With the blessing of the overseer of the Tomb of the Most Holy Mother of God, Archbishop Dorotheos of Avila, members of the Russian Ecclesiastical Mission in Jerusalem of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia served the Akathist Hymn to the Mother of God before her Epitathios (shroud) lying behind Her most precious tomb. On Wednesday morning, August 26, the sisters of the three convents of the Mission gathered on one of the last days of the Dormition Fast for the opportunity to pray to Our Lady. Together, the nuns of the Holy Ascension Convent on the Mount of Olives, the Convent of St. Mary Magdalene in Gethsemene and the Sisterhood of the Resurrection of Christ in Bethany sang the Akathist Hymn which was led by the Head of the Mission Archimandrite Roman (Krassovsky). The Mission thanks Archbishop Dorotheos for the honor of praying at the Holy Tomb before the great feast of the Dormition. The sisters departed the church with great spiritual joy.

 

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