The Deacon's Bench

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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