On September 13/26, on the eve of the feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross, an all-night vigil was held in the church of St. Mary Magdalene with the Bringing of the life-giving Cross of the Lord.
According to the typicon of this feastday, after the Great Doxology during the singing of the Trisagion, the true Cross was solemnly brought to the middle of the temple. The carrying of the Cross is performed in remembrance of the acquisition of the Holy Tree of the Cross of the Lord by Empress Elena and the displaying of it by the Patriarch of Jerusalem Macarius.
The abbess of the monastery, Abbess Elisabeth (Smelic) and the sisters of the monastery took part in the divine service.[foogallery id=”19552″]