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Orthodox icon set to visit St. Michael's

'I think this is a first for Southbridge'

An image of the St. Anna icon. In form, the painting is much like many similar icons around the world. (click for larger version)
January 08, 2012
SOUTHBRIDGE — If sacred icons are your thing, St. Michael's Orthodox Church will be the place to go later this month.

On Jan. 21 and 22, the church will play host to an icon of St. Anna that allegedly weeps myrrh oil, an ancient incense.

"It's rare here," said Rev. Peter Preble. "I think this is a first for Southbridge. In America, we don't have a lot of these things."

He was specifically referring to icons in the U.S. Orthodox churches; they're far more common among Catholics and among Orthodox groups in Europe. Preble noted icons — which are typically paintings on wood, or statues in Catholicism — are "worship aids."

For more on this story, please see tomorrow's Southbridge Evening News.

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