Jubilee Icon Comes to Chicago Deanery

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The Jubilee Icon of the Protection of the Mother of God came to the Chicago Deanery Sunday, July 10, arriving at St Mary's Assumption (Dormition) Parish in St Louis, Missouri. Divine Liturgy was celebrated at 10 am by Fr. Andrew Plishka, parish administrator, and Fr. James Knapp, SJ, parish assistant.

Immediately after the Liturgy, Fr. Andrew and Fr. James led the parishioners in the Akathist to the Protection of the Mother of God, asking for the Most holy Theotokos and Ever-virgin Mary to cover our eparchy and the parish with her powerful omofor.

Father Deacon Eugene Logusch sang the responses. In addition, the parish joyfully celebrated the 50th wedding anniversary of volodymyr and Maria Monastyrsky. After the prayer behind the ambo, the happy couple received a blessing according to the liturgical traditions of our church.

The parish then held a sumptuous pot luck luncheon in honor of the arrival of the icon and the Monastyrskys, who were very deeply touched by the outpouring of affection from all those present.

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