Friends I am a great one for Saints and for relics, I love to venerate relics, icons and pray to and learn about the Saints. I am very interested in the processions where the full body of the Saint is processed and venerated. For example St. Gerasimos in Kefalonia & St. Dionysious in Zakynthos (just to name two from the Greek islands) are carried around the town on their Saints days and I am moved very much by seeings these. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uisr1nFxZoI
Here is an example of one of these beautiful ceremonies. I love how the sick (of mind and body, spirit etc.) lie down so that the Saint can be carried over them to bless and intercede for them and their intentions. I am so moved by these processions and ceremonies/
I was wondering if somebody might be able to provide me information/ a list of Saints that are processed like this, I only know of/have seen Greeks do this but I know that is not the case. I am especially interested to know if anyone can tell me of any female Nun Saints who are processed in this way. I know there are thousands of relics in Churches all over the Orthodox world, which are often taken in processions but I am refering to the body of a Saint in this case.
I am RC and "we" don't tend to have this custom, I personally think it is beautiful and so moving and being such a lover of the Saints- the relics are just so special and seeing the Saint through the glass as they s processed through the Church/town to me is beautiful. I have venerated Saints before but I would love to be present at one of these ceremonies one day and was wondering if anyone knew or could tell me about any Saints they know this is the case for...as I say especially interested to know of any female Saints that are processed like this.
I am really hoping to go to Greece (and Russia and other Orthodox countries) to see and share in these beautiful traditions....living in England we miss out on these things!