Hundreds Crowd Ohio Church to Witness Miraculous Icon

October 8, 2011

Nicholas Kozak witnessed a miracle that he hopes will convince others that God is real.

“I hope the icon will be tangible evidence to anyone who is looking for faith and a real revelation of the lord,” said Kozak, 17, of Green. “How else can you explain myrrh coming from an icon, except that it is something of God?”

Kozak was among the overflow crowd of 300 people who gathered Thursday at St. George Serbian Orthodox Church, which seats about 100, for a special prayer service of thanksgiving that was sung to the Blessed Mother. She is represented in the Hawaiian Iveron Icon of the Most Holy Theotokos (the Greek name for Mary, the Mother of God).

The traveling icon, which streams a sweet-smelling, oily substance (identified as myrrh), officially was recognized in 2008 as miraculous and worthy of veneration by the Russian Orthodox Church Outside Russia.

Since then, numerous miracles — including the healing of blindness, cancer, demonic possession, paralysis, kidney disease and chronic pain — have been attributed to it.

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