The Virgin Mary continues her very successful 2012 North American Tour (sadly, without Madonna as an opening act) by appearing in a tree in New York, with fans sleeping overnight in front of Ticketmaster outlets to get front row seats for the show.
Despite yesterday’s heat, dozens of people flocked to see the “Virgin Mary tree” near the corner of 60th Street and Bergenline Avenue in West New York.
All afternoon, crowds surrounded the tree, which some say appears to carry an image of the Virgin Mary.
Since the image was first discovered in the tree last week, a large shrine of candles and flowers has grown around the tree…
The image has touched off a worldwide craze, with outlets across the country and the world picking up the story of the “Virgin Mary tree.” The media sensation has spurred a steady pilgrimage to the tree.
Maria Medina came from Hoboken yesterday to see the “Virgin Mary tree” for herself.
“I’m not really sure if it’s actually her,” said Medina, who’s Catholic.
Michael Oquendo, who was jogging by yesterday incensed some in the crowd when he shouted that the vigil was a form of “idolatry” and compared it to sins referenced in the Bible.
He ended his rant by shouting “may a lightning bolt strike that tree down,” prompting cheers of “Amen!” from some in the crowd as well as angry comments.
Two older men began shouting at Oquendo in Spanish, and one of them grabbed his hand and tried to push him away from the scene.
An officer broke up the confrontation.
“I was simply preaching the word in the Bible,” Oquendo said. “I respect other people’s faith and their right to their beliefs, but this is a little crazy.”
But you share 99% of their beliefs. How amusing.