Oil from Icon Is a Sign of Saint’s Presence

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.

JohnBaptistMIracle3

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.

John Baptist2

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.)

The Orthodox Christian Network (OCN) is an official agency of the Assembly of Canonical Orthodox Bishops.  OCN offers videos, podcasts, blogs and music, to enhance Orthodox Christian life.   We also report on news events in the Orthodox Church and produce This Week in Orthodoxy, a weekly news video with stories and issues of interest to Orthodox Christians around the world.

The Orthodox Christian Network invites you to support our mission by giving to our 10 Cents A Day campaign, where 100% of your gift goes to ministry and 0% to overhead.

_________________________________________________________________________

Posted by the Orthodox Christian Network. You can find the Orthodox Christian Network on Google+ 

written by
avatar
Presvytera Vassi Makris Haros is a graduate of the University…
Related Posts