Crosses of Light Archive
Pierce, an evangelistic
minister, believes that the cross is a sign of Jesus Christ's return.
Commenting on the phenomenon, the Los Angeles Herald Examiner observes
that ,"whether or not a miracle exists, it is clear that many people
in Los Angeles want desperately to see and touch a fingerprint of the
Creator... All but the most committed of atheists would like to have
a sign, any sign. Everyone wants to know that we are here for a reason,
and that a higher entity stopped by to tell us so." (reported in Share
International, October 1986)
While producing a video documentary on the El Monte crosses, Frances Robinson hears stories of numerous others in Baldwin Park, Montebello, La Puente and East Los Angeles.
These new crosses
can be viewed from outside into the bathroom window, but this time through
etched glass, according to the LA Times. When the source of light is
turned off the images disappear. In spite of the pessimism of the local
clergy who as usual insist on commonplace causes for this phenomenon,
the local response has been enormous, with queues stretching up the
block armed with videos and cameras, and the crowds are still growing.
A steady stream
of neighbours and relatives now visit her bathroom to take a look at
the cross. Some visitors cry, pray and kneel on the floor when they
see the image. Ruiz, a Catholic who attends church infrequently, said
she used to think reports of religious sightings were "a bunch of phony
baloney." But now she's not so sure. "I can't say it's a sign from God
or it's not a sign from God," she said. "It is weird." (Source: Pasadena
Noriega saw the Virgin on the lighted cross, surrounded by a host of angels next to her "like the Immaculate Conception." The vision came after midnight and lasted for more than a week before it disappeared. The vision of the Virgin on the cross returns every month during the full moon.
Other phenomena have occured in Noriega's home - additional crosses in the window, rainbows on the ground, oil seeping from a candle in her bedroom, and the sound of bells. In her living room are faint photographs, taken by Noriega at her house, of a man on a cross reaching out to a similar figure in prayer, and a diamond-shaped figure in the sun.
Because of the cross, and a scent of roses in the house, many people make a pilgrimage to her house seeking the Virgin Mary's presence. Each week, Noriega holds a Friday night prayer meeting in her living room. It is here that the Virgin has been appearing for three years, Noriega says. Noriega also invites troubled people into her home to help them overcome despair and renew their faith in God by sharing her miracle with them. "Inviting people here to pray and see the crosses makes them feel good," Noriega said. "They can feel the Holy Spirit. They can feel all these warm feelings."
The cross of light has transformed the lives of many people, including a former drug addict, Hussem Farach, who said: "I believe I've been in the worst places in my living hell... But now I know, whatever happens, God is there for me. He's already proved it."
(Source: Daily Bulletin, Southern California, USA, 1996 )
She walked through the house, listening for the source of the baby's cry. When she turned on the light to look in the bathroom, she heard a loud rush of wind. Then she saw the cross in the window and fell to her knees and cried.
Since then, life has changed completely for the 12 members of the Ortega family who share the house. Maria Ortega says she feels more spiritual. George, her 21-year-old son, has stopped drinking. And then there is the constant stream of visitors who come into their home, file through the living room and into the bathroom to stand in the tub and look at the cross.
Three hundred to seven hundred people stop by each day. At four in the morning, a mother with a baby knocks on the door. Maria's husband, Margarito Ortega, says that although he feels "a little tired", he cannot deny people the right to see the cross. Says family member David Ortega: "I think it's a message to everybody. Something's going to happen, but we don't know what." (Source: Orange County Register, USA)
As word spread about the cross, crowds began lining up at the Alvarez' house to see the phenomenon. While viewing the cross, people kneel and pray, say the rosary, cry, and even faint.
"A lot of people
think it's a message God is trying to send us because we're in the last
days," said Mrs Alvarez. According to the article: "The family has a
copy of a locally produced video about the cross, which says: 'Christ
is coming soon' across the bottom of the frame in Spanish. ... The family
says a priest from Arvin told them the cross was a sign of the Second
Coming." (Source: Bakersfield Californian, USA)
In a related development, television producer Dan Meenan of the US tabloid program Hard Copy, told Share International contributor and video producer Frances Robinson that after filming a story about a previous manifestation of a cross in Louisiana a cross appeared on the videotape which had not been present during the original shooting. Meenan said that on a production which attempted to document an alleged cross appearing in the Louisiana sky in l989, they were not able to see the cross in the sky on tape, but that they did an interview with a Catholic priest who was at the scene of its appearance just outside New Orleans. It was later in the studio that the cross appeared, superimposed on the image of the priest, stated Meenan. He saw it while they were editing. "It was as clear as could be and had nothing to do with the image of the priest; it hadn't been there when we interviewed him; we went over it five times to be sure it was there, and it looked exactly the same to me each time", even though the editor he was working with couldn't see it. (from Share International, January-February 1991)
Since Christmas Day the crosses, originally gold or bronze-coloured, have been steadily growing in intensity and thousands of visitors have inundated the tiny community, queueing outside to enter the church and witness the phenomenon. There are no external factors which could account for the manifestation: reporters from the local television station WVUE-TV have filmed the crosses and are convinced they are genuine.
One visitor, Lucretia Hunter, returned home to Buras to find an identical cross of light shining in her bathroom window. Parishioner Lois Gibson said that the crosses had "brought the whole community here closer together, irrespective of creed or nationality. It is a sign at the time of the millennium that it is possible for us all to live in harmony together." (Source: The Planet on Sunday, UK)
"I can't get the hair on the back of my neck to do anything but stick straight out these days. The crosses are indeed in the windows at the Copper Ridge Baptist Church. That is a fact. It doesn't matter if you believe it or not. There at first, I was a bit of a sceptic myself. But now that I've seen the crosses of Copper Ridge with these two eyes, I'm a believer"
( Bob Hurley, columnist for The Greenville Sun )
On November 8, 1995, the members of a small, 135-year-old Baptist church near Knoxville, Tennessee noticed that the light coming in through the windows was in a new pattern: the shape of an even-armed cross. All five sanctuary windows, which have been installed in the church for 26 years began to exhibit the same phenomenon.
The crosses are not on the window per se, but are suspended in mid-air like a holographic image some 30 yards away from the building. They appear white in the daytime when the light source is the sun. At night, when a streetlight is the light source, they are a fiery, reddish-gold. And while the image which appears on the glass may only be four to six feet tall, the crosses, as seen through the windows, stretch from the ground upward to about 40 feet.
Since the Knoxville crosses have been made public via word-of-mouth and local, national and international media, more than 35,000 people have visited the church. There have been many undocumented claims of healing ( such as blindness, deafness, cancer, and drug abuse ).
A radio announcer called it "the miracle of 37th street." In spite of the crush of people around her home, Rollins believes it is a sign from God, a message of hope for one of the poorest areas in town. (Source: Miami Herald, USA)
It was mid-afternoon. With a score of neon lights on and sunlight streaming through two windows, there could be no occasion for hocus-pocus. The piece of glass was set up on its box like a picture frame. It looked exactly like any other piece of frosted glass, almost opaque, one could not see through. A flashlight was pointed at it and switched on and there appeared this even-armed cross of light seemingly within a diamond-shaped aura. Somebody placed another switched-on flashlight beside the first and two crosses appeared. The flashlights were switched off. The crosses disappeared. They were switched on again, the crosses reappeared.
boisterous newsroom was silent. Our inimitable fun-man, Managing Editor
Teddy Berbano, who could squeeze out of even the most serious occasion
the most hilarious joke, had no punch-line, or any line, this time.
As stated earlier, the phenomenon was awe-inspiring, or, at the very
least, intriguing. ( Julian Cruz, News Editor, Newsday Philippines,
22 March 1991)
It remains on the
glass today, sitting in his living room. For him, the cross is a symbol
of hope. "The main message here is one of hope to mankind," says Rebmann
sitting on his couch, the cross of light shining over his shoulder.
"We may be going through some pretty weird stuff right now, pretty harsh
stuff, but there is a light at the end of the tunnel and it isn't an
oncoming train." (Source Calgary Herald September 24, 1994)
Mrs Isatabas, interviewed
by Andrea Bistrich for Share International, said:
She has no doubt it is a miracle. "Now, when I have problems, I pray," she said. Problems include scepticism from the Church ("Not at all interested") and neighbours. "Many of them are laughing at us," said Mrs Isatabas, "they don't believe in it. But the fact is: we have a cross of light. What can we do if one day a cross appears in our window? But when you tell them this is a miracle from God they all say: You're mad! We've had the window glass checked by a glass firm and they told us the cross is not caused by the glass. They said that is impossible."
If she had a choice, would she keep it? "Definitely yes," she said. "It is calming, like a protection. It gives you hope." (from Share International, September 1998)
Crosses of light have appeared in the towns of Novo Mesto, Koper, Ljubljana and Lenart in Slovenia. News of these manifestations has spread creating much interest in the media.