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.
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.
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.
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.
Martyrdom==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 .
Jose 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].* [http://www.orthodoxhawaii.org/icons.html Holy Theotokos of Iveron Russian Orthodox Church, Honolulu Hawaii ].
* [http://www.stjohndc.org/Russian/munoz/e_official/e_9806e.HTM Remembering Brother Joseph, Martyred Curator of the Iveron Icon] ''(Autopsy).''
Jose Muñoz-Cortes|Brother Jose 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 MYRRH- STREAMING ICON OF THE IVERON MOTHER OF GOD].
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