Yesterday we had gorgeous weather for traveling. The drive down to St. Francisville to venerate the Kursk Root Icon
was lovely and I got to see the area for the first time.
I counted 31 people from our parish there! Quite remarkable, given that some people drove from near Natchez, Hattiesburg, etc. I’m kicking myself for not taking a group picture like the parish from Vicksburg did. I think the prize for the people who came the farthest goes to two members of St. Symeon the New Theologian in Birmingham, AL (about 6.5 hours)!
There were a total of six priests there.
Fr. Matthew Harrington is the priest on the right with the epitrachelion on. It was his parish, St. John’s
, that hosted the icon.
It’s a lovely space that they’ve converted to a temple and hall. This is part of it:
And lovely grounds:
The view from the narthex:
People had the opportunity to venerate the icon up until the akathist started, and then again afterward.
The priest appointed as guardian of the icon (I did not catch his name) gave a short talk after the akathist about the history of the icon.
And here it is. Somehow I just couldn’t bring myself to get a full photo of it. It seemed just too intrusive.
(We did have a blessing to take photos, just without the flash.)
(I did take photos of the children and Father venerating the icon, but I’m not publishing those.)
It was a remarkable thing. I prayed for all of my friends and family, especially those struggling with serious illnesses. Through the prayers of the Theotokos, may the Lord have mercy on us!