Presvytera Vassi Makris Haros is a graduate of the University of Cincinnati's College of Design, Art, Architecture & Planning and Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology. She is the owner, designer and photographer of V’s Cardbox, In Service and Love. a greeting card company featuring cards with an Orthodox voice. She strongly feels that experiencing the Orthodox Faith through the church’s cyclical calendar of feasts and fasts is a gift that is too often overlooked.
I don’t normally get my news from facebook, but recently a friend posted about a miracle icon in Homer Glen, Illinois and I was thrilled! I called the Assumption Greek Orthodox Church right away and spoke with Fr. Sam (Sotirios) Dimitriou. He said the oil has been on the icon of St. John the Baptist since mid- July, but recently there was more activity. The icon is on the iconostasis, the icon screen that separates the altar from the nave. In front of the icon is a table for memorials and a hanging vigil lamp.
Fr. Sam didn’t know why the icon was streaming oil. Some might say it’s a good sign that there aren’t tears. Others might say that it’s a concern since St. John is known for warning people to “Repent! For the Kingdom of heaven is at hand.” But Fr. Sam says, “This is definitely a blessing for our community. St. John has allowed his presence to be known.”
The icon was written over 20 years ago by Panayiotis Mihalopoulos, a parishioner of The Assumption Greek Orthodox Church, and was installed along with the others on the screen in their previous location in Olympia Fields. They later moved the parish (and the screen) to a property in Orland Park, as their parishioners relocated west. Today, the iconostasis is in their Homer Glen parish. They’ve been at their current location for the past 3 years.
The community established the parish 99 years ago in Chicago Heights and is looking forward to their centennial celebration in 2016.
(Photos courtesy of Fr. Sam (Sotirios) Dimitriou.)
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