On Friday June 26/July 9, the feast of the “Tikhvin” icon of the Theotokos, Metropolitan Mark of Berlin and Germany served Divine Liturgy in the church of St. Lazarus of the Four Days and his sisters, Martha and Mary in Bethany. Serving with His Eminence were the Head of the Russian Ecclesiastical Mission, Archimandrite Roman (Krassovsky) and Hieromonk Misail (Minin). Also joining in the Holy Liturgy was Hieromonk Innokenty (Bezpalov), cleric of the Gorny Convent of the Russian Mission of the Moscow Patriarchate.
The Abbess of the Gethsemane Convent, Mother Elisabeth (Smelic) prayed with the sisters of the Sisterhood of the Resurrection of Christ. Mother Maria (Wall), the elder sister of the sisterhood led the choir.
After Liturgy and breakfast at the refectory, Metropolitan Mark inspected the building site where a new parking garage for the school and a new fence are being built on the Mission property.