Miraculous icon, church delegation and Sretensky choir in NYC
- 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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