Moldovan Church establishes new feast of wonderworking icon of Theotokos

Chișinău, April 25, 2024

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The Holy Synod of the Moldovan Orthodox Church of the Moscow Patriarchate gathered in Chișinău yesterday under the chairmanship of His Eminence Metropolitan Vladimir.

Among the Synod’s notable decisions was to establish the feast of the wonderworking icon of the Theotokos from the Nativity of the Theotokos Monastery in the village of Vărzărești, Nisporeni District, reports the Moldovan Church.

Thus, the icon will be locally venerated with a feast on May 4/17.

Founded in 1420, Vărzărești is the oldest monastery in Moldova. The icon dates to at least the 19th century. It was first revealed as wonderworking when it survived a fire. There are countless miracles attributed to the miraculous icon, which is celebrated with a procession every year on May 17.

Additionally, the dossier with the materials for the future canonization of the New Martyrs Hieromonk Vikenty (Kimityuk) and his mother Glyceria, who were killed on January 17, 1957 in the village of Tașlîc, was approved.

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