This is now the tenth visit of the great holy icon of the Kursk region – which became the Protectress of the Russian Diaspora in the 20th century – to the Metropolitanate of Kursk.
This year, the wonderworking Kursk Root icon of the Mother of God of the Sign was venerated by over 100,000 worshippers of and pilgrims to the Kursk Oblast, who thereby obtained spiritual consolation and support. The Cathedral of the Sign was kept open 24 hours a day for the benefit of those who wished to pray before the icon of the Queen of Heaven, as clergymen performed an endless cycle of molebens and akathists to the Most Holy Theotokos before it. For the first time in many years, the wonderworking icon was brought to Rylsk. Practically the entire city came to venerate the icon, owing to the day of the icon’s visit being declared a public holiday.
Despite the early morning, His Eminence Herman, Metropolitan of Kursk & Rylsk, celebrated Divine Liturgy before the wonderworking Kursk Root Icon of the Mother of God in the city's Diocesan Cathedral of the Sign, co-served by diocesan clergy.
Upon completion of Liturgy, the ruling bishop of Kursk blessed the city with the holy image and accompanied it to the airport. The ROCOR delegation then took the icon to Riga Diocese (Latvia).
Official Website of the Kursk Diocese