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Tarpon cathedral hosts 800-year-old icon
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Tarpon cathedral hosts 800-year-old icon

Tarpon Springs, Florida -- St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Cathedral will play host to an 800-year-old icon.

The Holy and Miraculous Kursk Root Icon, will arrive at the cathedral at 301 North Pinellas Avenue today.  Viewing will be held from 7:00-9:30pm.

According to church belief, the icon was first found in the 13th century at a time when the people of Kursk, Russia were forced from their homes. Kursk became a wilderness.  A hunter noticed the icon lying face down on the ground next to the root of a tree.  When the hunter picked it up and noticed the sacred image, a spring of pure water gushed forth. Believers claim many other miracles followed since the icon was first discovered.

The icon's permanent home is now in New York City, but it is currently on a tour of the country.  It will be accompanied by Archpriest Serge Lukianov who is secretary of the Eastern America Diocese of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia.

The icon will be greeted at St. Nicholas by the Orthodox Clergy of Tampa Bay.  After an Akathist service, refreshments will be served in Tyfon Hall, next to the cathedral.

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