St. Raphael of Brooklyn
This icon was done by iconographer, Cheryl Pituch and is part of St. Lukes new set of Icons of the Saints of America.
Feast Day - February 27th
St. Raphael of Brooklyn is shown in the icon as a Bishop. He wears his episcopal robes, cross and panagia (icon medallion of the Theotokos) and carries the Gospel which is entrusted to him for teaching to his people. His right hand is raised in blessing.
St. Raphael (Hawaweeny)was born in Beirut in 1860 to parents of Syrian background. His extensive education at home and abroad enabled him to learn several languages and prepared him for his missionary labors in America among people of diverse ethnic origins. A monastic, Archimandrite Raphael came to NY in 1895 and worked tirelessly causing his health to deteriorate. He became the first Bishop of Brooklyn and died there in 1915. Subsequently his relics were transferred to the cemetery at Antiochian Village in Ligonier, Pa.
Troparion in tone 1
Your proclamation has gone forth throughout North America,
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