Icon of Saint Royal Passion Bearers Begins to Ooze Chrism

On the eve of Annunciation (April 7) Day, an icon of saint royal passion bearers began to ooze chrism in the Christ Nativity Church in Yekaterinburg (Urals), RIA Novosti was told at the Yekaterinburg diocese.

Nun Emilia from the monastery community in the Verkhne-Chusovskiye Gorodki had completed work on the icon, which has been in the Nativity Church since March 17, on the Day of Holy Easter, 2001. Despite its recent origins the icon has already once oozed in the St Nicholas church of Brekhovo village in the Perm region (west of the Urals), whose rector, archpriest Alexander Petropavlovsky, had commissioned it for his parish.

In the three weeks that the icon stayed in Yekaterinburg, thousands of believers kissed it. It is being visited not only by local parishioners. Many Russian believers have heard of the miraculous icon and that it was carried at the head of thousand-kilometre religious processions, Nyrob-Perm-Yekaterinburg and from the Ipatyev villa (where the last Russian emperor and members of his family were executed) to the Ipatyev Monastery (where the founder of the Romanov dynasty lived).

Until the Passion Week the wonder-working icon will stay at the Christ Nativity Church on Uralmash (a plant in the Urals). Later on, it is going to be moved to Diveyevo, the place where St. Seraphim of Sarov (Volga area) resided and performed his feats.

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