Myrrh-streaming icon of St. Nicholas drawing thousands to Ukrainian villager’s house

Gnatovka, Rivne Province, Ukraine, July 30, 2019

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Thousands of Ukrainian clergy and faithful have begun flocking to a village in the Rivne Province to see for themselves and venerate an icon of St. Nicholas the Wonderworker that recently began streaming myrrh. While such miracles often occur in churches, this particular icon is located at the house of a simple believer in the village of Gnatovka, reports the Union of Orthodox Journalists.

This icon is also unique in that the myrrh changes color every time it appears.

Maria Rokitskaya first noticed the drops coming from the saint’s eyes in the morning on July 24, the feast of the Equal-to-the-Apostles St. Olga, as she read her morning prayers. She called her relatives to come see the icon to confirm what she had seen.

“She took the icon down and I also saw the wet traces around the eyes,” said her relative Svetlana Raphailovich. “Together we decided to call and consult with a priest. Father advised us to keep an eye on it. By the evening, the myrrh was streaming from the icon; at first it was clear, and then colored.”

Before the icon began streaming, it hung on the wall, Maria says, but once the myrrh started, it fell from the wall twice in a row. Therefore, she put the icon on the table with a plate under it to collect the liquid flowing from it.   

The new of the miraculous icon quickly spread to the surrounding villages and throughout Ukraine. Both clergy and laymen have begun flocking to her house, singing akathists before the icon and prayerfully entreating healing.     

Several thousands of people from all over Ukraine have visited the icon over the course of four days, Maria Rokitskaya reports.

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