Religious leaders join St. George Antiochian Orthodox Church to Commemorate 20th Anniversary of Weeping Icon of the Virgin Mary Tuesday April 22
Parishioners at St. George Antiochian Orthodox Church, 1220 S. 60th Court in Cicero, noticed that an Icon of the Virgin Mary began tearing, first with one tear and later by the end of the night with four separate tears. The tears were dabbed in with cotton and mixed with oil which was distributed to more than 1,000 Christian Churches around the world, and 100,000 cotton swabs given to visitors that have numbered more than 1 million in the past 20 years.
Economos Pastor Nicholas Dahdal will join Antiochian Orthodox Bishop Anthony who will preside over the commemoration which begins at 6:30 pm, exactly 20 years from when the weeping Icon was discovered at the Church. Celebrations will continue through the following day, Wednesday April 23.
Father Dahdal said that the Weeping Icon of the Virgin Mary has been of particular significance to Mexican Americans who revere the Virgin Mary.
For more information, contact Economos Father Nichola Dahdal at 708-656-2927.
St George Antiochian Orthodox Church
1220 S. 60th Ct.
Cicero, IL 60804
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