place in the flash, and she went to take a picture and all of a sudden it exploded. I heard a big explosion and turned around and said, 'What happened? What happened?' and she was hysterical. She said, 'I can hear! I can hear!' Her doctor sent a letter documenting it."
The church is one of a growing list in the New York area involving alleged miracles. Reports of phenomena have also come from Our Lady of the Island Shrine in Eastport (47 miles to the east); from a woman in Huntington who claims apparitions of St. Therese the Little Flower; and even a tree on the Upper West Side of Manhattan that seemed to bear an image of the Virgin just weeks before the World Trade Center event. Meanwhile, the Pope has been vigorously seeking reconciliation between Roman Catholicism and the Orthodox Church, both of which have a profound devotion to Mary.
For an exhaustive compilation of weeping statues and images: http://www.visionsofjesuschrist.com/weepingstatuesandicons.htm
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