Over the last week of March, the Kursk-Root icon of the Mother of God visited several parishes of the Upper Midwest region during its Great Lent sojourn in the Diocese of Chicago and Mid-America allowing the rare opportunity for many to pray before this ancient wonder-working icon whose origin dates back to the 1300's.
March 25 (eve) - Holy Resurrection Skete, Fridley, MN - Supplication Service with Akathist
March 26 (morning) - St. Mary's Catheral OCA, MInneapolis, MN - Pre-Sanctified Liturgy
March 26 (eve) - St. Panteleimon ROC, Minneapolis, MN - Holy Unction
March 27 (morning) - St. Vasilije of Ostrog Serbian Church, Chisholm, MN - Supplication Service with Akathist
March 27 (eve) - All Saints Orthodox Church, Fargo, ND - Supplication Service with Akathist
At St. Panteleimon's in Minneapolis, the sacrament of Holy Unction was served in front of the Kursk Icon of Mother of God. There were several priests from different jurisdictions participating in this service including: V. Rev. Ioann (Magramm) (ROCOR), V. Rev. Ioann Voloschuk (Serbian Church), V. Rev. Richard Floam (OCA), Rev. Mircea Vasiu (Romanian Church), Rev. Antony Alekseyenko - Rector (ROCOR), Rev. Joseph Towne (ROCOR). The service was well attended and parishioners did not want to leave the presence of the Icon even after the Holy Unction service, so a Supplication Service with Akathist was served and faithful left well after midnight.
The following morning, the Icon visited St. Vasilije of Ostrog Serbian Orthodox Church for a Supplication Service with Akathist. This was the first visit of the Icon to the USA Nothernland/Iron Range community. In attendance were Rev. Timothy Sas (GOC), Rev. Kristian Petrovic (Serbian Church), Rev. Vladimir Lange (Serbian Church), Rev. Antony Alekseyenko (ROCOR), and Rev. Radomir Plavsic - Rector (Serbian Church). Parishoners from many different jurisdictiosn came to venerate the Icon. This visit really touched a lot of Orthodox Christians and strengthened their faith along their journey to Great and Holy Pascha.
Later that evening, the Icon visited All Saints Orthodox Church in Fargo, ND. This is the most Western parish in our diocese. Faithful came to pray in front of the Icon and stayed with it until it had to leave.