I sometimes hear about weeping icons and myrrh-gushing icons and miracle-working icons, but . . . well . . .
But what happens when on the feast of Pentecost you are all alone in an old chapel built by the Crusaders, looking at an icon, and you actually see a "flame" above the woman's head??
Enlarge the photo, you will see it too!
The Book of Acts says that the Apostles [on the very first Pentecost] were gathered together in one place [the Upper Room] when suddenly a sound came from heaven like a rushing wind, filling the entire house where they were sitting.
"Divided tongues, as of fire, appeared among them, and a tongue rested on each of them."
They were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other languages as directed by the Spirit.
You can see the flames as depicted in classical artwork at
My other posts about Pentecost in Jerusalem are here.
Here's how the icon appears normally.
And as grateful as I am for the "miracle" I was treated to, I must add that this photo is for Weekend Reflections. Yes, reflections.
Happy Pentecost to all the Catholics and Protestants who celebrate it today!
Shalom from Jerusalem, where it all started.
(Linking to inSPIREd Sunday.)