The icon of St. John the Baptist has been emitting an oil that streaks down it and collects at its base for more than three years at Assumption Greek Orthodox Church in Homer Glen. Photos by Thomas Czaja/22nd Century Media
Patti Manolis prays by the weeping icon of St. John the Baptist, which has been dripping the sweet-smelling oil since July 2015, during her latest visit Thursday, Sept. 6, to Assumption Greek Orthodox Church in Homer Glen.
Cotton balls collect the oil at the base of the icon. The Rev. Sotirios Dimitriou, known also as Father Sam, has consistently given the oil-saturated pieces of cotton for believers to take home for themselves and loved ones, and he also mails them out to people around the world.
Rob and Flora Ceven stand with some of the cotton balls covered in oil during their visit at Assumption Greek Orthodox Church. The couple stopped by while visiting from Massachusetts.
Letters from around the globe come to the Homer Glen parish, seeking some of the oil from the weeping icon, sharing testimonies of its healing powers or words of praise and thanks.