Thursday, August 22, 2013

More Than 50,000 Christians Ascend the "Holy Mountain" of Poland

Emilios Polygeni
August 22, 2013

The feast of the Transfiguration was celebrated with great pomp, according to the Old Calendar (Aug. 6/19), on Mount Grabarka which is known as the Holy Mountain of Poland.

Thousands of pilgrims from different parts of the world arrived at Mount Grabarka, in order to honor this years celebration, which is centered around the homonymous Sacred Monastery which has about thirty nuns.

The Festal Divine Liturgy was officiated by Metropolitan Savvas of Warsaw and All Poland, surrounded by Hierarchs of the Polish Church.

It should be noted that the feast of the Sacred Monastery of Grabarka is a Pan-Polish shrine, which brings thousands of people each year, who go to the site with every available means of transportation.

Indeed, hundreds of faithful come as pedestrians, walking for many days and covering up to 150 km on foot and sleeping at night out in the open.

Also, an old custom is to carry and install a wooden cross, so that one can see a forest of crosses of all sizes.

Translated by John Sanidopoulos.

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