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