A procession of the cross at the Great Lavra Monastery of Mt. Athos (a photo gallery)

A photojournalist of the Pravoslavie.ru website, Vladimir Orlov, has participated in the festivities on Holy Mount Athos dedicated to Venerable Athanasius the Athonite in the Great Lavra Monastery, which had been founded by him. The night before, July 4/17, a prayer service was performed and a procession of the cross with the “Kukuzelissa” wonderworking Icon of the Mother of God was held in the Lavra. This icon was named after St. John Kukuzel (also Ioannis Koukouzelis), a great Orthodox Byzantine singer and composer who most probably lived in the fourteenth century and to whom the Mother of God once appeared. One day, Venerable John fell asleep from exhaustion inside the church before this icon. In his sleep the saint saw the Heavenly Queen, Who said to him: “Rejoice, my son John! Keep singing to me, and for that I will not abandon you.” After this the Most Holy Theotokos placed a gold coin in his hands and then disappeared. Waking up, St. John discovered the gold coin in his hands, and from that day he always sang in the choir until his death.

On the way to the Great Lavra Monastery

On the way to the Great Lavra Monastery

Photo: Vladimir Orlov / Pravoslavie.ru

Photo: Vladimir Orlov / Pravoslavie.ru

Photo: Vladimir Orlov / Pravoslavie.ru

Photo: Vladimir Orlov / Pravoslavie.ru

Photo: Vladimir Orlov / Pravoslavie.ru

Photo: Vladimir Orlov / Pravoslavie.ru

Photo: Vladimir Orlov / Pravoslavie.ru

Photo: Vladimir Orlov / Pravoslavie.ru

Rest preparation

Rest preparation

Photo: Vladimir Orlov / Pravoslavie.ru

A basin for the blessing of water with canopy

A basin for the blessing of water with canopy

Photo: Vladimir Orlov / Pravoslavie.ru

Photo: Vladimir Orlov / Pravoslavie.ru

Photo: Vladimir Orlov / Pravoslavie.ru

Photo: Vladimir Orlov / Pravoslavie.ru

Photo: Vladimir Orlov / Pravoslavie.ru

The Lavra’s Cathedral Church in honor of the Annunciation of the Holy Theotokos

The Lavra’s Cathedral Church in honor of the Annunciation of the Holy Theotokos

Photo: Vladimir Orlov / Pravoslavie.ru

Photo: Vladimir Orlov / Pravoslavie.ru

Photo: Vladimir Orlov / Pravoslavie.ru

Photo: Vladimir Orlov / Pravoslavie.ru

Photo: Vladimir Orlov / Pravoslavie.ru

Photo: Vladimir Orlov / Pravoslavie.ru

Photo: Vladimir Orlov / Pravoslavie.ru

The pilgrims are taking a rest

The pilgrims are taking a rest

Photo: Vladimir Orlov / Pravoslavie.ru

Photo: Vladimir Orlov / Pravoslavie.ru

Photo: Vladimir Orlov / Pravoslavie.ru

Photo: Vladimir Orlov / Pravoslavie.ru

Photo: Vladimir Orlov / Pravoslavie.ru

Photo: Vladimir Orlov / Pravoslavie.ru

Photo: Vladimir Orlov / Pravoslavie.ru

Photo: Vladimir Orlov / Pravoslavie.ru

The pilgrims are taking a rest

The pilgrims are taking a rest

Photo: Vladimir Orlov / Pravoslavie.ru

Photo: Vladimir Orlov / Pravoslavie.ru

Photo: Vladimir Orlov / Pravoslavie.ru

A monk is calling everyone to prayer

A monk is calling everyone to prayer

Photo: Vladimir Orlov / Pravoslavie.ru

Photo: Vladimir Orlov / Pravoslavie.ru

Photo: Vladimir Orlov / Pravoslavie.ru

Photo: Vladimir Orlov / Pravoslavie.ru

Photo: Vladimir Orlov / Pravoslavie.ru

Metropolitan Amvrosios of Karpathos and Kasos

Metropolitan Amvrosios of Karpathos and Kasos

Photo: Vladimir Orlov / Pravoslavie.ru

The cross procession with the “Kukuzelissa” Icon

The cross procession with the “Kukuzelissa” Icon

Photo: Vladimir Orlov / Pravoslavie.ru

Photo: Vladimir Orlov / Pravoslavie.ru

Photo: Vladimir Orlov / Pravoslavie.ru

Photo: Vladimir Orlov / Pravoslavie.ru

The cross procession with the “Kukuzelissa” Icon

The cross procession with the “Kukuzelissa” Icon

Photo: Vladimir Orlov / Pravoslavie.ru

Photo: Vladimir Orlov / Pravoslavie.ru

Photo: Vladimir Orlov / Pravoslavie.ru

Photo: Vladimir Orlov / Pravoslavie.ru

Photo: Vladimir Orlov / Pravoslavie.ru

Photo: Vladimir Orlov / Pravoslavie.ru

The Annunciation Church of the Great Lavra Monastery

The Annunciation Church of the Great Lavra Monastery

Photo: Vladimir Orlov / Pravoslavie.ru

Photo: Vladimir Orlov / Pravoslavie.ru

The “Kukuzelissa” Icon of the Mother of God

The “Kukuzelissa” Icon of the Mother of God

Photo: Vladimir Orlov / Pravoslavie.ru

Photo: Vladimir Orlov / Pravoslavie.ru

Photo: Vladimir Orlov / Pravoslavie.ru

Photo: Vladimir Orlov / Pravoslavie.ru

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