Javascript Menu by Deluxe-Menu.com
   
















Icon Visit

The historic icon of Our Lady of Czestochowa, also known as the Black Madonna, visited to Holy Apostles Orthodox Church in Saddle Brook NJ on Tuesday, 8 October. The Icon has been making a pilgrimage across the world beginning two years ago on the pacific coast of far eastern Russia. Since then it has weaved its way through Orthodox and Catholic churches in Russia and Europe. The primary purpose of the pilgrimage is to raise awareness for the sanctity of life across the spectrum: the young, the old, and the unborn.  The icon is an exact replica of the original which resides in Czestochowa Poland. It is venerated by both Orthodox and Catholics and has through its long history belonged to either church at various times. Before its final resting place in Poland, the icon also resided in the Ukraine, Constantinople, and the Holy Lands.

Three hundred people attended two services at Holy Apostles Church. In the afternoon many showed up for a healing service where they were anointed. In the evening many more attended Vespers which included a candle-lit procession through the neighborhood with the icon and an anointing. The procession, which included singing of various hymns to the Mother of God, drew some of the neighbors from their homes, interested to see what was going on. The crowd at both services was a broad mix of residents from Bergen and Passaic Counties and included those of Orthodox, Catholic and Protestant backgrounds. Five Orthodox and three Catholic priests were in attendance for the services, along with a group of nuns from the Sisters of Life in Suffern NY  who added to the joyousness of the event with their beautiful singing.  A Polish children’s choir also joined in the evening event.  After the services many stayed to socialize in the parish hall where refreshments were provided.

Many of those in attendance described the event as one of mutual love and excitement, the intensity of which they have not experienced for quite some time. One lady from the community commented that she wished the Church always had this much cooperation and love. Father Matthew Brown (parish rector) said, “We are happy that so many people from so many different backgrounds joined together at Holy Apostles to honor the Virgin Mary, to seek healing of their various ailments, and to support the sanctity of life.”

More information on the icon’s pilgrimage and how to have it make a visit to your church can be found at:

www.fromoceantoocean.org

Additional pictures from the event:  www.holyapostlesnj.org

Saddle Brook NJ - 10/08/13

(7 images)


Share This:



< PreviousNext >
You might also like:



UPCOMING EVENTS
On the Diocesan Calendar

 

February 19, 2018

 Beginning of

Great Lent

 

March 16-18, 2018

 Lenten

  Teen

    Retreat

Saint Basil's Academy

Garrison NY

information & registration >

 

March 25, 2018

   The Annunciation to

   the Holy Theotokos

 

April 1, 2018

Palm Sunday

 

April 8, 2018

   HOLY

   PASCHA

   The Resurrection of

   Our Lord, God, and

   Savior, Jesus Christ

 

May 17, 2018

Feast-Day of the

Ascension of

Our Lord

 

May 27, 2018

   Holy Pentecost

The Descent of

the Holy Spirit

 

August 6, 2018

Feast-Day of the

Transgfiguration of

Our Lord

 

August 15, 2018

Feast-Day of the

Dormition of

the Theotokos

 

September 8, 2018

Feast-Day of the

Nativity of

the Theotokos

 

September 14, 2018

   The Exaltation of the

   Life-Creating Cross

 

November 21, 2018

Feast-Day of the

Entrance of the

Theotokos into

the Temple

 

December 25, 2018

  Feast Day of the

  Nativity of Our

  Lord, God, and Savior

  Jesus Christ

 







 
Diocese of New York-New Jersey; 33 Hewitt Avenue; Bronxville, NY 10708; 914-779-6580

Powered by Orthodox Web Solutions