Alapaevsk, Russia, September 16, 2021
Orthodox faithful from across Russia gathered in the Urals city of Alapaevsk to set off yesterday on the traditional 10-day, 110-mile procession in honor of St. Simeon of Verkhoturye.
The prayerful journey will end in Verkhoturye on September 24, on the eve of the feast of the transfer of the relics of the great saint known as the Wonderworker of All Siberia, reports the Ekaterinburg Diocese.
Before the start, the faithful participated in the Divine Liturgy in the Church of the Great Martyr Catherine in Alapaevsk, after which a moleben for the beginning of a good deed was served. They then processed to Holy Trinity Cathedral, and after a meal, they embarked upon their 10-day journey.
They made their first stop at the Convent of the New Martyr and Grand Duchess St. Elizabeth, who was martyred in Alapaevsk, and then made their way to the Monastery of the New Martyrs and Confessors, where they visited the mine where the Alapaevsk Martyrs were killed. The pilgrims spent their first night at the New Martyrs and Confessors Monastery.
Throughout the 10-day, 110-mile procession, the faithful will make their way through three dioceses, visiting ancient villages where Church life has been revived. The pilgrims will also help erect chapels and memorial crosses along the way.
Learn more about St. Simeon in the article, “An Abundance of Miracles!”