Photo of the Day for October 29, 2012

Procession, Feast of the Dormition, Rubjel’ 2012.  Хросны ход, сьвяток Усьпеньня, Рубель 2012 год.

Towards the end of the feast-day liturgy the priests lead a procession three times around the church.  In the Orthodox tradition processions move counter-clockwise (in the Roman Catholic tradition clockwise).  During the third circuit the procession stops four times — symbolizing the main points of the cross — for readings from the Gospels and sprinkling of holy water.  After reading from the Gospel the priest touches the heads of parishioners with the Bible.

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