On September 20th2018, the Orthodox faithful of Greater Philadelphia were, once again, blessed by the visit of the miraculous myrrh-streaming Iveron Icon of The Most Holy Mother of God.
That morning, Fr. Milorad Orlic accompanied Deacon Dimitri Kernitsky, the Icon’s escort, to the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia’s Neonatal Intensive care Unit, to visit a newborn who has been struggling for his life. Placing the child on the Icon, Father Milorad and Deacon Dimitri prayed a moleban for the child’s health, anointing him with myrrh from the icon upon conclusion of the moleban.
That evening the Icon arrived to St. Nicholas Serbian Orthodox Church in Elkins Park, greeted by a large number of faithful from the various Orthodox churches of Greater Philadelphia. The Akathist Hymn of the Iveron Icon of the Mother of God was served by Fr. Milorad and Fr. Mark Koczak of Holy Assumption Orthodox Church (OCA) in south Philadelphia. Upon conclusion of the Akathist, Fr. Milorad thanked Deacon Dimitri for his endeavors to bring the Icon to St. Nicholas, Fr. Mark for con-celebrating the Akathist, and to all present for demonstrating their love for The Most Holy Mother of God by their presence. After the anointing of the faithful, the Icon was festively processed to the hall, where all enjoyed the refreshments provided, and the continued presence of The Most Holy Mother of God in their midst.