Ekaterinburg, July 13, 2018
About 40 people from New Zealand and Australia, a pilgrim from Singapore, and a group of priests from the U.S. have arrived on pilgrimage to Ekaterinburg, and others from Great Britain will arrive on Sunday, Archpriest Maxim Minyailo of the Church on the Blood in Ekaterinburg has reported, according to Interfax-Religion.
“There are many we don’t know about; some do and some don’t announce their arrival,” Fr. Maxim explained at a press conference today.
About 100,000 people are expected to take part in the all-night procession in honor of the 100th anniversary of the martyrdom of the last Russian Imperial Family on July 17. The pilgrims will travel 12.5 miles along the route on which the Royal Martyrs’ remains were carried 100 years ago, from the Ipatiev House, where the Church on the Blood now stands, to Ganina Yama, where a monastery dedicated to the Royal Passion-Bearers now stands.
Participants in the march will be accompanied by more than 150 first aid personnel, as well as 15 buses for those who get tired. The organizers of the procession have also planned several rest stops where participants will be given water and access to sanitary areas.
His Holiness Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia will head the procession.
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