Saint Michael weeping Rhodes, Greece
Architectural Office reports Weeping Icon not Tampered.
November 5, 2013 - Reported here. Yesterday, Rhodosreports.gr posted a letter from the Greek Architectural bureau that reports the results of their investigation of the wood, veneer, and paint of the icon made because of a request by the Metropolitan of Rhodes. It appears that the Metropolitan wants to conduct an adequate investigation of the phenomenon.
The scientists dispatched by the state found that the icon had not been tampered with in any way…It’s not clear if the icon is still weeping, and I haven’t yet seen reports claiming a miracle occurring from the icon. Typically, beyond the physical investigation, a miracle caused by the phenomenon is expected to validate its origin. We’ll see as time passes and this story further develops….
My rough and unreliable translation of the letter follows:
Ministry of Culture and Sports
General with Direction and Antiques
Rhodes, 1 November 2013
Subject: Conservation status of the portable image of the Archangel Archangel Michael from the cemetery church of onsite.
a) The application of 29.10.2013 Metropolis Rhodes by Archimandrite Apostolos Pezouvani, Director of Church Of the Dormition onsite to describe the situation by Michael of a funerary temple at the site.
Following the above request from you, concerning the description of the conservation status of large portable icon of Holy Archangel Michael from the funerary temple at the site and which has been the main pilgrimage of the Church of the Dormition, we inform you that after the first [forensic] autopsy on 10/26/2013 by Mr. Foti Sidiropoulos, and the second on 31 of the same month by Mr. Sotiris Reefer, art restorer and most senior member of our service, found that there is no alteration in the wooden body in layers of color and varnish. The image was preserved by Mr. Reefer and retouching made Mr. Sidiropoulos 2010 and since then there is no change (it’s maintenance), which is excellent.
We are at your disposal for any information or clarification.
*See/view videos about these events here and here.
October 27, 2013 - Reported here. A Wonderworking Icon of the Archangel Michael Weeps in Rhodes. By John Sanidopoulos. Inhabitants of Rhodes are talking about a miracle, having seen on Saturday morning an icon of the Archangel Michael weeping in the Sacred Church of the Archangel Michael in the Old Cemetery of Ialyssos.
At 2:00 PM Metropolitan Kyrillos of Rhodes went to the place himself where the icon can be found following reports from the faithful, in order to determine if this was a miracle or some other event. The Metropolitan, after indeed verifying there were what looked like tears on the face of the Archangel, asked for the icon to be moved from the place it was hanging. They then examined the back side of the icon as well as the wall on which it rested to determine if there was moisture which passed on to the icon.
Having established that this was impossible, the Metropolitan of Rhodes testified that this was in fact a miracle, and he asked that the icon be brought to the Sacred Church of the Dormition of the Theotokos in Ialyssos for public veneration, as well as to see if a change in environment would halt the phenomenon. "We will move it to the big church to see how the phenomenon evolves," Metropolitan Kyrillos told the faithful who had gathered in the small chapel.The first to see the icon weeping were women who went on Saturday morning to open the church and who in turn informed the vicar of the church.The vicar, Fr. Apostolos, informs us that the icon was constructed in 1896 and had recently undergone maintenance by the archaeological department.
As of today, the icon continues to weep in its new environment, sometimes stopping but then continuing again, and it is even reported that a second icon of the Archangel Michael is weeping from the original church as well. Large crowds have gathered to venerate the icon and have been anointed with the holy myrrh.In the video below, the moment can be seen when the Metropolitan was investigating the icon as well as the testimonials of the residents.