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« on: December 29, 2003, 09:37:43 PM »

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.
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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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« Reply #1 on: December 29, 2003, 09:41:31 PM »

Meself, I'm thinking the Lord is saying, pay attention to the Liturgy....
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« Reply #2 on: December 29, 2003, 10:42:38 PM »

Why is it that almost all of these types of images always seem to include Mary?
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« Reply #3 on: December 29, 2003, 10:44:22 PM »

Iperayia Theotoke soson imas....I have NO IDEA...maybe because no one can imagine anything more creative?
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« Reply #4 on: December 29, 2003, 10:48:20 PM »

bridgeport?  cool I know people there!

What gets me is the way believers chase after these kinda signs.  Signs are for those who have no faith.
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« Reply #5 on: December 29, 2003, 10:54:22 PM »

No...the faithful are given signs, but NOT this sort. THIS is distraction from worship .  Sheer silliness.
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« Reply #6 on: December 30, 2003, 12:27:49 AM »

Now all we need is a visit from a space-ship carrying Vassula;)
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« Reply #7 on: December 30, 2003, 12:37:54 AM »

Hey...we didn't have a comedy corner, OK...It wasn't funny enough for Bro. Max's  humor thread....It's like The Onion Dome....where's Fr. Vasily when you need him?
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« Reply #8 on: December 30, 2003, 07:45:57 AM »

Now all we need is a visit from a space-ship carrying Vassula Wink
I thought about starting a thread on her once, but decided our time would be much better spent on other things (like discussing our favorite beers etc. Grin)

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