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[[Image:Bro Jose Munoz.jpg|right|thumb|Brother Jose José Muñoz-Cortes, with the Montreal Iveron Icon of the Mother of God.]]'''Jose 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 [[martyr]]ed on [[October 31]] in his hotel room in Athens, Greece.
==Life==
Joseph 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]].
In the summer of 1982, Brother Joseph 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, Fr. KlimentosElder Clement, greeted Brother Joseph's group Jose and his travelling companion warmly and offered traditional Athonite hospitality. Then he He then took them to see the skete's icon-painting studio.
Brother Joseph José felt an immediate and strong attraction for 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 handed chased after him handing him the icon to himIcon, saying that it pleased the [[Mother of God]] to go with him to North America.
[[Image:Brother Jose - Monument.JPG|right|thumb|Brother JoseJosé's gravesite and monument.]]Back in Montreal, Brother Joseph José began reading an [[akathist]] daily before the iconIcon. A few weeks later, on [[November 2524]], he awoke and smelled a strong fragrance. The new icon Icon was streaked with [[myrrh]], miraculously emanating from the hands and stars of the Mother of God.
For 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 Joseph José devoted himself to its Her care, accompanying it the holy Icon on numerous trips to [[parish]]es all over the United States and , Canada, to South America, Australia, and Europe. In Bulgaria, over sixty thousand people came to venerate the Icon at one particular church in Sofia. Brother Joseph José was also extremely faithful in fulfilling the countless requests for [[prayer]]s that he received, daily , commemorating scores thousands of peoplenames, among whom were several dozen godchildren.
==Martyrdom==
Jose was tortured and brutally murdered in a hotel room in Athens, Greece on the night of [[October 31]], 1997, possibly by a group of Satanistsseveral 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 iconIcon. The case is still unsolved, though several individuals were suspected in the crime.  The Myrrh-Streaming Montreal Icon disappreaed following Brother José's murder, and has not been seen since. Brother José has not yet been glorified a saint by the Church, though many miracles have taken place in his name, including icons of Brother José himself that have begun giving myrrh.  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==
* [http://www.stjohndc.org/Russian/munoz/e_00_MunozTitle.htm Jose 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 Streaming Iveron Icon].* [http://www.orthodoxhawaii.org/icons.html Holy The Hawaiian Myrrh-Streaming Iveron Icon of the Theotokos of Iveron Russian Orthodox Church("Gavaiskaya"), Honolulu Hawaii ].
* [http://www.stjohndc.org/Russian/munoz/e_official/e_9806e.HTM Remembering Brother Joseph, Martyred Curator of the Iveron Icon] ''(Autopsy).''
==Sources==
* [[w:Brother Jose José Muñoz-Cortes|Brother Jose José Muñoz-Cortes]] at Wikipedia.
* [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'''.
* [http://www.yalchicago.org/Portaitissa_Miracle_Icon.html THE MYRRHThe Myrrh-STREAMING ICON OF THE IVERON MOTHER OF GODStreaming Icon of the Mother of God of Iveron].
[[Category:Martyrs|Muñoz-Cortes]]
[[Category:Converts to Orthodox Christianity|Muñoz-Cortes]]
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