On May 19, Chicagoans had the opportunity to venerate a myrrh-streaming Greek Orthodox icon from Pennsylvania that’s been associated with many miracles.
Miraculous icon at Pennsylvania Greek Orthodox Church
For the past several months, at St. George Orthodox Church in Taylor, PA, myrrh has been streaming from an icon of the Virgin Mary. Since then the church has been hosting several daily services centered on this Greek Orthodox icon. The Kardiotissa, “The Tender Heart” myrrh-flowing, miraculous icon of the Virgin Mary has drawn thousands of people to the parish, all through word-of-mouth. Some call these “weeping icons” or simply “myrrh-streaming”, but nonetheless, these holy icons make miracles happen.
It’s been said that the icon came in contact with a myrrh-streaming icon ,also of the Mother of God, which last fall traveled from Hawaii to visit churches in Pennsylvania. That icon, called Iveron, is believed to have healing powers. St. George’s icon is now also been associated with miracles. Father Mark Leasure has been anointing church visitors with the myrrh ever since. In fact, SS Constantine & Helen Church in Webster, MA has listed many miracles that have been attributed to the miraculous Greek Orthodox icon.
Kardiotissa in Chicago
Chicago is no stranger to “weeping” Greek Orthodox icons — most recently, at Assumption Church of Homer Glen (that icon is still streaming myrrh).With the blessing from His Eminence Metropolitan IAKOVOS of Chicago and His Grace Bishop GREGORY of the American Carpatho-Russian Orthodox Diocese, the Kardiotissa icon came to Chicago on May 19. Area faithful had the opportunity to see and venerate this miraculous icon at St. John the Baptist Church in Des Plaines. A special Vespers and Paraklesis/Supplication Service to the Virgin Mary began at 6:00 pm. At 7:30 pm, Father Mark spoke about the miracles attributed to the icon. The evening concluded with a Compline and Akathist service at 8:30 pm, and the faithful had the opportunity to be anointed with the myrrh.
Lines stretched around the building, and faithful waited in line until about 3:30 am for the opportunity to be anointed. Many reported a sweet smell emanating from the myrrh. One person described that the myrrh seemed to drip out of the icon, and people put their hands underneath it to catch it. Facebook posts indicate it was an incredible, uplifting experience for all, and will never be forgotten.
St. John the Baptist Church is located at 2350 E. Dempster in Des Plaines. 847.827.5510