On the weekend of September 28-29, Archpriest John Parker, Dean of St TIkhon’s had the privilege to accompany the Wonderworking Icon of St Anna to Holy Dormition Orthodox Church, Cumberland, Rhode Island, at the invitation of parish rector, Archpriest Vasily Lickwar. Fr John preached at the Divine Liturgy on Sunday. In his homily, he exhorted the faithful that our response to the wonders and miracles attributed to the Grace of the Holy Spirit through St Anna is, in fact, the Gospel appointed for the same Sunday (Luke 6:31-36). Gratitude for the miraculous in our lives is best shown as love for one’s enemies, lending expecting nothing in return, and doing good as we are able. This is especially true, preached Fr John, since we, who are of the household of faith, were once enemies of God, who, despite our selfishness towards Him, have been given new life, forgiveness of sins, and countless visible and invisible acts of mercy towards us.
Holy Dormition was established in 1908 by St Alexander Hotovitsky, one of the five saints who walked, and prayed, and served at St Tikhon’s.