September 28, 2013
Wayne, WV: Faithful gather to Commence Annual Pilgrimage at Holy Cross Monastery  

On Saturday, September 28, the Administrator of the Chicago & Mid-American Diocese, His Grace Peter, Bishop of Cleveland, paid an inaugural visit to Holy Cross Monastery in Wayne, WV, and led the divine services at the monastery’s annual pilgrimage. The monastery’s abbot, His Grace, Eastern American Diocesan vicar Bishop George of Mayfield, greeted his distinguished guest. Also present at the pilgrimage was the myrrh-streaming Hawaiian Icon of the Mother of God.

After lunch, in accordance with monastery tradition, a procession and moleben to the Holy Great Martyr and Healer Panteleimon began in the monastery’s main church and proceeded to the outdoor chapel. Bishop George led the moleben, co-served by diocesan, monastery, and local clergy.

At 4:00 PM, a bountiful dinner was offered by the brethren for all the pilgrims, and at 6:00 PM Bishop Peter led the All-Night Vigil. Throughout the service, the many faithful confessed their sins, a fact made possible by the presence of many priests, who came to share in the joy of the pilgrimage.

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