Face of Jesus found on tree stump

Published Thursday, 09 August 2012
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An image - apparently of the face of Jesus Christ - has appeared on a tree stump in a Belfast cemetery.

The bearded face was discovered on the remains of a tree in Belfast City Cemetery, which was cut last week.

It has attracted local attention, and now the image has been captured on video and posted online by Belfast man Sean Osborne.

Mr Osborne went to the cemetery to investigate after his friend, who had been working in the area, spotted what he believed to be the Son of God's face.

"Lots of people have been to see it and one woman has been there saying the rosary at the stump.

"It really is mounting in terms of curiosity," he told UTV.

"You can feel the hair on the back of your neck stand up, you really need to see it for yourself."

The tree was growing in the grave of a young girl called Rebecca Steven, who was buried in August 1916.

A Belfast City Council spokesperson said the image was uncovered during general tree maintenance.

"People have said there's a likeness to Jesus Christ on the stump," she added.

The council did not comment on how the image appeared, and Sean said he was not sure either.

"Being a sceptic I've been down and scrubbed at it, but you can't really tell how it got to be there. But I put it on YouTube to let people make up their own mind.

"If someone has painted it on, they've done a really good job and kept quiet.

"I don't really know what I saw, but it will be interesting to see how it pans out," he explained.

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33 Comments
Liam in Essex wrote (778 days ago):
It looks more like Charles Manson.
Ulysses32 in Belfast wrote (797 days ago):
He done it often enough in the Bible, Lorna. I find a burning bush a bit gimmicky to be honest...
lorna in limavady wrote (797 days ago):
Very very very unlikely to be the face of Jesus Christ.It might appear an artist impression onwhat he looked like. How could God be making gimmic appearances.
norman.d in bangor wrote (802 days ago):
the reason this face appeared on the tree in belfast is because the people here are gullible and believe anything they see or our told a lot of nonsense
Anthony in Belfast wrote (803 days ago):
It can't be Gerry Adams,sure we know what he looks like, so it has to be the 'Jesus fella himself'
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