Oregon, Ohio - Three hundred and fifty years after she first wept in compassion for peasants in present-day Slovakia, the Blessed Virgin Mary of Klokočov is coming to Oregon.

St. Michael the Archangel Byzantine Catholic Church, 4001 Navarre Ave., Oregon, will display a copy of the weeping icon beginning Monday through Aug. 30. The local parish is the latest site on a regional pilgrimage that began in June under Ohio's Byzantine Catholic Eparchy of Parma.

St. Michael Parish welcomes the public to view and venerate the icon each day between 10 a.m. and 8 p.m.

A two-dimensional image of Mary, wearing a crown and holding a similarly crowned Jesus, the icon depicting the Blessed Virgin Mary of Klokočov is spiritually significant in a faith tradition that holds icons themselves as spiritually significant, as St. Michael's Rev. Robert Stash explained in an interview anticipating the arrival of the icon on Monday.

 

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Teachings of Christ

“Seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you." (Matthew 6:33 ESV)

Holy Prophet Elias

The glorious Elias, * an angel in the flesh, the foundation of prophets and the second Forerunner of the coming of Christ * sent grace from on high to Elisha * to drive away sickness and cleanse lepers. * Wherefore, he pours forth healings for those who honor him. (Troparion - Tone 4)

Glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, now and ever, and to the ages of ages. Amen.

O Prophet and foreseer of the great works of our God, * O renowned Elias, who, by your word restrained the clouds of rain, * pray for us to the only One Who loves mankind. (Kontakion - Tone 2)

The Church celebrates the memory of the Holy Prophet Elias on July 20th.

Random Proverb

"Hear, O sons, a father's instruction, and be attentive, that you may gain insight, for I give you good precepts; do not forsake my teaching." (Proverbs 4:1,2 ESV)

Pray Without Ceasing

Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me, a sinner.

Wisdom from the Church Fathers

Even a pious person is not immune to spiritual sickness if he does not have a wise guide -- either a living person or a spiritual writer. This sickness is called _prelest_, or spiritual delusion, imagining oneself to be near to God and to the realm of the divine and supernatural. Even zealous ascetics in monasteries are sometimes subject to this delusion, but of course, laymen who are zealous in external struggles (podvigi) undergo it much more frequently. Surpassing their acquaintances in struggles of prayer and fasting, they imagine that they are seers of divine visions, or at least of dreams inspired by grace. In every event of their lives, they see special intentional directions from God or their guardian angel. And then they start imagining that they are God's elect, and often try to foretell the future. The Holy Fathers armed themselves against nothing so fiercely as against this sickness -- prelest.

Metropolitan Anthony Khrapovitsky