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Mary wept, resident says

Her Virgin Mary statuette has allegedly moved its fingers and cried, drawing thousands of visitors.

August 02, 2010|By Max Zimbert,
  • People from across the country have come to the home of Anahid Sallakian after hearing that this Virgin Mary statuette had performed a miracle around mid-July, at the Orange Grove Street home in Glendale. An oily aromatic substance appeared on the statuette on July 19 and lasted for about nine days, Sallakian said.
People from across the country have come to the home of… (Raul Roa/News-Press )

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."

One woman came to pray before a cancer surgery the following day, Sallakian said.

"She came back the next day and said nothing was wrong," she said. "This is a miracle. This happened."

Word of the alleged apparition spread through neighborhood church groups and reached a national audience through American and Armenian media reports, Sallakian said.

The house was flooded with thousands of worshipers and well-wishers, she said.

"For 15 days, I couldn't do anything in my house," Sallakian said. "I couldn't cook or anything. I cannot explain what happened."

Cyma Babahekian, a Glendale resident, touched Mary's palms before she prayed Saturday. Her daughter, Rita Mikailian, said they wanted an opportunity to see the miracle and reflect on their relationship with God.

"I can tell it's a miracle," Mikailian said. "God is saying through Mary that 'I'm here. I'm coming soon.'"

The message, Sallakian said, has been heard near and far.

"They come to try and be close to God," she said. "I'm saying, this is a sign to believe in God."

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