Icon of Saints Sergius and Herman
The 11th of July, the day on which the memory of Saints Sergiy and Herman of Valaam is celebrated, The service this year was special in that the brotherhood served, not only with the Holy Archimandrite of the cloister, but with the Holy Patriarch of all Russia, Alexiy II. Myrrh effluence from the icon situated above the Saints' shrine started durring the service. According to witnesses of the miracle, the myrrh flowing from the image of the founders of the Valaam cloister was transparent, oily and fragrant. After myrrh effluence was noticed, the spiritual father of the monastery celibate priest Geronty served a thanksgiving service to Saints Sergiy and Herman. Myrrh effluence continued during the thanksgiving service and for several subsequent days.