After the Divine Liturgy, on the feast of the Laudation of the Most Holy Theotokos, the sacrament of Holy Unction was performed at the Ascension Convent on the Mount of Olives. All the sisters gathered at the service and quite a few worshipers. Archimandrite Roman (Krassovsky), Head of the Russian Ecclesiastical Mission in Jerusalem, led the service. Serving with him were Fathers Archimandrite Vasily (Druzhinets), Archimandrite Innokenty (Sereda), priest Roman Gultiaev and a priest from Tel Aviv – Fr. Vadim Sally.

After each prayer, the priests approached those praying who, with great reverence, received the anointing with Holy Oil. At the end of the service, the priests hold the Holy Gospel over the sick when reading the final prayer. The abbess of the monastery, mother Varvara (Novikova), stood under the Gospel on behalf of all those annointed.

According to tradition in the Holy Land, during Great Lent we hold the service on both the Mount of Olives and in the church of St. Mary Magdalene. This year, in Gethsemane, Holy Unction was held the second week of Great Lent.

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