Is it miraculous? Plenty of the faithful say so, flocking by the hundreds to a tree in West New York where onlookers have spotted an image of Our Lady of Guadalupe, a Roman Catholic icon of the Virgin Mary.
Crowds have flocked to the tree's 6-inch-long image, leading police to erect barricades near the intersection of 60th Street and Bergenline Avenue to better direct the flow. Many believe the carving holds mystical powers, reports Fox5.
According to CBS2, residents say the carving appeared after a man from Mexico was killed in a crash in the area.
What does it mean? "It's something special for the people of West New York," said one onlooker, Jose Alequin, to The Jersey Journal. "I think it's a message for the good people to take care of their families."
As of this writing, The Archdiocese of Newark has not found the tree to be anything other than a "phenomenon," cautions CBS2, though priests at nearby churches will happily speak with anyone in need of counsel.
PHOTO of Our Lady of Guadalupe, side by side with the tree [ via NBC 4 New York]:
Check out a gallery of other religious visions below:
No. 11: Grilled Cheesus Panini Maker
Brooklynite Robert Corso is hoping to earn the praises of foodies by creating a panini maker called the Grilled Cheesus. The device isn't on the market yet, but a $25,000 funding drive was the answer to his prayers, and the first set of appliances is currently being manufactured.
No. 10: Kudzu Jesus
In this June 28, 2011, photo, a patch of kudzu grows on a utility pole, in Kinston, N.C. People in the area see a likeness to Jesus Christ on the cross. Kent Hardison runs Ma's Hot Dog stand nearby. He says he was getting ready to spray it with herbicide until he noticed the resemblance. (AP Photo/Daily Free Press, Charles Buchanan)
No. 9: Jesus On a Cliff
American tourist Sandra Clifford took a photo of this cliff allegedly showing an image of Jesus at the Cliffs of Moher in Ireland. Source: <a href="http://www.irishcentral.com/news/US-tourist-says-she-captured-image-of-Jesus-on-Cliffs-of-Moher-133715288.html" target="_hplink">IrishCentral.com</a>
No. 8: Surfing Madonna
The image of the Virgin of Guadalupe on a surfboard is a popular attraction in Encinitas, Calif., and was installed recently by disguised artists under a train bridge.
No. 7: Jesus on a Tea Towel
Roisin McCourt says Jesus' face appeared on one of her stained towels. The 31-year-old dance instructor discovered the discolored smudge after giving the towel a wash in her home in Coventry, England. Though Jesus' likeness might be hard to make out, McCourt believes it is a sign from God.
No. 6: God In Varicose Vein
Audreanna Phelps was at the mall one day when she noticed the word "God" on her leg, spelled out by a vein. Not sure what to think, Phelps asked for her cousin's opinion, then sent a picture to her parents and, according to kwch.com, everyone agreed it looks like the word "God."
No. 5: Jesus in Wax
An "image of Jesus" seen in dripped wax by worshippers at a church in Wiltshire, England, has been removed by a cleaner. The face was first spotted by church warden Nicky Irwin at the parish church of Ogbourne St George at Easter.
No. 4: Virgin Mary and Baby Jesus on Tortilla
Compare this Solis family picture of a tortilla with the image of Virgin Mary and infant Jesus, left, with a Byzantine image of the Virgin Mary, right.
No. 3: Pizza Jesus
Owners of Brisbane, Australia's Posh Pizza shop say that the face of Jesus mysteriously appeared in one of their three-cheese pizzas.
No. 2: Rocking Jesus
Is this a patch of peeling paint on an old wooden rocking chair, or is it the face of Jesus Christ? A couple in Orange County, Calif., say a seat in their backyard contains a striking image of Jesus.
No. 1: Jesus In Walmart Receipt
In June, Jacob Simmons and his fiancee, Gentry Lee Sutherland, said they bought some pictures from a Walmart in Anderson County, S.C., only to notice a shadowy image on the receipt three days later.
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