This past Friday the miraculous myrrh-streaming icon of the Theotokos Kardiotissa ("Tender Heart") from St. George Orthodox Church in Taylor, PA was brought to the students of ACS. The Tender Heart icon has been streaming myrrh (fragrant oil) for the last four years.
After Moleben, a special prayer service to the Virgin Mary celebrated by Fr. Ivan Turyk, the icon’s guardian Fr. Mark Leasure took the icon out of the case telling the children to hold their hands up, and then he would tilt the icon, holding it over their hands. Then the golden drops of oil were running off the icon into the children’s hands. All through the service and this special visit the icon streamed gold-colored myrrh (fragrant oil) in abundance. Fr. Mark told the story of how the icon began to exude myrrh, and many stories of healings after anointing with the oil. At the end, students of ACS sang the hymn to the Blessed Mary and then everyone was anointed with the holy oil. All agreed, that the miracle of the constant flow of fragrant myrrh regenerating on this icon is truly a wonder of our times and a powerful reminder of the Most Holy Mother of God presence is in our midst.