As Orthodox Christians around the world prepare to celebrate Easter this Sunday, a southwest suburban church in Chicago is packed with thousands of pilgrims awaiting to see what they believe to be another miracle.
Worshippers are flocking the Assumption Greek Orthodox Church in Homer Glen, where a religious icon is secreting fragrant oil. Discovered by an altar server last July, the scented oil is emitting from an icon of St. John the Baptist.
“The first thing out of my mouth was ‘What do I do?’,” Rev. Sotirios “Sam” Dimitriou, the parish priest, said to the Chicago Tribune. “You don’t expect anything like this. It’s breathtaking. It’s so powerful to see such an act of God before your eyes,” the newspaper quoted.
Church officials gather the oil and distribute it to the attendees; more than 5,000 have visited since summer.