Latvian Church holds 25th annual penitent procession

Valgunde, Jelgava Municipality, Latvia, August 18, 2023     

On August 17, 1998, the Latvian Orthodox Church held its first penitential procession to the Holy Transfiguration Skete in Valgunde, Jelgava Municipality.

This year, the Church marked the 25th anniversary of the traditional prayer march. The procession began in Riga from the Church of the Icon Not-Made-By-Hands. The faithful carried a venerated copy of the It Is Truly Meet Icon as they walked, reports the Latvian Orthodox Church.     

The day began with an early-morning moleben served by His Grace Bishop John of Jelgava and Riga clergy. The participants were all blessed with holy water before the 30-mile procession began. Hymns and prayers were offered to the Most Holy Theotokos throughout the holy offering.

At 6:30 PM, the procession arrived at the turn leading to the Transfiguration Skete, where it was met by another procession coming from the skete.

A moleben of thanksgiving was served at the monastery gates. Then the pilgrims were all received and fed by the sisterhood.

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