Tonight, we were greatly blessed to have had a visit to our parish by Reader Nektarios from Hawaii, bearing the Myrrh-streaming icon of the Theotokos, described here. Not only were we able to have a Paraklisis (Small Supplication to the Virgin, a service in which we ask the Theotokos to pray for all those whom we name, a list that we add to every week) and venerate this beautiful icon, but we were even anointed with the myrrh with which this icon is flowing, and to keep a bit of cotton soaked in the myrrh.
The scent of the myrrh is quite distinctive. I’d say the scent of a rose is the closest, but there is something more to it than that. In consistency, it’s a very fine oil, very light, working its way into the skin immediately. It’s beautiful!
Although this myrrh-streaming is a miracle, completely without rational explanation (I saw the icon removed completely from its case, and can say without a doubt that there is no trick involved), there seemed to be nothing out of the ordinary at all. It seemed as natural as the sunrise each day that an icon should be streaming myrrh, and that the faithful would benefit by it. I thank God that I had and have no doubts about its authentic nature. I hope that many others will be able to benefit from such a great blessing as this.
Let’s all pray for God’s mercy in that regard.