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I will be visiting the Scranton Wilkes-Barre area (and points north-east along Route 6) on Saturday June 25 & Sunday June 26.
Most of that time will be spent driving around and looking at the various Eastern churches.

Besides the churches, are there any other points of interest related to the Rusyn or Ukrainian communities that I should visit?

Are there any picnics or other such events planned for those days?

Thanks in advance for any input.

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Christ is in our midst!!

Roman,

Welcome to the forum.

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Many years ago Fr. Jon posted a number of photo galleries of "PA Coal Country" churches.

Look through the index pages of his posts and select those in "photo gallery"

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Originally Posted by theophan
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I reckon that I haven't made much of an impression in my 20+ years here...

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You might venture out to visit St. Tikhon's in South Canaan, PA

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Thanks for the suggestion, Utroque.

I had copied the list of OCA parishes in the area from their website but that list did not include the monastery.

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Please accept my apology. I looked at the number"1" which was meant to mean you "likes" and thought it was your number of posts. So much for not looking more closely. crazy

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I visited St Tikhon's monastery a few years ago and the monks told me about the myrrh-streaming icon of the Theotokos at St George Orthodox church in Taylor, Pa. I enjoyed my visit to both holy sites very much!

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Thanks for the pointer, Wolfgang.

Curious that the St. George's parish website, which contains quite a bit of info, does not mention the icon.

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Roman,

I can answer your question. The icon was brought to Altoona awhile back--maybe a year now. The pastor of St. George's Church who brought it to Altoona asked that no one post any pictures or mention the miraculous myrrh-streaming icon on the internet. He said he did not want a lot of publicity because it always draws the secular naysayers, and it becomes a point of mocking the Church by secularists. It is the reason he does not post on the church's website. He did not and does not want the MSM descending on his parish church. The word passes privately among believers and that is sufficient.

Please do not spread word about this icon far and wide. This miracle is meant to be part of the Church's inner life. Believers will make pilgrimage; unbelievers will mock.

I will tell you that I was anointed that night and asked for a special intention from our Holy Mother, the Theotokos. And I received it as a gift. Suffice it to say it was a problem I had wrestled with for about 45 years.

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