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In October 2015, OCN reported that there was a miracle icon at the Assumption Greek Orthodox Church in Homer Glen, IL that was streaming oil. (Oil from Icon Is a Sign of Saint’s Presence) Fr. Sam (Sotirios) Dimitriou, the parish priest, told us oil had been on the icon of St. John the Baptist since mid- July.
The icon is on the iconostasis, the icon screen that separates the altar from the nave.
Since October, the streams of oil have really begun to flow and now thousands have heard and are visiting the parish to see for themselves, pray to St. John, and hope for their own miracles.
Fr. Sam believes that since the oil on St. John the Baptist appears to come from everywhere but his eyes it’s a sign of joy, not sadness.
The Chicago Tribune reported, “James Skedros, dean of Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology in Brookline, Mass., said that although icons don’t exude oil every day, similar episodes have taken place across the U.S. There is no formal process in the Orthodox church of authenticating such incidents as miracles, he said, but they are believed to hold significance.”
The Chicago Tribune also printed that of the miracles associated with the oil, “One man reportedly went to the doctor concerning a blockage in his artery, but it had disappeared. Another reports being cancer free after touching the oil.”
According to the parish’s website, hours for viewing the icon of St. John are:
Tuesday 10:30am – 1:00pm
Thursday 1:00pm – 4:00pm
Friday 10:00am – 1:00pm
Saturday 1:00pm – 3:00pm
Sunday (after Divine Liturgy) 12:00pm-3:00pm
WGNTV has been to the parish to interview Fr. Sam and report on the miracle.
Photos from Assumption Greek Orthodox Church of Homer Glen, Il., FACEBOOK page.
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