Last week, a miracle drew a crowd of thousands to Sime Darby Medical Centre (SDMC) in Subang Jaya, Malaysia, all eager to catch a glimpse of it. The “miracle” is believed to be the first reported sighting of an image of the Virgin Mary in Malaysia. Those who didn’t manage to see it with their own eyes saw pictures that were shared over a hundred times across social media platforms, including Facebook. Needless to say, the phenomenon went viral.
To the believers, Virgin Mary, whom Catholics revere as the Mother of God, has come. And as ironic as it may be, she chose to appear on the window pane of a hospital. Some witnesses have also said they could make out a second image forming on another glass pane below the vertical row housing the apparition of Mary.
According to them, the second image resembled Jesus Christ on the crucifix.
A few days after, SDMC agreed to give the Catholic Church the glass panels on which the image were. It has since been moved to the Marian Church of Our Lady Lourdes in Klang.
In an official statement, Sime Darby Group said, “Sime Darby Medical Centre Subang Jaya has removed and handed over two window panes from the North Tower of the hospital complex to the Catholic Church. One of the panes has on it marks that some claim resemble artistic depictions of Mary, the Mother of Jesus. The removal of the window panes was carried out by professionals with due care, safety, and caution exercise throughout the process, which started at 10am and ended without incident at 11:35am”. (Source)
The leaders and parishioners of the Subang Jaya Catholic church were also present at the hospital during the removal of the panes. Later, a hospital official confirmed that the glass panels have already been safely delivered to the Marian Church of Our Lady Lourdes in Klang.
The Klang church’s parish priest Rev Fr Michael Chua said the window panels will be open for public viewing daily from 11am to 10pm, pending further instructions from the Archbishop of Kuala Lumpur.
Until then, the Catholic Church said it will withhold comment until the image has been tested and verified by theologians and church authorities, a process that will take time.