Monday, May 16, 2016

Miraculous church celebrates 150 years

From Central PA-

Iris Reigle’s life changed when she was 9 years old.

So did the daily life of the church her family attended.

It was after Holy Week’s Wednesday evening prayer service on April 6, 1977 when her mother asked Iris, now Iris Chowka, if she had seen anything on the tabernacle cloth on the main altar.

"I said I saw Jesus," Chowka, 48, of Coal Township, said during Holy Trinity Episcopal Church’s open house on Sunday. "It confirmed what she saw. It just confirmed what other people thought they saw."

Her mother told her to go and tell her grandmother in the parish hall in the next room. When news of the image spread, the number of visitors began to grow. On Pentecost Sunday, June 3, 1979, people claimed to have seen a second image of Jesus with outstretched arms, which sparked a renewed interest for a brief time. Then Guideposts magazine published a story in June of 1981 of a Holy Trinity parishioner dying from cancer who went into the church for his last communion, recalled William Hazzard, the church’s senior warden. The man claimed to feel a powerful presence from the veil and later was found to be free of cancer.

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