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Kursk Root Icon Procession
Pascha Procession
The Sacrament of Marriage
Dedication Procession
Entry with the Gospel
The Great Entrance
Post-Baptismal Procession
Orthodox Funeral Procession

Pascha Procession: We go to church in the middle of the night, just before midnight. Everything is dark. We leave the church and go round it in a procession carrying icons and holding candles. We sing very quietly: "The angels in heaven O Christ our Savior sing of your resurrection. Enable us on earth to glorify you in purity of heart". This procession reminds us of the women going to the tomb of Christ to anoint his body with myrrh and spices. They found the tomb empty and angels telling them that Christ had risen from the dead. When we come back to the church we hear a loud shout "Christ is Risen!". Everything is brightly lit, the bells are ringing, and everyone keeps shouting "Christ is Risen! He is Risen Indeed

The Sacrament of Marriage: Marriage as a human institution exists in all major civilizations since the dawn of time. The Mystery of Holy Matrimony draws its sacred foundation from the creation of the first man and woman, whom God made in His own Image and Likeness and told to be fruitful and multiply (See Gen. 1:26-28). In Orthodox tradition, marriage and monasticism goes hand in hand, and are both considered holy in its calling in the service of God and His People. The wedding ceremony is composed of the Betrothal, during which the rings are exchanged and the Crowning, during which lengthy prayers are offered for the couple, the wedding crowns are exchanged, the common cup is shared and the Dance of Isaiah is taken place around the analogio (small table for the ceremonial service).

Entry with the Gospel: This entry represents the ancient practice when the priest took the Gospel by the light of torches from the crypt, an underground safeguard to protect the Gospel from destruction by the pagans, bringing it up to the Church. The priest lifts up the Gospel and exclaims: "Wisdom," which means Christ, and calls the people to worship and bow down to Christ. Trisagion: A short prayer praising the Holiness of God.

Cherubic Hymn and Entry with the Holy Gifts: This is a procession with the yet unsanctified Species taken from the table of Preparation and brought to the Altar during which the Cherubic hymn is sung: "Let us put away all worldly care so that we may receive the King of all." (An addition made in the 9th century) The Evangelion is always on the Altar. In order that the church may preserve all these historic and symbolic meanings the procession still takes place, from the Sanctuary, outside the Sanctuary and back into the Sanctuary. This procession is known as the "LITTLE ENTRANCE". The Little Entrance symbolizes our Lord's coming to the Earth, and being amongst His people, to whom He preached the message of salvation. The GREAT ENTRANCE is the title given to the second procession commencing from the Sanctuary, to distinguish it from the Little Entrance, during which the Priest brought out the Golden Book of the Gospels before the people, signifying in this manner the coming of our Lord to this Earth, ministering and teaching the people the new life. The Great Entrance - a solemn procession carrying the Gifts of bread and wine to the altar, representing the offering of our lives to God


Dedication Procession: The Kursk Root Fountain was dedicated into use in the summer of 2003. It is located just outside the front gates of the monastery. There was a dedecatication service with over 1000 people around the statue that is about the finding of the Kursk Root Icon and the Holy Spring water it gave to us in 1295.

Post-Baptismal Procession: A circular procession around the baptismal fount, is to be viewed as a "passover" from "this world" into the Kingdom of God. It is a procession toward the day without evening of God's eternity"

Orthodox Funeral Procession: Usually takes place after the funeral and many times in Russia the procession is walked to the Church Cemetery next to the church but in America most are with cars until the cementery. The Orthodox Church has many traditions—many of them surrounding funeral services.

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Every year on Friday of the ninth week after Pascha, the icon of the Sign was solemnly borne in procession from the Kursk Cathedral of the Sign to the place of its original manifestation at the Kursk Hermitage, where it remained until September 12. On September 13, it was again solemnly returned to the city of Kursk. This procession was instituted in the year 1618 in memory of the transfer of the icon from Moscow to Kursk and to commemorate its original appearance.

The first new procession in Korennaya Pustyn took place in June 15, 1990. Since then the eparchy organizes processions regularly twice a year. In 2005 over 30,000 thousands of pilgrims attended the Kursk Root Icon Procession.


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