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Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Scenes from the Liturgy of the Pre-Sanctified Gifts

Moscow's Christ the Savior Cathedral Feb 29th 2012 (NS)


Ben said...

What are the 2 deacons carrying on their shoulders during the censing? I've never seen that before.

John (Ad Orientem) said...

I think the boxes are called Zions. I am not sure if they are reliquaries or they have some other use. I have never seen them used outside of the Russian Orthodox Church and then only during certain Lenten services usually with the Patriarch in attendance.