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Church to host icon, service

October 18, 2012
Weirton Daily Times

STEUBENVILLE, Ohio - The Hawaiian Myrrh-Streaming Iveron Icon will be at the Holy Resurrection Serbian Orthodox Church Oct. 23.

An akathist, or service of praise, will be held at 7 p.m. Believers will be given the opportunity to venerate the icon and be anointed with myrrh from the icon following the service. All are welcome to attend the service at the church located at 528 N. Fourth St. This visit is part of a visitation to various eastern U.S. parishes.

The icon depicts the Mother of God holding the Christ Child, and spiritual and physical healings have been attributed to it. It is a print replica made by the Sofrino Church Supply Co. in Russia and given as a gift to Reader Nectarios in Hawaii by his parish priest in summer 2007. In October 2007, Nectarios noticed a strong rose fragrance in his home near the icon, which was saturated with myrrh. He notified his parish priest, and the icon was brought to the church and wiped dry. A service of intercession was held, and, by the end of the service, the icon was again streaming myrrh and the church was filled with the scent of roses. Archbishop Kyrill of San Francisco and Western America of the Russian Orthodox Church Abroad recognized the icon as miraculous and genuine in June 2008. The icon continues to stream myrrh, and it has been given the blessing to travel to Orthodox churches and monasteries, according to church officials.

It is a replica of the Iveron Icon, which is believed to be more than 1,000 years old and is housed in the Iveron Monastery in Mount Athos, Greece. The icon belongs to a family of images of the Theotokos, or Mother of God, known as Hodegetria or "she who shows the way," after the prototype in Constantinople. In Hodegetria icons, such as the Iveron Icon and Our Lady of Czestochowa, the Christ Child sits on his mother's left arm and she points at Christ with her right hand.

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