Not only was the parish blessed by a visit from His Eminence Metropolitan Nicolae of the Americas for its 86th anniversary, but also by the visit of the wonderworking and myrrh-streaming Hawaiian Iveron Icon of the Mother of God.
“This is a place where the soul meets God. Here the Lord speaks in a still, small voice.” This is how pilgrims poetically describe their impressions after visiting St. Innocent’s Convent in the village of Razdolnoe.
Over the past twenty-five years, the procession’s route has changed, its duration has increased to five days, and the number of participants in some years reached as many as three and a half thousand. But the spiritual joy that accompanies the fervently praying pilgrims remained unchanged.
Every year, around the new calendar feast of the Transfiguration of the Lord, mysterious snakes appear in the villages of Markopoulo and Agrinia where there are chapels dedicated to the Dormition of the Theotokos, remaining until the feast of the Dormition on August 15.