BREAKING NEWS: Myrhh-streaming ikon of Hawaii will be coming at 7pm on 15th May
On Monday 15th May at 7pm the Holy Myrrh-streaming Ikon of Hawaii will be at our church in Mettingham where a moleben and akathist will be sung. This is a unique opportunity to come and venerate a miraculous ikon of the Mother of God. Please pass this information on to anyone who you think may be interested. A poster of the event can be downloaded by clicking on the link.
Here is a short film about the ikon visiting a parish in the USA -
Below we also present a short history of the ikon taken from this month's bulletin -
At 7pm on Monday 15 May, we will be blessed with a visit of the Hawaiian myrrh-streaming ikon of the Mother of God. The story of the miracle-working ikon goes right back to St Luke the Evangelist, who is said to have painted the original Iveron ikon on which it is based. The ikon miraculously survived the ikonoclasm of Emperor Theophilus (829–842) in Byzantium—a pious widow hid it in her house, and when soldiers came to destroy ikons at the emperor’s orders, they found it and pierced it with a spear, but to their great horror, blood flowed from the wound. The mark is depicted in all copies that have since been painted of this ikon. To save it from further violence, after long prayer the widow cast the ikon into the sea. It miraculously sailed on its own to the holy mountain of Athos, the “Garden of the Panagia”. The monks one day saw a pillar of light over the sea, and looking closer, beheld the ikon of the Theotokos. Only one monk, however, was worthy of receiving it into his hands—the Georgian monk Gabriel from the Iveron monastery.
Over a millennium later, in the summer of 1982, a Chilean man named Jose Munoz-Cortes, who was living in Montreal, went to Mt Athos. At the small skete of the Nativity of Christ, he felt an immediate and strong attraction for an ikon of the Mother of God, a contemporary (1981) copy of the ancient Iveron Ikon. He was disappointed to learn that it was not for sale, but to his great joy, as he was leaving the skete, Abbot Clement unexpectedly handed the ikon to him, saying that it pleased the Mother of God to go with him to America. Back in Montreal, Brother Joseph, as he became known, began reading an akathist daily before the ikon. A few weeks later, on November 25, he awoke and smelled a strong fragrance. The new ikon was streaked with myrrh, miraculously emanating from the hands of the Mother of God. For the next fifteen years, as myrrh continued to flow from the ikon, Brother Joseph devoted himself to its care, accompanying it on numerous trips to parishes all over the United States and Canada, to South America, Australia, and Europe. Everywhere, the Mother of God worked miracles, healing souls and bodies. In 1997, under mysterious circumstances, Brother Joseph was murdered and the ikon disappeared.
That same year, an exact copy of the ikon was gifted to Subdeacon Nektary of the Orthodox Church in Honolulu. Ten years later, in 2007, this copy began to stream with myrrh. Since then, it has been to over 1000 churches in North America and has been venerated by millions of people around the world. Numerous miracles have been attributed to the Theotokos through this “humble little ikon”, accounts are only just being collected, and are indeed numerous. People have commented that just being in the presence of this ikon, you feel such an abundance of love and joy. It is truly indescribable. We would encourage all of you who can to come and experience this for yourselves. If you are unable to attend but would like your or a loved one’s name to be commemorated before the ikon, please contact us to arrange this.