Thursday, April 10, 2014

Kursk Root Icon of the Theotokos

 Yesterday we had gorgeous weather for traveling. The drive down to St. Francisville to venerate the Kursk Root Icon was lovely and I got to see the area for the first time.

I counted 31 people from our parish there! Quite remarkable, given that some people drove from near Natchez, Hattiesburg, etc. I'm kicking myself for not taking a group picture like the parish from Vicksburg did. I think the prize for the people who came the farthest goes to two members of St. Symeon the New Theologian in Birmingham, AL (about 6.5 hours)!

There were a total of six priests there.

Fr. Matthew Harrington is the priest on the right with the epitrachelion on. It was his parish, St. John's, that hosted the icon.

It's a lovely space that they've converted to a temple and hall. This is part of it:

And lovely grounds:

The view from the narthex:

People had the opportunity to venerate the icon up until the akathist started, and then again afterward.

The priest appointed as guardian of the icon (I did not catch his name) gave a short talk after the akathist about the history of the icon.

And here it is. Somehow I just couldn't bring myself to get a full photo of it. It seemed just too intrusive.
(We did have a blessing to take photos, just without the flash.)

(I did take photos of the children and Father venerating the icon, but I'm not publishing those.)

It was a remarkable thing. I prayed for all of my friends and family, especially those struggling with serious illnesses. Through the prayers of the Theotokos, may the Lord have mercy on us!


  1. what a blessing!!! It is such a wonderful icon! I got to venerate this icon in Ottawa around Western Christmas, just when Mr. Husband and I were dating and talking about marriage... so a very dear icon also to me! how blessed we are!!! Most Holy Theotokos save us!

  2. What a wonderful opportunity! The Kursk root icon came to our parish a few years back, but it was in the middle of a big snowstorm! In fact, they could not get down the church driveway and had to set up the icon for veneration in a hotel!! Sadly, we were not able to make it because of the snow. We have a copy of the icon in our temple, but I still regret missing it!!


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