The Week in Pictures: April 20 – 26, 2020

The period between the Lord’s Resurrection and St Thomas’ Sunday was marked in Romania by processions with holy relics and icons, praying for the cessation of the Covid-19 pandemic. Here is our selection of photographs from the Orthodox world between April 20 and 26, 2020.

The Chapel of the National Cathedral, usually too small to accommodate all the worshippers, has celebrated its patronal feast in isolation this year. Photo: Gabriel Drumea
The Church of the Great Martyrs Mercurius and Catherine from Rădășeni village in Suceava county, built in 1611, was included on the list of historical monuments in 2015. Photo: Constantin Andries
The Sihăstria monastic community in Neamț county carried icons and relics around the perimeter of their monastery praying for an end to the drought and the Covid-19 pandemic. Photo: Doxologia / Flavius Popa
St George’s icon and holy relics were carried in procession through the city of Bacău. Photo: Archdiocese of Roman and Bacău
The Fernleaf Peony (Paeonia tenuifolia) is starting to bloom in the Zau de Câmpie botanical reservation from Mureș county. Due to the pandemic restrictions, this year the rare flowers can only be admired online. Photo: Ciprian Cenan
For the first time in 73 years, the relics of St Philothea of Argeş were carried in procession to pray for an end to the pandemic. Photo: Archdiocese of Argeș and Muscel
The patronal feast of the St George Patriarchal Cathedral in Constantinople’s Phanar neighborhood. Photo: Ecumenical Patriarchate / Nikos Manginas
At the Patriarchal Cathedral in Bucharest, His Grace Bishop Varlaam of Ploiești celebrated Divine Liturgy and the blessing of the water for the feast of the Life-Giving Spring of the Most Holy Mother of God. Photo: / Raluca Ene
His Grace Assistant Bishop Polycarp of Belogradchik celebrated Divine Liturgy and the blessing of the water at the Church of the Nativity of Our Most Holy Lady the Mother of God – Belyova near Samokov, Bulgaria. Photo: Bulgarian Patriarchate
IThe Life-Giving Spring Icon of the Mother of God from the Supraski Monastery in Poland has miraculously gushed fragrant myrrh lately. Photo: Orthphoto
Faithful lay flowers on the road ahead of the procession with the wonderworking icon of the Mother of God from Nicula Monastery. Photo: Metropolis of Cluj / Darius Echim
Archbishop Casian distributed bottles of Holy Water to the medical staff from the Archdiocese of the Lower Danube. Photo: Archdiocese of the Lower Danube
A nun from the Saon Monastery in Tulcea county is ringing the bells to announce the beginning of the Divine Liturgy, celebrated in this period without the participation of the faithful. Photo: Diocese of Tulcea
Georgian priests blessing the cemeteries of Mtskheta-Tbilisi and Rustavi. Photo: The Georgian Patriarchate
Patriarch Theodoros of Alexandria unveiled the bust of Abbot Agathangelos at the “St George” Monastery from the old city center of Cairo. Photo: Ekkairo

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