A Virgin Mary statue has started weeping prompting a probe from the Catholic Church to determine if the incident is a “miracle”.
The statue of the mother of Jesus appeared to begin shedding tears that smelt like “flowers” during a service last Sunday.
Churchgoers were left stunned and have hailed the occurrence a miracle at the Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church in Hobbs, New Mexico.
Catholic Church officials have now been scrambled to investigate the statue as hundreds of people turn up to view the “miracle”.
Miracles require confirmation by church bosses before they are deemed as such.
Samples were collected by the investigators on Thursday from the Virgin Mary statue.
Church bosses have assured they are going to take a “scientific” approach to the suspected miracle.
Virgin Mary’s supposed tears were first spotted by Laura Cisneros, the church’s secretary.
She found a puddle of an “oil-like substance” had pooled at the feet of the statue during mass.
Another parishioner claims they then wiped away the tears, only for more to appear in her eyes.
Mrs Cisneros said: “On the day it happened, I sat down with my husband. I looked at the Virgin [Mary], and I asked him if the Virgin [Mary] had tears. And he told me no, I said the eyes of the Virgin weren’t like that.
“And when you smell it, it gives a scent of flowers, like it’s an essence that’s so sweet and smells really good.
“And it reminds us of our Virgin (Mary).”