Faithful gather to Commence Annual Pilgrimage at Holy Cross
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
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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