On Sunday, January 6th, the Feast of Holy Theophany, a newly handpainted icon of the Mother of God was blessed and placed for veneration. The iconographer, Mirona Bendfeldt, completed the icon as part of a set which presently includes the Icon Not-Made-By-Hands. Forthcoming icons may include St. John the Baptist and the North American Saints. May the Lord bless both Mirona for using her God-given talents to His glory as well as the anonymous donor of the icon and her prayerful intentions!
On Sunday, January 6th, the faithful gathered to celebrate the Great Feast of Theophany, which commemorates the Lord's Baptism in the Jordan River and the manifestation of the Holy Trinity. On the eve, we served the Great Blessing of Water during the festal vigil.