held before the Sitka Icon of the Mother of God in parishes of the
Russian Church Abroad
8, over 500 parishioners and worshipers came to St Sergius of Radonezh
Cathedral on the church's feast day, and to the Orthodox church
in Akron, OH, to pray before the Sitka Icon of the Mother of God,
through which many miracles and healings have taken place for Orthodox
Christians. The services in St Sergius Cathedral were led by His
Grace Bishop Peter of Cleveland, Administrator of the Diocese of
Chicago and Detroit.
19, the miracle-working Icon visited Epiphany Church in Boston,
whose rector is Mitred Protopriest Roman Lukianov.
In the early
19th century, this icon was sent to the city of Sitka by St Innokenty
(Veniaminov), Equal-to-the-Apostles, the first Ruling Bishop of
the Russian Orthodox Church in North America. Employees of the company
"Russian American" gave it as a gift to Archangel Michael
Cathedral in Sitka in 1850. The icon survived during a firein 1966,
when the original church burned down.
of the Sitka church are performing a pilgrimage throughout America
with the miraculous Icon. It will visit over 60 Orthodox churches
and will conclude its journey on the East Coast on November 7.