On Wednesday, September 25, the delegation of the Russian Church Aboard, led by His Grace, Eastern American Diocesan vicar Bishop Nicholas of Manhattan, continued their pilgrimage to Kursk. The day began with Divine Liturgy, celebrated by Metropolitan Herman of Kursk & Rylsk, co-served by Metropolitan John of Belgorod & Stary Oskol, Bishop Benjamin of Zheleznogorsk & Lgov, Bishop Paisius of Shchigry & Manturovo, and Bishop Nicholas, and local and visiting clergy.
The evening prior, Bishop Nicholas led the All-Night Vigil, co-served by Bishop Paisius.
Upon conclusion of Liturgy, for their labors in assisting in the travels of the Kursk Icon to Russia, Bishop Nicholas presented Vladimir I. Demkov & Vladimir N. Smirnov with the Synodal Order of the Sign, 2nd Class.
Not long after Liturgy, the traditional procession with the wonderworking icon of the Most Holy Theotokos began from the Kursk Root Hermitage toward the city of Kursk. Thousands of the faithful took part in the procession, carrying icons, reading akathists, and singing hymns to the Mother of God. Young and old, physically fit and infirm all walked together. Monastics from neighboring monasteries joined, along with youth from across the diocese, who rotated carrying banners, crosses, and icons. In total, the procession lasted for 20 miles, and the unexpectedly sunny weather aided the faithful in their spiritual undertaking.
The icon and procession were greeted outside of the Cathedral of the Sign to the peal of bells and beautiful hymnody. In the square in front of the cathedral, Metropolitan Herman served a moleben before the Kursk Root Icon.
Kursk: ROCOR Delegation takes part in Traditional Procession from Kursk Root Hermitage - 09/25/19
Photos: Media Office of the Eastern American Diocese - G. Konyev
Vigil: Archpriest Alexandre Antchoutine