On Tuesday, March 28, the Holy Icon of the Mother of God the Softener of Evil Hearts will be in the parish of
St Elizabeth the New Martyr Russian Orthodox Church
•Reception of the Icon
•Akathist to the Icon
On Tuesday, March 28, the myrrh-streaming and miracle-working icon of the Mother of God, Softener of Evil Hearts (Умягчение злых сердец), will be in the parish of St Elizabeth the New Martyr in West Columbia, SC.
This paper mounted icon, produced by the Sofrino icon factory in Moscow, began to stream myrrh during the glorification of the blessed Matrona of Moscow on May 2, 1999, after it had been placed on her holy relics. Since then, this icon has traveled all over the world. Many people have been healed of both physical and spiritual suffering, and given compunction to their hearts. The icon has been known to flow myrrh more abundantly prior to terrible world tragedies, such as the sinking of the Kursk submarine, the bombing of the Beslan school, and the attacks on 9/11.
All who desire to kiss the holy icon will be anointed with the myrrh which can often be seen trickling inside the glass and flowing from the face of the Mother of God.
Mark your calendars! Sisters from St Elizabeth Convent in Minsk, Belarus will be in our parish Saturday, March 4 and Sunday, March 5. They will give a presentation about their convent and ministries and be selling beautiful Orthodox items, which support these ministries. Times to be announced.
As most of you probably know by now, our state is to be hit with a Winter storm and extremely cold weather following. We are thus modifying our Nativity schedule in order to ensure everyone’s safety. We will be cancelling our Vigil tomorrow night because of fear of freezing rains. Also, we will be postponing our Yolka until Sunday, January 15 and it will follow the Mercy Meal for the one year anniversary of Maria Panov’s repose. Our plan is still to serve liturgy on Nativity and on Sunday. Please use your best judgment regarding driving to church. If you feel it’s not safe to drive, please stay home. The updated schedule is as follows:
Friday, Jan 6 – Eve of Nativity
9:00am: Royal Hours & Typika
10:30am: Vesperal Liturgy
5:30pm: Vigil CANCELLED
Saturday, Jan 7 – Nativity
9:40am: Hours & Liturgy
12:00pm: Festal Meal & Yolka RESCHEDULED for Sunday, January 15
4:00pm: Great Vespers CANCELLED
Sunday, Jan 8 – Synaxis of the Theotokos
9:40am: Hours & Liturgy
12:00pm: Coffee Hour / Meal CANCELLED
1:00pm: Children’s Sunday School POSTPONED
1:30pm: Orthodoxy 101 Adult Class (Iconography) POSTPONED
With the blessing of His Eminence Metropolitan Hilarion, ruling bishop of the Diocese of New York and Eastern America, we will have our Annual Parish Meeting on Sunday, October 16 at 12:30pm in St John’s Parish Hall. Everyone is strongly encouraged to attend and participate. The Parish Council and Clergy have worked hard this year in support of the parish, so please honor their efforts by your attendance.
On March 26 Deacon Mark and Elizabeth Barna will give an all-day workshop based on their book, “A Christian Ending, A Handbook for Burial in the Ancient Christian Tradition” at St Elizabeth the New Martyr Russian Orthodox Church in Columbia, SC. The workshop begins with a discussion of a Patristic understanding of Death and Life. Later discussions include Elder Care and Care of the Dying Patient, legal issues, estate planning, dealing with hospitals, healthcare facilities and hospice, the cremation fallacy, how to prepare a body for burial and preforming a complete in-home or church funeral without the aid of a professional funeral director. Time permitting, the afternoon session concludes with a discussion of a Patristic understanding of grief.
We will begin the day with a Liturgy for the Departed at 9:00 AM and lunch will be provided. There is a $10 per person suggested donation, and space is limited. Please contact Fr. Mark Mancuso at firstname.lastname@example.org or 803-600-0001 if you are interested in attending.
9:00am: Liturgy for the Departed
11:00am – 6:00pm: Presentations
Over the weekend of Saturday, February 20 through Sunday, February 21, 2016, the
ancient Russian icon of the Virgin Mary, known as the Kursk Root Icon of the Mother of God, will be in the parish of St Elizabeth the New Martyr in West Columbia, SC.
The Kursk Root Icon was discovered in Russia in the year 1295 and for eight centuries has been the source of many miracles. It is one of the most treasured icons in the entire Orthodox world.
All are welcome to come pray before this holy icon of the Mother of God.