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'''Jose Muñoz-Cortes''' (1950, Chile - 1997, Greece) was a Chilean convert to Orthodox Chrisitanity who became interested in monasticism, and became the guardian of the miracle-working myrrh-streaming Iveron Icon of the Mother of God (Montreal Icon). He was martyred on [[October 31]]st in his hotel room in Athens Greece.  
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[[Image:Bro Jose Munoz.jpg|right|thumb|Brother José Muñoz-Cortes, with the Montreal Iveron Icon of the Mother of God.]]
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'''José Muñoz-Cortes''' (1950, Chile - 1997, Greece) was a Chilean [[conversion|convert]] to Orthodox Christianity who became interested in [[monasticism]], and became the guardian of the miracle-working myrrh-streaming Iveron Icon of the Mother of God (Montreal Icon). He was murdered on [[October 31]], 1997, in his hotel room in Athens, Greece.  
  
 
==Life==
 
==Life==
Joseph was born in Chile into a pious [[Roman Catholic]] family of Spanish descent. He was a boy of twelve when became acquainted with Archbishop Leonty of Chile and under his influence José was baptized into the [[Church of Russia|Russian Orthodox Church]] two years later, with his mother's consent. He began to lead a monastic life as best he could within the confines of the world, although he did not enter a monastery. Later he moved to Canada and continued to observe this way of life.  
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Brother José was born in Chile into a pious [[Roman Catholic]] family of Spanish descent. He was a boy of twelve when became acquainted with [[Archbishop]] Leonty of Chile and under his influence José was [[baptism|baptized]] into the [[Church of Russia|Russian Orthodox Church]] two years later, with his mother's consent. He began to lead a monastic life as best he could within the confines of the world, although he did not enter a [[monastery]]. Later he moved to Canada and continued to observe this way of life.  
  
 
A talented artist, he secured a job teaching art at the University of Montreal, and began studying [[iconography]].  
 
A talented artist, he secured a job teaching art at the University of Montreal, and began studying [[iconography]].  
  
In the summer of 1982, Brother Joseph went to [[Mount Athos]] with a particular interest in visiting some [[skete]]s and monasteries specializing in icon painting. At the small skete of the Nativity of Christ, the abbot, Fr. Klimentos, greeted Brother Joseph's group warmly and offered traditional Athonite hospitality. Then he took them to see the skete's icon-painting studio.  
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In the summer of 1982, Brother José went to [[Mount Athos]] with a particular interest in visiting some [[skete]]s and monasteries specializing in [[icon]] painting. At the small skete of the Nativity of Christ, the abbot, Elder Clement, greeted Brother Jose and his travelling companion warmly and offered traditional Athonite hospitality. He then took them to see the skete's icon studio.  
  
Brother Joseph felt an immediate and strong attraction for an icon of the [[Mother of God]], a contemporary (1981) copy of the ancient and revered [[Panagia Portaitissa|Iveron Icon]]. It was one of the first icons which had been painted at this skete, by one Fr. Chrysostomos in 1981. He was disappointed to learn that it was not for sale, but to his great joy, as he was leaving the skete, Abbot Clement, unexpectedly handed the icon to him, saying that it pleased the [[Mother of God]] to go with him to America.  
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Brother José felt an immediate and strong attraction to an icon of the [[Mother of God]], a contemporary (1981) copy of the ancient and revered [[Panagia Portaitissa|Iveron Icon]]. It was one of the first icons which had been painted at this skete, by one Fr. Chrysostomos in 1981. He was disappointed to learn that it was not for sale, but to his great joy, as he was leaving the skete, [[Abbot]] Clement, unexpectedly chased after him handing him the Icon, saying that it pleased the [[Mother of God]] to go with him to North America.  
  
Back in Montreal, Brother Joseph began reading an [[akathist]] daily before the icon. A few weeks later, on [[November 25]], he awoke and smelled a strong fragrance. The new icon was streaked with myrrh, miraculously emanating from the hands of the Mother of God.  
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[[Image:Brother Jose - Monument.JPG|right|thumb|Brother José's gravesite and monument.]]
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Back in Montreal, Brother José began reading an [[akathist]] daily before the Icon. A few weeks later, on [[November 24]], he awoke and smelled a strong fragrance. The new Icon was streaked with [[myrrh]], miraculously emanating from the hands and stars of the Mother of God.  
  
For the next fifteen years, as myrrh continued to flow from the Icon, Brother Joseph devoted himself to its care, accompanying it on numerous trips to parishes all over the United States and Canada, to South America, Australia, and Europe.  Brother Joseph was also faithful in fulfilling the countless requests for [[prayer]]s that he received, daily commemorating scores of people, among whom were several dozen godchildren.  
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Soon thereafter, It was recognized by the Russian Orthodox Church Abroad, and given the blessing to travel to churches and monasteries for the edification of the Christian faithful.
  
==Martyrdom==
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During the next fifteen years, as myrrh continued to flow from the holy Icon, Brother José devoted himself to Her care, accompanying the holy Icon on numerous trips to [[parish]]es all over the United States, Canada, South America, Australia, and Europe.  In Bulgaria, over sixty thousand people came to venerate the Icon at one particular church in Sofia.
Jose was tortured and murdered in a hotel room in Athens, Greece on the night of [[October 31]]st, 1997, possibly by a group of Satanists. He had planned to return to Canada the following day to celebrate the fifteenth anniversary of the appearance of the miraculous myrrh on the icon.  
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Brother José was also extremely faithful in fulfilling the countless requests for [[prayer]]s that he received, daily, commemorating thousands of names, among whom were several dozen godchildren.
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==Death==
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Jose was tortured and brutally murdered in a hotel room in Athens, Greece on the night of [[October 31]], 1997, by several individuals.
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He had planned to return to Canada the following day to celebrate the fifteenth anniversary of the appearance of the miraculous appearance of myrrh on the Icon.  The case is still unsolved, though several individuals were suspected in the crime. 
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The Myrrh-Streaming Montreal Icon disappeared following Brother José's murder, and has not been seen since.
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Brother José has not been glorified a saint by the Church, though many miracles have reportedly taken place in his name, including icons of Brother José himself that have begun giving myrrh.{{cite}}
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One such miraculous connection is the newly-revealed and miracle-working Hawaiian Myrrh-streaming Iveron Icon of the Theotokos, which began giving myrrh shortly before the 10th anniversary of Brother José's martyrdom.  The Hawaiian Icon is a printed copy of the Montreal Icon.  Other copies of the Montreal Icon have also given myrrh at various times.
  
 
==See also==
 
==See also==
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==External links==
 
==External links==
* [http://www.stjohndc.org/Russian/munoz/e_00_MunozTitle.htm Jose Munoz-Cortez (1950-1997): The Chosen One of the Mother of God].
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* [http://www.stjohndc.org/Russian/munoz/e_00_MunozTitle.htm José Munoz-Cortez (1950-1997): The Chosen One of the Mother of God].
* [http://www.stjohndc.org/Russian/theotokos/e_Iveron_Munoz.htm "Montreal" Iveron Myrrh-streaming Icon].
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* [http://www.stjohndc.org/Russian/theotokos/e_Iveron_Munoz.htm "Montreal" Myrrh-Streaming Iveron Icon].
* [http://www.orthodoxhawaii.org/icons.html Holy Theotokos of Iveron Russian Orthodox Church, Honolulu Hawaii ].
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* [http://www.orthodoxhawaii.org/icons.html The Hawaiian Myrrh-Streaming Iveron Icon of the Theotokos ("Gavaiskaya"), Honolulu Hawaii ].
 
* [http://www.stjohndc.org/Russian/munoz/e_official/e_9806e.HTM Remembering Brother Joseph, Martyred Curator of the Iveron Icon] ''(Autopsy).''
 
* [http://www.stjohndc.org/Russian/munoz/e_official/e_9806e.HTM Remembering Brother Joseph, Martyred Curator of the Iveron Icon] ''(Autopsy).''
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* [http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bmxpdEbjddQ Miracle of the Myrrh Streaming Icon]. YouTube video of the myrrh streaming Iveron Icon of the Holy Theotokos in Hawaii.
  
 
==Sources==
 
==Sources==
* [[w:Brother Jose Muñoz-Cortes|Brother Jose Muñoz-Cortes]] at Wikipedia.
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* [[w:Brother José Muñoz-Cortes|Brother José Muñoz-Cortes]] at Wikipedia.
* [http://www.roca.org/OA/149/149c.htm The Biography of a Martyr]. '''Orthodox America'''.
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* [http://www.roca.org/OA/149/149c.htm The Biography of a Martyr]. ''Orthodox America''.
* [http://www.roca.org/OA/149/149d.htm Brother Jose Munoz-Cortez, Reflections at the Funeral]. '''Orthodox America'''.
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* [http://www.roca.org/OA/149/149d.htm Brother Jose Munoz-Cortez, Reflections at the Funeral]. ''Orthodox America''.
* [http://www.yalchicago.org/Portaitissa_Miracle_Icon.html THE MYRRH-STREAMING ICON OF THE IVERON MOTHER OF GOD].
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* [http://www.yalchicago.org/Portaitissa_Miracle_Icon.html The Myrrh-Streaming Icon of the Mother of God of Iveron].
  
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Brother José Muñoz-Cortes, with the Montreal Iveron Icon of the Mother of God.

José Muñoz-Cortes (1950, Chile - 1997, Greece) was a Chilean convert to Orthodox Christianity who became interested in monasticism, and became the guardian of the miracle-working myrrh-streaming Iveron Icon of the Mother of God (Montreal Icon). He was murdered on October 31, 1997, in his hotel room in Athens, Greece.

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Life

Brother José was born in Chile into a pious Roman Catholic family of Spanish descent. He was a boy of twelve when became acquainted with Archbishop Leonty of Chile and under his influence José was baptized into the Russian Orthodox Church two years later, with his mother's consent. He began to lead a monastic life as best he could within the confines of the world, although he did not enter a monastery. Later he moved to Canada and continued to observe this way of life.

A talented artist, he secured a job teaching art at the University of Montreal, and began studying iconography.

In the summer of 1982, Brother José went to Mount Athos with a particular interest in visiting some sketes and monasteries specializing in icon painting. At the small skete of the Nativity of Christ, the abbot, Elder Clement, greeted Brother Jose and his travelling companion warmly and offered traditional Athonite hospitality. He then took them to see the skete's icon studio.

Brother José felt an immediate and strong attraction to an icon of the Mother of God, a contemporary (1981) copy of the ancient and revered Iveron Icon. It was one of the first icons which had been painted at this skete, by one Fr. Chrysostomos in 1981. He was disappointed to learn that it was not for sale, but to his great joy, as he was leaving the skete, Abbot Clement, unexpectedly chased after him handing him the Icon, saying that it pleased the Mother of God to go with him to North America.

Brother José's gravesite and monument.

Back in Montreal, Brother José began reading an akathist daily before the Icon. A few weeks later, on November 24, he awoke and smelled a strong fragrance. The new Icon was streaked with myrrh, miraculously emanating from the hands and stars of the Mother of God.

Soon thereafter, It was recognized by the Russian Orthodox Church Abroad, and given the blessing to travel to churches and monasteries for the edification of the Christian faithful.

During the next fifteen years, as myrrh continued to flow from the holy Icon, Brother José devoted himself to Her care, accompanying the holy Icon on numerous trips to parishes all over the United States, Canada, South America, Australia, and Europe. In Bulgaria, over sixty thousand people came to venerate the Icon at one particular church in Sofia.

Brother José was also extremely faithful in fulfilling the countless requests for prayers that he received, daily, commemorating thousands of names, among whom were several dozen godchildren.

Death

Jose was tortured and brutally murdered in a hotel room in Athens, Greece on the night of October 31, 1997, by several individuals.

He had planned to return to Canada the following day to celebrate the fifteenth anniversary of the appearance of the miraculous appearance of myrrh on the Icon. The case is still unsolved, though several individuals were suspected in the crime.

The Myrrh-Streaming Montreal Icon disappeared following Brother José's murder, and has not been seen since.

Brother José has not been glorified a saint by the Church, though many miracles have reportedly taken place in his name, including icons of Brother José himself that have begun giving myrrh.citation needed

One such miraculous connection is the newly-revealed and miracle-working Hawaiian Myrrh-streaming Iveron Icon of the Theotokos, which began giving myrrh shortly before the 10th anniversary of Brother José's martyrdom. The Hawaiian Icon is a printed copy of the Montreal Icon. Other copies of the Montreal Icon have also given myrrh at various times.

See also

External links

Sources

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