Festal services were held at the Gethsemane convent of Equal-to-the-Apostles St. Mary Magdalene on the day of the Protection of the Blessed Virgin Mary. On the eve of the feastday, the head of the Russian Ecclesiastical Mission, Archimandrite Roman (Krassovsky), led the solemn all-night vigil, co-served by the clergy of the Mission – Hieromonk Theodore (Kirike), Priest Roman Gultyaev and Deacon Vyacheslav Batalsky. At Vespers, the stichera of the feast “O Wonderful Miracle” were intoned to the melody of the Kiev-Caves Lavra. After singing the “Magnification” of the feast and the reading the Gospel story about the meeting of the Mother of God with Elisabeth in the hill country, the abbess of the monastery, mother Elisabeth along with the sisters of the convent approached and venerated the image of the feastday and were anointed with holy oil.
Tags: Archim. Roman (Krassovsky), convent of St. Mary Magdalene, REM of the ROCOR