On Nov 3rd 2018, with the Blessing of our Ruling Hierarch, His Eminence Metropolitan Antony, St. Michael Ukrainian Orthodox Church, 74 Harris Ave, Woonsocket RI hosted the Wonder-working Icon of the Mother of God, otherwise known as - “The Crying Icon of Taylor, PA”. Saturday at 10 AM St. Michael was filled with clergy and faithful anxiously awaiting the arrival of the Icon. As Father Mark Leasure, from St. George Parish in Taylor, walked through the doors of the Church bringing the Holy Icon into the midst of clergy and laity the atmosphere immediately changed. The strong fragrance of myrrh filled the senses of the faithful as the St. Michael choir sang praises to the Mother of God.
The Akathist service was a life-changing event with the faithful anointed with Holy Myrrh which streamed from the icon more as the people began to sing. As the service went on more and more people joined in prayer until the Church was filled to capacity. Over 200 people came to praise the Mother of our Lord and brought their faith, hope and love before the Throne of God.
The parishioners and clergy of St Michael were overjoyed to host the icon in this glorious celebration in Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and the Mother of God. Our parish is a miracle of God itself as it was almost completely destroyed by a terrible fire in 2012 only to rise again like a Phoenix from its ashes. We thank Father Mark Leasure for bringing this miracle to our Church. On behalf of all the parishioners of St Michael UOC, Fr Borislav Kroner would also like to thank Fr Roman Tarnavsky from Boston, MA, Fr. Andrii Pokotylo from New Britain, CT, Fr. Stephen Masliuk from Bridgeport, CT, Fr. Onisie Morar from Woonsocket RI, Protodn. Anthony Szwez as well all the guests who came together around the The Crying Icon of Taylor, PA to be strengthened in our faith, hope and love and bestowed with Blessings from God for Many Healthy and Happy Years!
NO PHOTOS OF THE WEEPING ICON POSTED OUT OF RESPECT FOR THE HOLY THEOTOKOS AND PER REQUEST OF FR. MARK LEASURE!