Glasgow: Orthodox pilgrimage to holy spring of 6th-century Apostle to Scotland

Glasgow, February 2, 2024

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The annual Orthodox pilgrimage to the holy spring of St. Kentigern (Mungo) of Strathclyde, Bishop of Glasgow (†614) took place this year on January 27.

The pilgrimage began with the Divine Liturgy celebrated in the 12th-century church of St. Kentigern in Glasgow, reports the Diocese of Sourozh of the Russian Orthodox Church.

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The ancient cathedral is now Presbyterian but is still dedicated to St. Kentigern. His relics were enshrined in the church until the Reformation, and it’s believed they now lie in the lower crypt.

The Liturgy was celebrated by Fr. Anatoly Vikrov and Fr. Victor Akhryapin, both of whom serve as rector to several parishes, and Fr. Neil Lubchenko, rector of the Orthodox Church of St. Kentigern in Glasgow.

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The pilgrimage was attended by Orthodox faithful from England and Scotland. Following the Liturgy, a procession took place to the spring of St. Kentigern, located behind the church, where a moleben for the blessing of water was served.

Back in the church, Fr. Anatoly offered a homily touching upon famous moments from the life of the Apostle to Scotland, whose memory is celebrated on January 13/26.

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The pilgrimage concluded with a common meal.

Read more about St. Kentigern here.

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