Visit of the Myrrh-streaming Icon of St. Nicholas to St. John of San Francisco Monastery

On Wednesday, June 29, upon the request of Metropolitan Demetrius of America, Fr. Elias Warnke brought the myrrh-streaming icon of St. Nicholas the Wonderworker to the Russian Orthodox Center in Richmondville, NY, the location of the Clergy Synaxis of the GOC. The icon was brought out for the two days of the Synaxis, and then was taken to St. John of San Francisco Monastery in Cobleskil, NY (located only some 10 minutes away) for the vigil on the night of Friday, July 1. It was venerated by hundreds of faithful, and the next morning, the day of the Feast of St. John, swabs of cotton soaked in the miraculous oil were handed out to all the pilgrims.

This icon began streaming on the feastday of St. Nicholas (December 6/19) 1996, and has not ceased to stream fragrant myrrh and work miracles over the past 20 years. Its guardian is Fr. Elias Warnke, who was the parish priest of the church where the icon began streaming.

It was an occasion of much rejoicing to have the icon present for the Clergy Synaxis and for the feastday of the new monastery of St. John. May St. Nicholas and St. John Maximovitch send their blessing upon the Metropolis of America and the new Monastery!

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