New Visit of Another Miraculous Myrrh Streaming Icon
Our Saints Constantine and Helen Church Family will be blessed once again with a visit by another miraculous myrrh-streaming icon - the Hawaiian Holy Theotokos of Iveron icon. This mount-printed icon, which is a replica of the Montreal myrrh-streaming Iveron icon of the Theotokos, began streaming sweet-smelling myrrh in 2007, and has continued on and off ever since.
To mark the 10th anniversary of the beginning of this miracle from God, this icon is traveling around the East Coast to bless all believers. Our Church will once again be blessed with such a visit on Monday, October 16th at 6:00pm.
In June of 2008, the “Hawaiian” Myrrh-streaming Iveron Icon was officially recognized by the Russian Orthodox Church as miraculous and worthy of veneration, and was given the blessing to travel to the various churches and monasteries of Holy Orthodoxy. This icon travels and brings the grace of God to various places. Since June of 2008, the Iveron Icon has been to over 1000 churches in North America and has been venerated by millions of people throughout North America, Europe and the world.
In many cities, the holy Icon is taken from one parish to another, being venerated by all the Orthodox, and helping to establish and heal relationships amongst the Orthodox faithful, and also strengthening and fostering ties between the sister parishes. Requests have now been made for the Wonderworking Icon to be brought to Russia, the Ukraine, Greece, Cyprus, South America, Europe, the Holy Land, Romania, Mount Athos, and Serbia. When the Holy Icon was taken to the Republic of Georgia in 2014 at the request of the Catholicos-Patriarch Ilia II of Georgia, over a million faithful came to venerate the "Panagia of Hawaii.
Numerous miracles have been attributed to the Theotokos through this “humble little Icon.” Physical and spiritual healings have included the healing of blindness and eye disease, cancer, paralysis, kidney disease, chronic pain, debilitating viruses, and demonic possession.
Yet, wherever the holy Icon goes, the Grace of Our Lord Jesus Christ and His Holy Mother abound. People have commented that just being in the presence of this Icon, one feels such an abundance of love and joy. It is truly indescribable. We are so very blessed that God has shown His love toward us by allowing us a small forbearance of what the saints call, "the true fragrance of sanctity." The true meaning of why the icon miraculous streams myrrh is known only to God. Time will reveal all things. Yet, what is known is this - God loves us. And that is all that really matters!
We will welcome the icon, and hold a Supplication Service to the Virgin Mary, along with an Akathist Hymn starting at 6:00pm, Monday, October 16th. Please come to church by 5:00pm so we can welcome the icon when it arrives. It should be arriving around 5:30pm.
As many of you experienced and remember, we were blessed with a visit from the Kardiotissa (Tender Hearted) Icon of the Virgin Mary 15 months ago in June, 2015. We had over 800 people who came to see the icon, and by the grace and mercy of God, I learned about five miracles that occurred from the anointing of myrrh from that icon. This is a mystery of our faith, which we can’t comprehend. How is this scientifically possible? Why do miracles happen to some people, and not to others who are very sick? Why is it happening now? We don’t know the answers to these questions, and we don’t try to offer answers. We simply thank God for this blessing, and pray that this encounter with the divine will draw us closer to Him, and inspire us to live more faithfully in following the path that leads into the Kingdom of heaven. As the beloved Bishop Gerasimos used to say, “Life is not a problem to be solved, but a mystery to be lived.” May we all strive to live that mystery with faith and love!
With love and gratitude in Christ Jesus our Lord,
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