On Saint Mary of Egypt Sunday - April 6, 2014, Reader Steven Hanes was ordained to the Diaconate by Bishop George.
At the same Divine Liturgy Joseph Nguyentan was tonsured, by Bishop George, as a Reader in the Orthodox Church.
On Tuesday, April 1, 2014, at 7:00 PM, the miraculous icon of the Mother of God the “Softener of Evil Hearts” will be visiting St. Mary of Egypt ROC, Roswell, GA. A moleben and an akathist will be served. Join us on this most blessed occasion.
Praising the Infant Savior whom Mary and Joseph brought to the temple, the aged Simeon prophesied about the Theotokos’ suffering, “Yea, and a sword shall pierce through thine own soul; that thoughts out of many hearts may be revealed” (Luke 2:34-35). This prophecy by Simeon is portrayed by visible symbols – seven swords (or arrows): three on the right side, three on the left and one below. The number seven means the fullness of grief, sadness and heartache that the Theotokos suffered in her earthly life.
On March 23, 2012, we were blessed to host this miraculous Icon of the Mother of God. Hundreds of faithful Orthodox (and non-Orthodox) Christians venerated this holy icon throughout the day. That evening, a moleben and akathist were served before the myrrh-streaming icon. It was noticeable that as the number of the faithful who venerated the icon increased, and as the prayer service began, more and more myrrh began streaming from the icon. The scent of myrrh, which is very distinct and pleasant, was easily detectable in the air. Everyone in attendance, some of whom had traveled hundreds of miles to be there, felt the divine presence of the Mother of God.
The icon is a plain lithograph, a modern-day work from the Sofrino factory. It was kept in the Moscow apartment of Margarita Vorobyev and Sergei Fomin. One day, the icon started streaming myrrh. This happened during the glorification of blessed Matrona of Moscow, on May 2, after the icon was placed on righteous Matrona’s holy relics. Sometime later, the icon was transformed. Those who see it now cannot distinguish this lithograph from an ancient icon.
This icon recently visited Crimea: http://www.pravoslavie.ru/english/68889.htm
More informatin about the icon:
In January 2010, Haiti experienced a terrible earthquake causing catastrophic damage to both the Orthodox Church buildings and the Orthodox schools. Thus far, they have received very little financial support to rebuild/repair their buildings or to address such basic needs as functioning restroom facilities for their churches/schools.
This Lenten season, please show your thanksgiving for the blessings we have here at St Mary’s of Egypt and your LOVE for our Haitian Orthodox brothers and sisters by joining us for a fundraising luncheon, this Sunday, March 23rd, right after the Divine Liturgy.
“By this shall all men know that you are My disciples, if you love another”
HAITIAN FUNDRAISING LUNCHEON MENU
ADULTS: $5.00 CHILDREN: $ 1.00
MORROCAN RED LENTIL SOUP
GREEN SPLIT-PEA SOUP W/ VEGGIES
(for those needing to avoid lentils or tomatoes)
FRESH GREEN SALAD
FUDGY-LENTEN CHOCOLATE CAKE
COFFEE AND TEA
January 25, 2014 marked the Baptism of Anna Makhanov, Anton Makhanov, Larisa Siunina, Vladimir Sharipov, and Anastasia Graheva.