A short video clip showing an image of the Virgin Mary seemingly moving her lips has invigorated Christians and sent them flocking to observe the purported phenomenon, while also reportedly confounding some skeptics.
Lips on the painted image of Jesus' mother, which is on display at the St. Charbels Church in New South Wales, Australia, are said to be moving along with the recitation Lord's Prayer, the Daily Mirror reported.
The video began going viral after a man named George Akary posted it to his Facebook page on July 19.
"I saw this during mass and at the end of mass the rosary is prayed," he wrote in a description accompanying the clip. "I went to the altar and wanted to confirm via recording it ... lights are not relevant and there flickering etc as I have seen this occur under various lighting and have considered those possibilities. It is what it is."
Akary said that the speed of the congregation's prayer seemed to impact how fast he saw the lips moving.
Watch the video below and judge for yourself:
Something I have seen a few times, this time I recorded it.. see the mouths on them. At st charbels church in punchbowl , sydney 19 th july during service.. To clarify for the viewers... i saw this during mass and at the end of mass the rosary is prayed. I went to the altar and wanted to confirm via recording it... lights are not relevant and there flickering etc as i have seen this occur under various lighting and have considered those possibilities. It is what it is... I also did notice whilst the people were praying the lips sped up or slowed down to the prayer been said ....God bless you all .To add to this. Please know this also occurs to the image of St Charbel and St Rita. Also st Josephs in croyden God willing I will capture this for you all. This occurs when you pray the rosary or many prayers after each other as an example like during mass during the apostles creed and the our father. If you don't believe, I usually go on 7pm mass sundays and will help you see it for yourself.. key word is help you I cannot guarantee any person this vision but am confident that many willPosted by George Akary on Sunday, July 19, 2015
Akary apparently wasn't the first person to upload a video of the purported miracle, as a woman named Kirsten Keirouz noticed it earlier this month and also posted a clip to her Facebook page.
"I believe it was a miracle, and not just lighting because we all saw it at the same time and because her lips would start moving and then stop and start again," she told the Daily Mail.
Skeptics have still maintained that the apparent lip moving is the result of the camera angles and lighting, despite claims from Akary and Keirouz to the contrary.
One important note is that Father Joseph Sleiman of St. Charbels Church isn't calling the perceived lip moving a miracle.
"I do not consider this to be a miracle, but I still encourage personal reflection and spirituality," he told the Daily Mail.
Here's another view:
What do you think?