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October 2, 2008
The Virgin Mary sure does get around. We’ve already noted her appearances on baking surfaces — panifestations. Now she’s taken up residence inside the glass panes of a window at Mercy Hospital in Springfield, Massachusetts.
The Boston Globe posted a gallery of photos that show Mary has made frequent visits to the Boston area. A report in the Springfield Republican notes that the window was installed in the 1970s, but apparently could find no expert to say why Mary took so long to stop by. The parking lot outside the window has become populated with pilgrims, eager for blessings, which makes the window easy to find for the casually curious. It seems that Mary is most visible during the day.
Amazingly, this is not the first Mary appearance on a hospital window in Massachusetts. In 2003, crowds flocked to the parking lot of a hospital in Milton, MA to witness a spontaneous rendering of the Virgin in a second floor window.
When Mary appears on portable surfaces (like window panes) the time to visit her is often short, as the image eventually disappears into the local Diocese, possibly for super-secret scrutiny at the Vatican. Tree stump Marys are usually more durable. But she really can pop up anywhere.
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