Beginning of All-Ukrainian cross procession in Svyatogorsk

Source: Holy Dormition-Svyatogorsk
Lavra

July 3, 2016

On July 3, 2016, the day of commemoration of All Saints
who have shone forth in the Russian Land, from the Holy
Dormition-Svyatogorsk Lavra began the All-Ukrainian cross
procession of peace, love, and prayer for Ukraine,
organized by the Ukrainian Orthodox Church with the
blessing of His Beatitude Metropolitan Onuphry of Kiev and
All Ukraine. On the eve of the procession His Beatitude
emphasized in his letter to his flock the uniqueness of
the present cross procession. According to the primate of
the Ukrainian Orthodox Church, “it’s not just
our spiritual podvig, but is a conscious, willful act of
every Christian soul which follows the Gospel commandments
in deed. Therefore, just to contemplate a procession is
not enough. It is the time to manifest our Christian
conscience.”

With the singing of a Moleben the All-Ukrainian cross
procession began its movement precisely at 2:30 towards
the village of Bogorodichnoe, where the Lavra’s
skete in honor of the “Joy of All Who Sorrow”
icon of the Mother of God is located. More than 1500
faithful took part in the beginning of the cross
procession. With the blessing of the archimandrite of the
Svyatogorsk Lavra and of His Eminence Hilarion,
Metropolitan of Donetsk and Mariupol, the All-Ukrainian
cross procession was headed by the hierarch of the
Svyatogorsk Lavra His Eminence Arseny of Svyatogorsk, and
His Eminence Vladimir, Archbishop of Dnipropetrovsk and
Tsarichanka.

During the procession the hymn to the Most Holy Theotokos
“Rejoice O Unwedded Bride” was collectively
sung, followed by “Rejoice Virgin, Theotokos!”

The procession arrived to the village of
Bogorodichnoe at 4:30 where it was met at the foot of the
monastery by the local procession of clergy having
pastoral care over the skete of the Lavra, and the
monastery’s nuns who carried out the Bleeding
Smolensk Hodigitria icon of the Most Holy Theotokos. A
Moleben was served before this icon and the miraculous
Svyatogorsk icon of the Mother of God, with all welcome to
venerate the icons and to be anointed with holy oil. The
mothers of the Bogorodichnoe monastery also prepared a
small meal for all who desired.

At 5:30 the procession headed for the village of Dolyna,
where the Svyatogorsk Lavra is building its St. George
skete. There the participants had dinner and stayed
overnight, heading for the city of Izium through the
village of Kamenka on July 4.

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