Protection of the Mother of God

posted Mar 25, 2010, 11:06 PM by fr.irenei@stjohnsacademysf.org
October 13, 2009 - Dear Parents: 

Tomorrow is the holiday of the Protection of the Mother of God. I will give you some information concerning the details of this holiday in a letter tomorrow. In the meantime, please bring your child a bit earlier as they will be attending a liturgy for this holiday at 8:00 AM in the lower church. Afterwards, we will continue with a normal school day. 

What a wonderfully and spiritually fulfilling week in the school last week! I can only thank God that you have brought your children to St. John's Academy, allowing them through their attendance to be able to receive such incredible blessings. 

Two miracle-working icons came to the school and blessed your children. The first one was the Kursk Mother of God who just returned from Russia where people stood for over eight hours at a time in all kinds of weather to venerate her. Our children did not need to do this because the icon came herself to us, allowing us to pray in a completely unhurried way. After this, the newly- revealed icon of the Mother of God, the Softener of Evil Hearts, came to the school. What phenomenal miracles are done by this icon to those who pray to Her in their needs. We were able to pray before her and be anointed with her miraculous myrrh, after which she stayed with us in the school the whole morning, allowing all who wanted, to come up to her and pray unimpeded with a personal prayer or need. 

As if this was not enough, the school was visited by a church delegation from the country of Georgia led by a metropolitan. The delegation prayed before the relics of our St. John and the viewed the school, allowing the children to receive a blessing from our sister church, the Patriarchate of Georgia. Such fraternal communion became possible after the unification our two Russian Churches greatly enriching our spiritual life here in the Diaspora. 

Glory to God and His most-holy Mother for all the grace that we receive in our personal life despite the fact that we remain sinful and unworthy of their love and care for us. 

Wishing God's blessing on you, I remain,

With love in Christ, 
V. Rev. Serge Kotar
Chaplain
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