Posted: May 02, 2016 9:35 am
by DoctorE
As millions of Orthodox Christians around the world prepare to celebrate Easter on Sunday and Jesus Christ's resurrection, thousands across the Chicago area are flocking to a suburban parish to see what they believe to be a different miracle.

Since July, tiny droplets of fragrant oil have trickled down an icon of St. John the Baptist in front of the altar at Assumption Greek Orthodox Church in Homer Glen, a village southwest of Chicago. Parishioners believe that the oil has healing properties and that its origins are a blessing from God.

"The first thing out of my mouth was, 'What do I do?'" said the Rev. Sotirios "Sam" Dimitriou, the parish priest. "You don't expect anything like this. It's breathtaking. It's so powerful to see such an act of God before your eyes."

Whether it's an act of God or a chemical reaction, few in the Greek Orthodox community care. A rational explanation is irrelevant if what seems to be a supernatural event draws people toward God, clergy say.

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