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Our Lady of Glendale?

Another curious case of a reported weeping statue of Mary, this time in suburban Los Angeles:

The miracle stands atop the fireplace, flanked by artisan crucifixes and flower bouquets left by worshipers from across the U.S.

For the past two weeks, Glendale residents and visitors from Boston, New Jersey and elsewhere have come to Anahid Sallakian’s single-family home to pray to a Virgin Mary statuette that’s elicited tears and prayers. It’s been covered in oil.

Representatives from the Los Angeles Archdiocese did not respond to requests for comment, and leaders from neighboring St Mary’s Armenian Apostolic Church were unavailable for comment. But those who’ve observed the Mary statue “weeping,” or have seen its fingers move, say it is a sign from God.


“I don’t know why God chose me; only he knows,” Sallakian said. “This is a sign for people to love each other and pray. There are people who don’t believe, but maybe this is the sign. I don’t know.”

It began at 10:30 p.m. July 19 when Sallakian was praying in her living room. She said she saw a star on the Mary statue, and when she touched it, her hand was covered in oil.

“She gave us the oil for nine days,” Sallakian said. “I don’t know if it’s finished.”

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posted August 3, 2010 at 12:40 pm

I’d like to obtain some of the oil for the purposes of anointing and healing. Is anyone near enough to Glendale to send me some?

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posted August 3, 2010 at 12:52 pm

UGH—It says “praying TO THE statue”
Will they ever get it right?

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posted August 3, 2010 at 1:56 pm

Mom always said “don’t walk across the street to see a miracle.
They are for those with little faith”.
For me the miracle is I am alive and Jesus called me by name,
that should be enough for anyone. Holy water that, I use at home
and at Church, takes away my small sins and I have the sacraments for
wonderful graces.
I do worry when things like this happen because those who ‘believe’ one day and then find out it wasn’t real lose their faith; just as rapidly as they found it.

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posted August 3, 2010 at 8:55 pm

Catholics DO NOT pray to statues. They serve as a visual reminder!
I expect better from beliefnet.

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posted August 4, 2010 at 8:01 am

Dear Patrick,
“They” don’t have to get it right. They know what they mean. God has blessed you to help communicate that they are really praying to our Mother. I am humbled that God continually chooses the lowly, the pure of heart. God bless you and all who hear of this event. Bob

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