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Myrrh-Streaming Icon of St. Anna to visit Detroit’s Holy Trinity

DETROIT, MI [MW Diocese Communications] — The Myrrh-Streaming Icon of Saint Anna, the Mother of the Holy Virgin Mary, enshrined at Saint Tikhon of Zadonsk Monastery, South Canaan, PA, will visit Holy Trinity Church, 20500 Anglin St., on the Saturday and Sunday after Thanksgiving Day, November 29 and 30, 2014.

Myrrh-Streaming Icon of St. Anna to visit Detroit's Holy Trinity
Miraculous Icon of Saint Anna during its visit to Detroit’s Holy Trinity Church in November 2013.  (Photo by Donald Di Pace.)

In honor of the icon, Archpriest Lev Kopistiansky, Rector of Holy Trinity Church, will celebrate a prayer service to Saint Anna with anointing of the faithful on Saturdy, November 29 at 1:00 p.m.  The service will be open to the public.  Donations to support the monastery will be collected.

Following the service, Archimandrite Athanasy, a monastic at Saint Tikhon’s Monastery, will lecture on the icon in the parish’s fellowship hall.

The icon will be present again in the nave of the church on Sunday, November 30, at 10:00 a.m., at which time Father Lev will celebrate the Divine Liturgy.

For further information on the services and lecture, please call Father Lev at 313-366-0677.

The icon was commissioned by Father Athanasy and completed in 1998, in the Mount of Olives Convent in Jerusalem, where he served in 1980-81.  The icon was blessed at the Sepulcher of our Lord in the Jerusalem Church of the Resurrection and brought to the Russian Orthodox Church of Our Lady Joy of All Who Sorrow in Philadelphia.  On Mother’s Day, May 9, 2004, the icon began to stream or weep myrrh.  Accumulations of the liquid were seen on the cuff on Saint Anna’s left hand and on her left shoulder veil.  Droplets were also found elsewhere on the icon.  Recently, small, slow-moving streams of myrrh have appeared on other parts of the icon.

The icon has resided at Saint Tikhon’s Monastery since the fall of 2012.  While at present it is not weeping, it continues to produce miraculous help and healings, according to the monastery brotherhood.

The icon first visited Holy Trinity Church on November 30, 2013, as reported at sttikhonsmonastery.org/stanna.html.

Holy Trinity is a parish within the Diocese of Chicago and the Midwest of the Orthodox Church in America.  Established in 1915, it is one of the oldest Orthodox Christian parishes in the region.

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