The faithful are flocking to a small Louisiana neighbourhood to witness a statue of Mother Mary which they believe is bleeding.
The statue of the Mother Mary holding baby Jesus is in the front garden of a home in Baton Rouge.
The home’s owner, Hai Nguyen, was cutting his lawn when he looked up and saw blood on the statue which seemed to be coming out of Mary’s temple, his family explained.
Bleeding: The faithful are flocking to a Baton Rouge home to witness this statue of Mother Mary which they believe is bleeding
Message: Hai Nguygen was mowing his lawn when he looked up and saw blood on this statue of the Mother Mary, which appeared to be coming from her temple
A neighbour, Kim Pham, toldWLOX Channel 13that the blood was dripping down the statue’s face.
Nguyen’s daughter translated to the news station for her father, ‘He don’t know how to explain it. He just know that maybe God sent a message through Mary.’
Believing it was a real message from God, the family called everyone they knew to come and see the bleeding Mary with their own eyes.
As news spread and more believers arrived, the family erected a gazebo for the faithful to keep an overnight vigil in front of the statue.
Drawing crowds: As news of the bleeding statue spread, a crowd gathered to pray before it
Investigation: Local priests have taken samples of the ‘blood’ to determine what it is
Pham explained, ‘So everybody come over and we pray all night last night. All night.’
Local priests have taken samples of the substance from the statue’s face to determine what it is, local stations reported.
A religious studies professor from Louisiana State University told CNN that the observation demonstrates the devotion of these believers.
‘One way to think about it is to see how this is real to those who devote themselves to Mary and what that means to them as a kind of prayerful way to contemplate the role Mary in their lives or Jesus in their lives and for many people it’s empowering and it’s a way to return to a devotion.’