Miraculous Icon to visit St. John the Baptist R.O. Cathedral, Mayfield, Pa.
St. John the Baptist Russian Orthodox Cathedral, Mayfield, Pa. will be honored with a visit by the Miraculous Icon of the "Softener of Evil Hearts" on Thursday, October 1st.
It has been reported that this Icon, located in the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour in Moscow wept miraculously during the election process of the new Patriarch Kirill. This Icon is also called the "Simeon's Propechy" Icon. According to the Evangelist Luke, the Holy Spirit told the righteous Elder Simeon, the God-receiver, that he would not die until he had seen the Messiah. Thus, forty days after the Divine Infant's birth, His parents brought Him to the Temple of Jerusalem, and Simeon "was inspired" to come there as well, and took the Infant into the his arms (hense the title "God-receiver" ), and pronounced those famous words that we use in St. Simeon's Prayer, "Lord now lettest Thou Thy servant depart in peace, according to Thy word..." (Luke 2:29). Just as Christ would be pierced with nails and a spear, so the soul of the Most-Pure Theotokos would be pierced by weapon of sorrow and pain in the heart, when she saw her Son's suffering. After that, the hidden thoughts of the people regarding the Messiah would be revealed, and they would face a choice: to be with Christ, or against Him. Such an interpretation of Simeon's prophecy became the subject of a number of Icons of the Theotokos. All those who turn to this Icon in prayer sense that with the softening of evil hearts comes easing of spiritual and physical suffering. People come to recognize that when they pray for their enemies before this Icon, their feelings of enmity are softened, and that strife and hatreds leave, giving way to kindness. A MOLEBAN will be held on Thursday, October 1st at 7:00 PM. We ask that all of you take this opportunity to come and pray homage to this Miraculous Icon and be anointed with the oil that streams from it.
For further information in the near future please visit: www.stjohnsroc. com or call St. John's Cathedral at (570) 876-0730
- Does anyone know which other parishes the ikona will visit?Hristofor ShashkinOn 01.09.2009 г., at 7.13, Nathaniel Sorochka wrote: