On the evening of March 8/21, His Eminence Metropolitan Mark of Berlin and Germany led the Service of Holy Unction in the church of Equal-to-the-Apostles St. Mary Magdalene in the Garden of Gethsemane. Vladyka was co-served by Archimandrite Roman (Krvsovsky), head of the Russian Ecclesiastical Mission, with the clergy of the Mission. Hieromonk Innokenty (Bespalov), a cleric of the REM of the Moscow Patriarchate, also joined in the sacrament.
All the sisters of the monastery gathered together with a large gathering of pilgrims. At the end of the service, during the reading the closing prayer, the clergy held the Holy Gospel over the head of mother Elisabeth – abbess of the monastery.
The next day, Vladyka Mark celebrated the Divine Liturgy of the Presanctified Gifts in the monastery.
Tags: Archim. Roman (Krassovsky), church of St. Mary Magdalene, convent of St. Mary Magdalene, Metropolitan Mark of Berlin and Germany, Mother Elisabeth (Smelic)