We have been praying for rain here in California, which is now in its fourth year of record-breaking drought. In the evening of June 25/July 8, as we were celebrating the eve of the Feast of the Tikhvin Icon of the Most Holy Mother of God, storm clouds that had been gathering began to send down much-needed showers, cooling and dampening the parched earth. The rain continued into the next day, as we celebrated the Feast of the Tikhvin Icon. What was most amazing–particularly for us in this part of the country–is that the rain continued for three days. We’ve never seen this much rain at one time in the month of July. Everything was cool and wet and foggy–it felt like autumn had arrived, whereas in the weeks before the weather had been very hot and dry. The danger of forest fire–always a big concern this time of year–was taken away for the time being. We took the extended downpour as a blessing of the Most Holy Virgin for her Feast. On the following Sunday, we celebrated a Thanksgiving Moleben during the Divine Liturgy.