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Miracle Icons
« on: June 15, 2004, 10:05:40 PM »
Miracle Icons
http://english.pravda.ru/science/19/94/377/13096_icon.html


06/15/2004 14:10

Today, science cannot find logical explanation to a strange phenomenon:
when an icon image appears on the icon's glass.

Russian newspaper "Komsomolskaya Pravda" presented a dozen cases of such
strange occurrence as icon "rejuvenation". However, only five scientists in
the whole country are researching this phenomenon. Why so few? "We are all
like-minded people; such issues are not to be resolved by mere voting,"
harshly comments professor Pavel Florensky, one of the members of the
Committee of unexplained miraculous occurrences, that take place within the
Russian Orthodox church. Similar to his four colleagues, he is pious, but
at the same time rather curious person.

Such thirst for truth makes these scientists attend various congregations.

Icon rejuvenation-is one of the miraculous events that takes place rather
frequently. Its essence lies in the fact that some barely visible colors
suddenly reappear on the icon"s surface, thus bringing the icon its new look.

-The latest of such icon rejuvenations that our Committee had a chance to
explore took place in the Yaroslav region of Russia, explains Florensky.
"Father Alexi told me an interesting story. He was once on his to the
church, when he spotted a blank piece of wooden board. He picked it up and
placed and placed it on a bookshelf between the books. To his astonishment,
after a year or so, he remembered about the wooden board, reached for it,
and couldn't believe his own eyes! An angel"s image appeared on the
surface. Isn't this a miracle?

-How do you think this happened?

-Have you ever had a polished table? When you accidentally place a cup with
hot beverage on top of the polished surface, it leaves white circular
marks. Lacquer that covers the table tends to whiten after such contact
with heat. It is rather difficult to get rid of the white spot afterward.
In case with the icon the opposite took place. Lacquer has fully dried out
in the course of several years and colors got fully restored.

-But it could have easily remained in the snow longer?

-Exactly. Science always attempts to determine some sort of a pattern in
any process. Russian famous restorer Adolf Nikolaevich Ovchinnikov "brought
to life" many of Russia"s icons. However, he has never witnessed such
miracles. According to our data, majority of rejuvenated icons are "young"
icons, created in the end of XIX or XX centuries.

-How can this be explained?

-I don't know exactly.

People embark on pilgrimages just to see such miracle icons. After saying a
prayer, true believers leave their offerings on the icon's frame.

-Another common miracle is the appearance of the icon's reflection on the
glass.

-There exists an entire array of hypotheses in regards to such occurrences.
No one can provide the right explanation yet. Not so long ago, we received
one of such glasses for testing. Upon a closer look, we were able to
discover that those particles on the glass were not crystals, as was
assumed, but drops. The substance is close to soap in terms of its
structure. It is not present in trees, in lacquers or in paints. What
appears of most significance is that drops of this substance appear on the
actual contour of an icon"s image. If evaporation comes from the image and
condensate accumulates on the glass, then the image should be smeared with
this substance. However, in reality, outlines the image. The easiest
explanation would be electrostatics. Considering the fact that the glass is
being wiped daily, it is therefore being electrified. However, such
assumption does not hold true due to the emergence of drops.

-In our Committee I personally represent the skeptical wing. God not only
gave us laws of ethics but also laws of nature. Our studies are not aimed
at making people loose their faith. We exclude trickery. We scientists
simply want to know what and how it all happens.


-So you are saying miracles exist?

-I think that modern day technology allows us to describe such phenomenon.
Whether this is miracle or not is not up for us to decide. This cannot be
measured in centimeters, meters or liters. We have to have a miracle
visionary in order to see miracles. If there is no miracle visionary, there
is no miracle. Today, we have a chance to witness the greatest miracle. Do
you know what it is? It is people's return to the church!

Anna Selivanova

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