The Abbess of Mt. Athos ICON OF THE MOST HOLY MOTHER OF GOD in Ottawa. The enthronement of Bishop Irénée
15 Street N., Ottawa, ON, K1R 7H1;
Holy wonder making icon of the Mother of God “the Abbess of the Holy Mount Athos” is coming to our Cathedral!
The Abbess of Mount Athos Icon of the Most Holy Mother of God and the Holy Relics of St. Gabriel of Mount Athos will be at the Cathedral November 21-23.
On this occasion we’ve added to the calendar of services and additional Vigil service on Friday November 21st with veneration of the Abbess of Mount Athos Icon of the Most Holy Mother of God and the Holy Relics of St. Gabriel of Mount Athos.
On Sunday 13 July our father rector installed a new icon, an icon of the Most Holy Theotokos, named the Gatekeeper, in the centre of the church.
This icon was executed and consecrated in Athos, the Greek mountain monastery, and was recently offered to a pilgrim named Valery with the instruction to leave it in the first church where he would pray. Thus, this icon of the Most Holy Theotokos Portaitissa of mount Athos ended up in our place a few days ago. Father Anatoly accepted this gift with the gratitude from the whole parish. We need now to make a kiot for this icon, which will be hung in the left transept of the church.
This same person had previously offered our church an icon of the Holy Matron of Moscow and funded the making of a kiot to enshrine it.
We warmly thank all those who financially contribute to adorning our cathedral. We wish everyone to benefit from the spiritual help and the intercession of the Theotokos.
On 30 March after the Divine Liturgy a new icon was consecrated for our church, an icon of the Venerable Roman the Melodist.
This icon enshrined in a wooden icon case will hang in the choir for special veneration by our choristers: they will always be able to ask the saint for help through prayers. The Venerable Roman is known above all for his fervent desire to glorify God by his voice and singing, and because by a special favour of the Mother of God towards him he composed the famous kontakion of the Nativity of Christ “Today the Virgin gives birth to the Transcendent One…”.
An ancient icon brought from Solovki once, has been offered to our church by a family parishioners . It’s quite a large icon, about 40 by 50 cm , written on a blackboard in the middle or end of the19th century. The icon represents Deisus ( which means ” petition “, ” prayer ” in Greek ): in it center, Jesus Christ is depicted. On His right and left are John the Baptist and the Godmother represented in a traditional gesture of prayer intercession. Behind the altar of Jesus are two angels. The Apostles Peter and Paul are also depicted with St. Nicholas and the founders of the Spaso-Preobrazhensky Solovetsky monastery – Sts. Savvaty and Zosima. The icon was not painted in the artistic style common to the iconography of the 19th century , but in the manner of 16th-century painters .
October 24th, 2010
A very special visit from the Kiev Pechersk Lavra: the Relics of Saint-Vladimir. A special liturgy and procession was celebrated by our most reverend Jonah, Metropolitan of the All America and Canada.