Kursk Root Icon as it is being brought into the nave of St. Athanasius Orthodox Church
Father Justin Patterson holding a print of the icon that was a gift to the parish.
The priest who travels with the icon.
Yesterday my kids and I traveled down to Nicholasville, to visit our old parish, St. Athanasius Orthodox Church. The Kursk Root Icon of the Mother of God, one of the oldest icons of the Russian Orthodox Church was visiting that parish at 12:00 noon. People gathered for prayers at that time. I overheard one young child ask her father: "Why do we pray to icons instead of to God?" And the Father answered: "We do NOT pray to icons. We DO pray to God. Icons give us something to look at." Good answer, dad.
The Kursk Root icon has had many miracles surrounding it. It is the icon that the Lord used to heal the child who grew up to be St. Seraphim of Sarov.
I thought a visit was especially apropos this time of year, so close to the Nativity. The Mother of God has been on my mind a lot lately.