FRIDAY 12 / 25 MARCH 2022: On the Friday of the third week of Great Lent, the wonderworking Kursk-root Icon of the Mother of God ‘of the sign’ visited the parish of St Alexander Nevsky in Norwich, England. Brought to the parish by Archpriest Vitaly Serapinas, the icon was welcomed at the doors in Norwich by the parish rector, Priest Spasimir Ivanov, as well as visiting clergy from the Bulgarian Church, who together served a moleben and akathist before the famed image of the Theotokos.

The Norwich parish, which, like all the parishes of our diocese, is composed of Orthodox Christians of diverse nationalities and backgrounds — Priest Spasimir and many members of the community coming from Bulgaria, together with many English Orthodox Christians, Romanians, Ukrainians, Serbians, Russians and others — had assembled especially to welcome the holy icon of the Mother of God, the visit of which was taken as a special sign of her mercy and protection at a time of conflict, when the whole world is feeling the pains of the unjust bloodshed in Ukraine. Praying before her icon for peace and the end to the war and conflict, the faithful in Norwich expressed their thanksgiving to God and His mother for the consolations received even in times of great trial.