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Sunday, 29 October 2017

ROCOR Remembers the Guardian of the Miraculous Icon of the Mother of God


On Saturday, the ROCOR marked the anniversary of the death of José Muñoz-Cortes, the guardian of the miraculous Montréal Iveron Icon of the Mother of God. Hundreds of believers from all over the USA and Canada gathered at Holy Trinity Monastery in Jordanville NY (the ROCOR’s main monastery). Clergy served pannikhida and an akathist at the monastery cemetery in honour of Brother José, murdered 20 years ago in Athens. Believers put dozens of candles that burned for several hours at Brother José’s grave. One of the ROCOR’s main holy objects… the Hawaiian Iveron Icon of the Mother of God… was present at all the services. Amongst the believers was Angela Muñoz-Cortes, the sister of José Muñoz-Cortes. In an interview with us, she said:

In October 1982, I witnessed how the icon of the Mother of God began to glow in my brother’s house. I saw the miraculous flow from the icon, which happened at night. It woke up José with its strong odour. He didn’t know what it was. José thought that a friend who lived with him at that time used some cologne. Then, he saw the oily stains on the icon and thought that his friend carelessly poured oil on it. José wiped the icon, but soon the spots reappeared, then he realised that it was myrrh. My brother took the icon all over; it became one of the main holy relics of the Russian diaspora for fifteen years. He was very fond of the people that he met in parishes throughout the world. He was open to everyone and tried to help everyone.

José Muñoz-Cortes was a Chilean who converted to Orthodoxy in his youth at the Russian church in Santiago. In 1982, monks on Mount Athos gave him the Iveron Icon of the Mother of God, which in a few months began to exude myrrh, and continued to do so regularly for almost fifteen years. Brother José was brutally murdered on 31 October 1997 in Athens, then, the icon disappeared. Presumably, the day before his death, he gave it to friends. Believers believe that the icon returned to Athos. The ROCOR Eastern American Diocese has set up a commission to collect documents for the glorification of Brother José. Ten years after the disappearance of the Montreal icon, in 2007 in Hawaii, a smaller copy, the Hawaiian Iveron Icon of the Mother of God, appeared, which exudes myrrh to this day. Believers believe that in this way the Montréal image returned to them.

29 October 2017

Dmitri Zlodorev

RIA Novosti 


See also:

Metropolitan: ROCOR Commission collects documents for the glorification of José Muñoz-Cortes

First Hierarch of the ROCOR: We don’t sense problems from ordinary Americans

ROCOR thinks that the meeting of the Patriarch and the Pope of Rome didn’t bring together two churches


Sunday, 10 September 2017

10 September 2017. A Thought from Priest-Martyr Roman Medved


If you wish more info on R I Medved, click here.


Sunday, 4 June 2017

People Full of Soulfulness

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The owner of a small shop put up a sign at the entrance, “Kittens for Sale”. This ad caught a kid’s attention; a few minutes later, the boy entered the store. After greeting the owner, he shyly asked, “How much do the kittens cost?”

The owner replied, “Fifty Roubles [about 1 USD: editor]”.

Sighing, the kid reached into his pocket, pulled out his wallet, and started to count his change. With a look of expectation, he told the owner, “I’m sad… right now, I only have 12 Roubles [about 25 cents: editor]. Please, can I at least look at them?”

The seller smiled; he took the kittens out of their enclosure. Once on the outside, the kittens livened up; they started to run around. However, one of them, for some reason, lagged behind all of them. He seemed to have a limp on his rear paws.

The boy said, “Tell me, what’s up with this kitten?”

The owner replied, “This kitten has a birth defect of the paws. The vet says that it’s incurable”.

Then, the boy got all excited. “That’s the one that I want to buy!”

The owner said, “Come on, boy! This animal is handicapped. Why would you want it? Nevertheless, since you’re being merciful, then, I’ll give it to you as a gift… I’ll let you have it”.

However, to the owner’s surprise, the boy’s face looked crestfallen. In a strained but firm voice, the kid said, “No, I don’t want to take it as a gift… this kitten is worth exactly the same as the other cats. I’m willing to pay full price. I’ll bring you the money”.

Astonished at this, the owner looked at the kid and his heart melted, “Sonny… you don’t seem to understand. This poor thing won’t be able to run and jump around like other kittens”.

At these words, the boy started to lift up his left-hand pants leg. The overwhelmed owner saw that the boy had a bowleg and that he wore metal braces. The kid looked at the owner and said in a trembling voice, “Me too… I’ll never run and jump. This kitten needs someone who understands how hard that is for him; he needs someone to support him”.

Behind the counter, the owner bit his lip, his eyes filled with tears; after a little pause, he forced himself to smile. “Son, I’ll pray that all kittens would have such lovely heartfelt masters like you”.

Nataliya Samorukova


Saturday, 20 May 2017

20 May 2017. Here are MY Heroes… Вечная слава! Во веки слава!


Today, a great man turned 100-years-old! Let’s all celebrate his birthday and spread the news far and wide! Mikhail Vasilyevich Podgursky was in the Naval Infantry, serving in the Winter War against Finland, the VOV, and the war against the Japanese fascists. He was born in Moscow in 1917, serving in the forces from 1938 to 1946. Mikhail Vasilyevich was at the front serving with the 7, 14, 32, and 38 Armies, leaving service as a war invalid due to serious wounds. He served with the Naval Infantry in the Northern and Pacific Fleets. He received numerous orders and medals for his service in the VOV. He was a double laureate at exhibitions at the VDNKh. Ship models created by M V Podgursky are in the Central Museum of the Great Patriotic War of 1941-45 on Poklonnaya Gora and in schools and museums in Moscow, St Petersburg, Stalingrad (Volgograd), Sevastopol, Murmansk, Tula, and other cities. For his active and long work in military-patriotic education, Mikhail Vasilyevich received numerous honorary medals and citations from the Moscow and the Russian Committees for War Veterans, the Minoborony Rossii, the Russian Navy, ROSTO, the Ministry of Culture, and other organisations. On 17 May 2017, Mikhail Vasilyevich will celebrate his 100th birthday! Our best wishes to you and we hope for your continued good health, Mikhail Vasilyevich! To the Great Victory! We bow before you, for the Great Victory you won!

17 May 2017

Sergei Suslov


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