On the second great station of the fifth week of Great Lent, the feast of the Laudation of the Most Holy Theotokos was celebrated the in the church of St. Mary Magdalene. The service is served “without sitting,” that is, it is supposed that the worshipers would pray during the service while standing.

Русская Гефсимания. Похвала Пресвятой Богородицы.

The Head of the Russian Ecclesiastical Mission in Jerusalem, Archimandrite Roman (Krassovsky) with priest Roman Gultiaev read the Akathist of the Most Holy Theotokos while the entire sisterhood sang. While the Akathist was performed, Hierodeacon Gerasim (Kotovsky) censed the great shrine of the monastery, the renewed image of the Mother of God “Odigitria”.

The next morning, Fr. Roman (Krassovsky) celebrated the Divine Liturgy with many faithful come together in prayer.

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