Preparation for the festivities that will take place on August 10th
|Church in honor of God's Archangel Michael
In the middle of August our diocese is expecting festivities of
all-Russian importance: the celebration of the 300th anniversary from the
transfer of relics of St. Simeon from Merkushino village to the town of
Verkhoturye, and the 400th anniversary of the oldest St. Nicholas men's
monastery of Verkhoturye in Ural. The arrival of several hierarchs
and representatives of the federal and district authorities are expected
at the celebration. In those days the diocese is preparing to receive up to
7 thousand pilgrims.
The celebrations will include festive church services at St. Nicholas
monastery and at the St. Simeon's metochion of our abode in Merkushino
village; the consecration of the restored church in honor of
God's Archangel Michael in Merkushino where St. Simeon liked to pray.
|By the veneration Cross |
Crowning the entire celebration will be a solemn procession with the
relics of St. Simeon and blessed Kosma from Merkushino to Verkhoturye --
the very road taken 300 years ago.
At this point the preparation for the reception of pilgrims is taking
place on the way from Merkushino to Verkhoturye. There is more work to do
|In Kostylevo at the one of the stations of the cross procession
In Verkhoturye a campground is being designed from where the buses
with pilgrims will depart in the morning of August 11th to Merkushino.
Works are also going on at the veneration Cross where one of the stops of
the cross procession is to be made. Planting of greenery is being done in
Kostylevo. In Merkushino the territory by the church of Archangel
Michael is getting equipped with amenities. Almost finished is the
preparation for stationing of pilgrims and guests.
|At the pilgrims' housing it is clean and bright |
Sisters express their deep gratitude to everyone who came to our help and
participates in the preparation for the festivities. For some it is
financial help; others help with their labor, yet others - through their
prayers. May the Lord reward everyone who is laboring for the glory of His
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