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March 4, 2011
Key West, FL: The Kursk Root Icon visited St. Nina’s Mission


On Tuesday the 22nd and Wednesday the 23rd of February, the Kursk Root Icon of the Mother of God reached the southernmost city in the contiguous United States, Key West, FL, and visited St. Nina’s Mission. The mission was named in honor of its longtime benefactress, Russian aristocrat Nina Carter, who reposed in 1998. Until the mission obtains a permanent home, services are being served once a month in a rented room at a local hotel. On Saturday evening, mission rector Archpriest Daniel McKenzie and overjoyed parishioners greeted the Icon in procession before the church. Eastern American Diocesan secretary Archpriest Serge Lukianov, who was accompanying the Icon, then served a moleben and akathist, co-served by Fr. Daniel.


The following morning, Fr. Serge celebrated the Divine Liturgy, co-served by Fr. Daniel. Virtually everyone present communed of Christ’s Holy Mysteries. Upon completion of the Liturgy, Fr. Serge delivered a sermon to the gathered faithful on the travels and miracles of the Kursk Icon, calling all to sincere repentance and prayer, to supporting Fr. Daniel in the holy labor of establishing a strong Orthodox community in the Florida Keys, and affirmed the support of the diocesan administration. Fr. Serge then presented the rector with a copy of the Kursk Root Icon – a blessing from Metropolitan Hilarion, First Hierarch of the Russian Church Abroad.


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