Parishioners See 'Miraculous Formation' On Church Ceiling
Image Forms On Ceiling Of Connecticut Church
POSTED: 8:53 AM EST December 24, 2003
UPDATED: 1:40 PM EST December 24, 2003
BRIDGEPORT, Conn. -- Some parishioners at a Greek Orthodox church in Bridgeport say an image of the Virgin Mary has appeared on the church's ceiling.
Image Appears At Church
Parishioners said the image (pictured with blue outline, right) -- which resembles a discoloration or stain -- appeared on the ceiling several months ago. It has grown into what some call a "miraculous formation" of the Virgin Mary holding Baby Jesus.
"I had been noticing, for a long time from the altar, something from that area, but I did not pay attention to it until much later -- about three or four weeks ago," said the Rev. Demetrios Racachinas of Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church on Park Avenue.
Church officials said they have no explanation for the image. They said it is not a shadow, and it is not caused by water or moisture.
Racachinas said he would like the Greek Orthodox New York Archdiocese to investigate the image. A bishop said the archdiocese has no plans to investigate, and that the image "is what it is."
Racachinas said plans to repair the aging ceiling might be changed to accommodate the image.
"At this time, we have stopped to see what would develop from here," said Racachinas. "If, at this time, we decide to paint, which we really want to do, we are contemplating leaving that spot untouched."
Church custodian Lonnie Blackwell said the image is comforting.
"It's telling us something," said Blackwell. "The Lord is saying something."
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