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Miraculous icon, church delegation and Sretensky choir in NYC

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  • Fr. John R. Shaw
    NEW YORK: August 30, 2007 The Reigning Icon of the Mother of God to Arrive Today Accompanied By an Official Delegation of the Moscow Patriarchate and Sretensky
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      NEW YORK: August 30, 2007
      The Reigning Icon of the Mother of God to Arrive Today Accompanied By an Official
      Delegation of the Moscow Patriarchate and Sretensky Monastery Choir

      Today, an official delegation of the Moscow Patriarchate, headed by Metropolitan Isidoro
      of Ekaterinodar and Kuban, flew from Moscow to participate in celebrations of the
      reestablishment of canonical unity within the Russian Orthodox Church. Accompanying
      the visitors is something dear to all Orthodox Christians--the Derzhavnaya , or "Reigning"
      Icon of the Mother of God.

      The Icon was brought to Sretensky Stavropighial Monastery the night before. The miracle-
      working icon arrived at the monastery on August 29, not long before all-night vigil. As the
      bells pealed, the monastic brethren and parishioners of the monastery church solemnly
      greeted it. After matins, an akathist was performed before the icon, after which over two
      hundred worshipers venerated the holy image.

      On Thursday, after Divine Liturgy, a moleben was performed before the icon for the safe
      passage of the delegation abroad. Attending the services were His Eminence Metropolitan
      Isidor of Ekaterinograd and Kuban and His Eminence Archbishop Evgeny of Verey. D ivine
      services will be held in the churches and monasteries of the Russian diaspora during the
      fraternal visits to the dioceses of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia.

      The icon and the delegation will be greeted at the airport by Protopriest Serafim Gan and
      other members of the Church Abroad.



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