On the feast of the Kazan Icon of the Mother of God, at the only temple in the Diocese of Chicago & Mid-America named in honor of this miraculous icon, His Eminence Archbishop Peter presided at the Divine Liturgy here. His Eminence was joined by the parish Rector, Archpriest James Rohrer, Dean of the Ohio Deanery, Archpriest Ilya Marzev, and the following clergymen:
Archpriest Gregory Joyce
Priest Daniel Marshall
Deacon Alexander Peterovsky
A choir comprised of singers from the Ohio and Michigan Deaneries under the direction of the Chair of the Diocesan Liturgical Committee, Larissa Sander, sang magnificently. In his sermon for the day His Eminence discussed the history of the Kazan Icon and its spiritual significance, as well as the gospel readings appointed for feasts of the Mother of God. An excerpt of the sermon can be heard here:
Following the Divine Liturgy, “Many Years” were intoned for the hierarchy of the Russian Orthodox Church, Archpriest James, and all the parishioners of this holy temple.
Each Orthodox Christian knows from experience that occasionally – rarely – a particular Divine Service is extraordinarily beautiful, uplifting, prayerful – such a service makes a great spiritual impression on the believers. This Divine Liturgy was such a service. All agreed that, God willing, they would meet again next year to celebrate the patronal feast day of the beautiful little church named in honor of the Kazan Icon here in Urbana, Ohio.