February 18, 2016
Atlanta, GA: Kursk Root Icon visits Churches & Monasteries of Georgia & Tennessee

From February 3-13, the wonderworking Kursk Root Icon of the Mother of God performed a visitation to the states of Georgia and Tennessee.

On February 3, with the blessing of Bishop Nicholas of Manhattan – guardian of the Kursk Root Icon – the Protectress of the Russian Diaspora was accompanied by Priest Eugene Antonov from Synodal Headquarters in New York City to Joy of All Who Sorrow Church in Cumming, GA. On Thursday, February 4, a moleben was served in the church, and that evening, Fr. Eugene accompanied the Icon to the Romanian Church of Sts. Constantine & Helen (OCA) in Lilburn, GA. Approximately 160 faithful prayed at the moleben.

On Friday, February 5, an akathist was served before the holy image in the Church of the Holy Hierarch Innocent of Moscow Enlightener of America (OCA) in Macon, GA. On Saturday, February 9, the Divine Liturgy in the presence of the Kursk Root Icon was celebrated in Annunciation Diocesan Cathedral (Greek Archdiocese) in Georgia’s capital of Atlanta.

That evening and on Sunday, February 7, molebens and the Divine Liturgy were served before the holy Icon in Joy of All Who Sorrow Church in Cumming.

On Monday, February 8, the Kursk Root Icon departed for Glorious Ascension Monastery in Resaca, GA, where a moleben was served, and the Divine Liturgy celebrated the following day in the presence of many pilgrims. That evening, February 9, the Icon visited Holy Protection Church of the Romanian Patriarchate in Dacula, GA, and from there proceeded to St. Nektarios Church in Lenoir City, TN, where a moleben and Vespers were served before the holy Icon, and Divine Liturgy on Wednesday, February 10.

On Thursday evening, February 11, and at Liturgy on the feast of the Three Holy Hierarchs on February 12, parishioners of Joy of All Who Sorrow Church prayed before the Icon, and that evening the Icon visited St. Mary of Egypt Church (OCA) in Norcross, GA.

On Saturday morning, February 13, a moleben and akathist were served before the Kursk Root Icon in Holy Transfiguration Greek Church in Marietta, GA, from whence the Icon continued on to St. Mary of Egypt Church in Roswell, GA, where the visitation of the holy Icon to Georgia and Tennessee concluded.

For the clergy and faithful of the various jurisdictions, greeting the Kursk Root Icon of the Mother of God "of the Sign" was a great spiritual joy and inspiration. At the many divine services, many became witnesses to the special fragrance emitted from the Icon. "Often the Lord visits us in unexpected and unpredictable ways, when we in no way anticipate it," said several parishioners. The parishioners and pilgrims were all given copies of the holy Icon. In each of the Romanian churches, the number of those who came to venerate the Most Holy Theotokos reached 160-180 people, The faithful decorated the Icon with flowers, and after the service took the flowers from the Icon home, as a symbol of their experience with the sacred. Prayers to the Most Holy Theotokos were lifted up in Church Slavonic, English, Greek, and Romanian. Upon completion of the visitation, the wonderworking Icon departed for South Carolina.

Media Office of the Eastern American Diocese