100-year tradition of Cross procession to Pochaev Lavra to be held on Transfiguration

Source: Union of Orthodox Journalists

August 17, 2016


A prayerful procession from Kamenets-Podolsk to the Pochaev Lavra will be held on the feast of the Transfiguration, August 19. The Cross procession has a more-than-one-hundred-year history, reports the Information-Education Department of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church.

Every year, after the festive Liturgy in the Kamanets-Podolsk cathedral of the holy Right-Believing Prince Alexander Nevsky, the faithful set out on their path. They arrive to the Pochaev monastery for its patronal feast, the Dormition of the Most Holy Theotokos.

Thousands of pilgrims covering the 210 kilometers from Kamenets-Podolsk to Pochaev have gathered throughout the long history of the procession. Believers of the Kamanets-Podolsk, Chernivtsi, Volyn, Odessa and other dioceses of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church take part in the procession every year, as well as pilgrims from abroad. The pilgrims walk in the Cross procession for a week.

On August 15 believers from the village of Golinchintsi Shargorod of the Vinnytsia region processed to Jehosophat Valley where a Moleben and Liturgy were served. The procession gathered more than three thousand pilgrims.

Translated by Jesse Dominick

Union of Orthodox Journalists


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