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Meeting of the Blessed Virgin Mary with St. Elizabeth is commemorated at Gorny Convent

Meeting of the Blessed Virgin Mary with St. Elizabeth is commemorated at Gorny Convent
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15 April 2022 year 15:22

According to tradition started by the founder of the Russian Palestine, Archimandrite Antonin (Kapustin), the icon of the Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary is taken fr om Jerusalem to the Gorny Convent in Ain Karim after the feast day of Annunciation thus commemorating the visit to St. Elizabeth of the Holy Virgin ‘who went into the hill country, to the city of Judah’ (Lk 1:39) to share the joy of the Saviour of the world to be born of her. This year, Metropolitan Isychios of Kapitolias officiated at the celebrations with the blessing of Patriarch Theophilos of Jerusalem.

On April 11, after a prayer service celebrated by Metropolitan Isychios before the icon of the Annunciation in the Holy Trinity Cathedral, the icon was brought to the Gorny Convent.

Meeting the icon at the spring known as the Fountain of the Virgin in Ain Karem were hegumeness Yekaterina (Chernysheva), mother superior of the Gorny Convent, and sisters of the abode. The procession of clerics led by Metropolitan Isychios proceeded to the Convent, wh ere the icon was put on the lectern at the church of the Kazan icon of the Mother of God. Near the icon a hegumeness’ staff was placed. According to tradition, the Precious Mother of God is considered to be the hegumeness of the Gorny Convent when the icon is here.

Archimandrite Alexander (Yelisov), head of the Russian Ecclesiastical Mission, officiated at the festive divine service, being assisted by the clerics of the Mission and of the Gorny Convent. The service was celebrated in accordance with the ordo of the Annunciation All-Night Vigil. Grand Compline with the Litiya was followed by procession around the church and Matins during which the akathistos to the meeting of the Holy Virgin with the Righteous Elizabeth was read. After the divine service, the head of the Mission addressed the sisters of the abode with edifying words.

On April 12, Metropolitan Isychios of Kapitolias officiated at the Divine Liturgy of St John Chrysostom usually celebrated on the feast day at the Cathedral of All the Saints Who Shone Forth in the Land of Russia. The hierarch was assisted by Archimandrite Alexander (Yelisov) and clerics of the Orthodox Church of Jerusalem, the Mission and the Gorny Convent: archimandrite Bartholomew, dean of the Patriarchate of Jerusalem, archpriest Nikolay Zhdanov, hegumen Nikon (Golovko), hieromonks Amvrosy (Ignatov), Dometian (Markarian) and Afanasy (Bukin), archdeacon Mark (Henderson), and deacon Iliya Drachuk.

The divine service was celebrated in the Greek and Church Slavonic languages, Press Service of the Russian Ecclesiastical Mission reports.

After the dismissal, Archimandrite Alexander greeted the worshippers and asked Metropolitan Isychios to convey to His Beatitude Patriarch Theophilos III of Jerusalem gratitude for attention he is rendering to the Russian Ecclesiastical Mission. Metropolitan Isychios conveyed blessing of the Primate of the Orthodox Church of Jerusalem to all those gathered and thanked Russian clergymen for the joy of common prayers.

DECR Communication Service/

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