Myrrh-streaming icon comes to Carmichaels
The Myhrr Streaming Iveron Icon of the Mother of God came to St. George Serbian Orthodox Church in Carmichaels, Pennsylvania on the evening of October 6, 2011. An Akathist to the Mother of God was served. Participating clergy included Protopresbyter Stavrofor Rade Merick, Protopresbyter Lt.Col. Adam Yonitch and Rev. Father Matthew Stagon. Dean of the Pittsburgh Deanery, Protopresbyter Stavrofor Stevan Stepanov was in attendance as was Mitred Archpriest Stephan Romanchak. Choir Director Sonia Janson organized the readers for the responses.
At the conclusion of the Akathist, Reader Nectarios, the caretaker of the icon spoke with great solemnity and reverence about the history of the icon. Reader Nektarios described how from its location in Hawaii, the icon was now traveling from church to church and monastery to monastery affecting the lives of countless people of faith.
On October 6, 2011 people traveled great distances to venerate the myhrr streaming icon and to be anointed. Travelers came from the east as far as Glen Mills, Pennsylvania, from the north as far as Hermitage, from the west as far as Steubenville, Ohio and from the south as far as French Creek, W.Va.
The St. George Church was filled with the pleasant aroma of the myhrr. Individuals blessed to be in attendance continue to speak with great joy and thanksgiving about the experience.
Father Rodney Torbic