TORONTO: September 7, 2013
|Kursk-Root Icon of the Thotokos "of the Sign"|
|Icon of the Theotokos, "Softener of Hardened Hearts"|
Standing in the presence of these miracle-working icons of the Mother of God and participating in the Church-wide celebration of the 400 th anniversary of the Romanov Dynasty in Holy Trinity Cathedral in Toronto, we beseech the Most-Holy Mother of God that the “Lord grant strength to His people and bless His people with peace,” the peace of which Christ told the Apostles before His sufferings, the peace that He left for them. May this Divine peace, unearthly and eternal, reign in the hearts of the Christians of the Near East and strengthen them, and also inspire in us devotion and love in further carrying out our service, our duties and our life’s cross.