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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, 23 April 2017

23 April 2017. A Picture IS Worth a Thousand Words… This is the Russian Side of the International Space Station


If you had ANY doubt as to the religious preference of most Russian people…


Sunday, 24 July 2016

Icons for New Naval Cathedral Delivered to Severomorsk

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A transport aircraft of the 45 Air Army delivered icons for an iconostas to Aerodrom Severomorsk-3 of Naval Aviation and the PVO. The icons will be part of an iconostas at the St Andrew Naval Cathedral in Severomorsk. Icon-painters in Moscow executed the work; now, they’re turned over to the Diocese of Severomorsk for the newly built cathedral. Patriarch Kirill Gundyaev of Moscow and all the Russias will bless the new edifice in August. This will be the First Cathedral of the Northern Fleet. At the airport, the commander of the Northern Fleet, Vice-Admiral N A ‪Yevmenov, and Bishop Mitrofan Badanin of Severomorsk and Umba met the plane carrying the icons. The four main images for the iconostas were of the protector-saints of Russian navy sailors… St Andrew the First-Called, the Godbearer, the Saviour, and St Nicholas of Myra the Wonderworker… officers of the 45 Air Army and the Northern Fleet PVO carried the icons out of the cargo compartment of the plane by hand. After a short religious service, those present venerated the holy images. The same evening, they sent the boxes containing the disassembled iconostas to Severomorsk. Shortly, the icons will be part of the assembled iconostas at the St Andrew Naval Cathedral. The church is in near the Northern Fleet HQ and the warship quays.

22 July 2016

Minoborony Rossii



Bishop Mitrofan served as a navy officer for 21 years (1976-97, reaching the rank of Captain of the 2nd Rank), mostly with the Northern Fleet, and Elder Archimandrite Ioann Krestyankin blessed him to be a monk. Therefore, he’s a perfect fit to be bishop in an area that has one of the main fleet bases.


Sunday, 21 February 2016

21 February 2016. Time-Lapse Iconography from Syria

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Christ “Not-Made-By-Hands”

Unknown Artist

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This time-lapse vid from Syria gives you the painting of Christ “Not-Made-By-Hands” in about two minutes…


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