Candle will be placed before the Icon of Theotokos (Znamenie – Kursk Root Icon)
The Icon of the Mother of God, named the "Sign" ("Znamenie"), depicts the Most Holy Mother of God seated with prayerfully uplifted hands at Her bosom, against the background of a circular shield (or sphere) –in blessing is the Divine Infant – the Savior-Emmanuel. This depiction of the Mother of God is regarded as among the very first of Her in icons. The Kursk-Root Znamenie Icon from Kursk, Russia, was miraculously saved from impending destruction by the atheistic soviet authorities. Taken to Europe and then the United States, this icon has been a source of great comfort for the Russian emigres who fled certain persecution and death. This is a copy of the miracle working icon which visited our parish. Many miracles continue to occur for those who lovingly pray to the Theotokos before this icon.