With the blessing of His Eminence Hilarion, Metropolitan of Eastern America & New York, the Guide and Protectress of the Russian Diaspora, the wonderworking Kursk Root Icon of the Mother of God of the Sign, will tour the Georgia, Alabama & Mississippi and the Carolinas & Tennessee Deaneries of the Eastern American Diocese from February 6th to 28th.
With God’s help, this parish visitation tour will spiritually fortify the faithful of our deaneries. The Kursk Icon of the Mother of God is the greatest blessing we in the Russian Church Abroad have. Over the course of our history, the Heavenly Queen has, through her icon "Of the Sign," protected our archpastors, pastors, and all of the faithful children of the Church Abroad under her omophorion. During the most fearful years of the 20th century, the Heavenly Queen never abandoned us and, thanks to her, our Church was able to preserve the spirit of Orthodoxy far away from Holy Russia.
Our diocesan hierarchs of blessed repose: Metropolitan Philaret, Metropolitan Laurus, Archbishop Vitaly, Archbishop Averky, Archbishop Nikon, and many other archpastors always prayed before our Heavenly Guide. Let us follow their example and all fall to our knees together before this honorable image, singing with "one mouth and one heart:" O Most Holy Theotokos, save and bless us in our forthcoming labor!
Archpriest Mark Mancuso
Dean of the Carolinas & Tennessee
February 6-7: Joy of All Who Sorrow Church – Atlanta, GA
February 8-9: Glorious Ascension Monastery – Resaca, GA
February 10: St. Nektarios Church – Lenior City, TN
February 13-15: St. Mary of Egypt Church – Atlanta, GA
February 17: Sts. Cyril & Methodius Church – Summerville, SC
February 20-21: St. Elizabeth the New-Martyr Church – Columbia, SC
February 24: St. Nicholas Church – Fletcher, NC
February 26: Holy Trinity Church – Mebane, NC
February 27-28: Reigning Mother of God Church – Charlotte, NC