Kursk-Root Icon Visits Camp NORR Twice
On July 20, Camp NORR ceremoniously greeted the Kursk-Root Icon
of the Mother of God, accompanied by Priest Serafim Gan and Deacon
Dimitri Temidis, both members of the Synodal Chancery. Before the
moleben, held at the Chapel of SS Peter and Paul, began, Mitred
Protopriest Alexey Ohotin, the spiritual father of the camp, appealed
to the worshipers with a sermon, in which he called upon all to
fervently pray before this wondrous icon, and after the veneration
of the icon, spoke in detail about its history, sharing some of
the miracles which occurred in the difficult days of the Russian
emigration in Europe.
On July 27, the leadership and members of Camp NORR greeted the
Kursk-Root Icon of the Mother of God and His Eminence Metropolitan
Laurus. Upon their arrival, they headed for morning prayers and
the raising of the flags, after which His Eminence proceeded to
the chapel, where he shared his recollections of the archpastoral
visits and solemn services held at the camp by Archbishop Averky
(Taushev, +1976) of blessed memory and of other hierarchs. Breakfast
was then offered, during which His Eminence Vladyka told the young
campers about his childhood, about the youth camp in Bratislava,
stressing that we must thank God that the Kursk-Root Icon of the
Mother of God, deeply revered throughout the world, is preserved
within the Russian diaspora. His Eminence Metropolitan Laurus also
spoke of the miracles which happened after prayer before this icon.
The campers then gave a choral concert for their honored guest.
After that, His Eminence expressed his deep gratitude to the counselors,
the workers and participants of the camp, and, invoking God's blessings
upon them, departed with the miraculous icon to Jackson, NJ.
is interesting to note that on the eve of the visit of the Kursk-Root
Icon to Camp NORR, the President of the Association of Russian Explorers
Outside of Russia (Camp NORR), George G Temidis, was scheduled for
an operation. In the middle of June, Temidis had begun to experience
terrible pains, which worsened during camp. On July 22, he went
to see a doctor, who determined that he had a hernia and immediately
scheduled an operation. With the blessing of His Grace Bishop Gabriel
of Manhattan, George Temidis' brother, Deacon Dimitri, brought the
miracle-working icon to the hospital on the day of the operation.
Thank God, through the kind intercession of the Mother of God, at
the outset of the operation, it was found that he had no hernia
at all. Since then, George Temidis has had no pains at all and returned
to his work at camp.