Beginning in 1991, Archdeacon Pavel Troshenkin “won permission from the church leaders to turn his back to the altar and sign parts of the services at Moscow’s Novodevichy Convent, where he served.”
Frs. Pyotr Kolomeitsev and Andrei Goryachev followed in his footsteps, and in 1994 founded a Parish for the deaf community at the Church of Our Lady of Tikhvin, also in Moscow.
“Rendering Church Slavonic into sign language has been a major undertaking. Over the past 10 years, the task has been pursued by a team of priests and also by sign-language interpreters, including Maria Danilevskaya, Pavel Afanasyev and Yekaterina Berezina. ” These quotes have been taken from a blog post which can be accessed here: To The Ends of the Earth: Liturgy for the Deaf
Read the whole story, which was written by Andrei Zolotov Jr., and published in the Moscow Times on January 11. 2001.
There is a video included in the blog post in which the Trisagion Hymn is being rendered into sign language for the congregation.
Icon of the Mother of God Weeping Tikhvin on Mt Athos
The Guide or Indicator of the Path (Hodigitria)
The Weeping Tikhvin Icon of Mt. Athos is to be found behind the altar in the Prophet Elias Skete. On February 17, 1877 (Thursday of the Second Week of Lent) seven monks remained in the church after the Hours had been read. They were astonished to see tears flowing from the right eye of the icon, and collecting on the frame. Then a single large tear came from the left eye.
The monks wiped the tears from the icon’s face, then left the church and locked the doors behind them. Three hours later, they returned for Vespers and saw traces of tears on the icon, and a single tear in the left eye. Again they wiped the tears from the icon, but they did not reappear.
Regarding this manifestation of tears as a sign of mercy from the Mother of God, the monks established an annual commemoration of the icon on February 17. The weeping Tikhvin Icon of Mt. Athos is not to be confused with the original wonderworking Tikhvin Icon (June 26).