Monastics of the Russian Ecclesiastical Mission in Jerusalem solemnly took part in the of the shroud of the Holy Virgin. The holy icon of the Theotokos is carried from the Gethsemane Chapel near the Holy Sepulcher (where it is kept during the year) to the church of the Tomb of the Holy Virgin.
The procession begins at 4:00 in the morning and Archbishop Dorotheus, the overseer of the tomb of the Virgin, carries the icon preceeded by monastics and clergy.
The procession winds through the streets of the old city of Jerusalem and heads out the Lion’s Gate to the Garden of Gethsemane. Hundreds of the faithful follow.
The Head of the Russian Ecclesiastical Mission in Jerusalem of the Russian Church Outside of Russia, archimandrite Roman (Krassovsky) along with monks of the Mission and sisters of all three convents took part in the prayerful and solomn event preceeding the feast of the Dormition of the Theotokos.