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Does your parish have outdoor processions?
« on: June 16, 2018, 03:59:12 PM »
There are lots of processions indicated in the rubrics for major feasts including Theophany and Great Friday.  Typically, whenever one of these processions is called for, we just parade around the nave a few times.  I'm just curious if any of your parishes will have processions for special occasions in which you go out of doors, maybe around your neighborhoods or even on main streets to commemorate major and/or patronal feasts. 

My own parish is couched inside a residential neighborhood and I really doubt most people in the neighborhood know we're there or who we are (major evangelization fail on our part, IMHO) but it's isolated enough that should we do something like this, we wouldn't be blocking any major roads.  I don't know if the people of my parish would go along with this and I doubt my priest would, but I don't think it would hurt and maybe it would be a way (not necessarily a great way) just to let people in the neighborhood that we are here.
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Re: Does your parish have outdoor processions?
« Reply #1 on: June 16, 2018, 04:27:46 PM »
There is procession around our parish church or across our cemetary (that's the biggest Orthodox cemetary in Poland). It's done on Paschal Night (after the nocturn) and Paschal Vespers of Sunday afternoon, Paschal Monday (after Liturgy), Sundays of the period of Pascha (after Liturgy), Sunday of the All Saints (after Liturgy), night of the Great Friday/Great Saturday (with epitaphios, the end of the Matins), 1st November (Catholic All Saints feast that's very important in Poland). As our main parish feast falls on 4th Sunday of the Great Lent (st. John Climacus) we don't have procession then, but we have a big one on Antipascha Sunday that's our second parish feast.

At some other parishes in Poland, including Warsaw, there are also processions for Theophany, a feast of certain, local icon.

Foot pilgrimages (that are common here) are a type of procession too. Especially the ones that are only a few kilometres, so they're more big processions than real pilgrimages.
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Re: Does your parish have outdoor processions?
« Reply #2 on: June 16, 2018, 05:25:58 PM »
There are lots of processions indicated in the rubrics for major feasts including Theophany and Great Friday.  Typically, whenever one of these processions is called for, we just parade around the nave a few times.  I'm just curious if any of your parishes will have processions for special occasions in which you go out of doors, maybe around your neighborhoods or even on main streets to commemorate major and/or patronal feasts. 

My own parish is couched inside a residential neighborhood and I really doubt most people in the neighborhood know we're there or who we are (major evangelization fail on our part, IMHO) but it's isolated enough that should we do something like this, we wouldn't be blocking any major roads.  I don't know if the people of my parish would go along with this and I doubt my priest would, but I don't think it would hurt and maybe it would be a way (not necessarily a great way) just to let people in the neighborhood that we are here.
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Re: Does your parish have outdoor processions?
« Reply #3 on: June 16, 2018, 05:54:59 PM »
Oh, I've forgotten about eve of the Dormition  - there's also a procession. I wish we had processions for Sunday of Orthodoxy and Palm Sunday since the should be so colorful and we don't have any procession for these occassions even inside the church.
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Re: Does your parish have outdoor processions?
« Reply #4 on: June 16, 2018, 06:31:37 PM »
We have outdoor processions for the usual feasts and also bless the water outside for Epiphany & bless the Easter Baskets outside at Easter. 

However, for a procession in the neighbourhood a "parade" permit is required & I am not sure exactly what is involved for that and if parades in residential neighbourhoods for example are not permitted.  Usually parades are limited to major streets.

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Re: Does your parish have outdoor processions?
« Reply #5 on: June 16, 2018, 06:41:10 PM »
we process around the outside of our parish for most of these.....

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Re: Does your parish have outdoor processions?
« Reply #6 on: June 16, 2018, 08:32:49 PM »
My Antiochian parish has processions around its copious parking lot on Palm Sunday, Holy Saturday Matins with the epitaphios and the Pascha Rush Service.   There is a procession to the adjacent cemetery on Bright Monday for the Blessing of the Graves.

The former St. Thekla Convent in Glenville had a large pond with a dock which extended perpendicularly from the shoreline, so a procession was held on Theophany to the dock for the Blessing of the Waters...twice during falling snow.

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Re: Does your parish have outdoor processions?
« Reply #7 on: June 16, 2018, 09:03:41 PM »
Yes, but only in the church's yard. It's large and the way from it to the street is a very narrow staircase, so it'd be very impractical to actually get outside.

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Re: Does your parish have outdoor processions?
« Reply #8 on: June 16, 2018, 09:42:47 PM »
Only for Easter night. Even the Sunday of Orthodoxy one is inside and -- get this -- "for the kids".  ::)
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Re: Does your parish have outdoor processions?
« Reply #9 on: June 17, 2018, 05:22:07 AM »
Of the two dozen or so Orthodox churches where I live, about half are Greek. Most of them are on a block which includes one or more main roads. The Great Friday evening processions with the Epitaphios go around the block, with hundreds of people participating. Police are on duty to direct traffic. This has been so for several decades.

Another, Slavic, church had to relocate several years ago, to a new building as the old church had to make way for a major building project. The clergy and people held a procession along the main road on which the new church was located, chanting and singing. Clergy were vested, censers were swung, the people carried banners, icons, and other items to be used in the new church. Quite a sight.  :)
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Re: Does your parish have outdoor processions?
« Reply #10 on: June 17, 2018, 06:05:26 AM »
From Pascha until Ascension every Sunday but only on church grounds. Otherwise only on special occasions. For example when one of the churches was moved to another location the icons were carried into the new location in procession. Using subway btw. I would have loved to see faces on people witnessing that.
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Re: Does your parish have outdoor processions?
« Reply #11 on: June 17, 2018, 06:32:15 AM »
There are the regular kind of processions around the outside of the cathedral in Oulu on certain holidays, but last month as part of the congregation's 60th anniversary we processed to the town marketplace, where Met. Elia blessed the waters. If you look quickly, you may be still be able to see 3 photos of the event on the church's webpage:
http://www.oulunortodoksinenseurakunta.fi/
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Re: Does your parish have outdoor processions?
« Reply #12 on: June 17, 2018, 07:32:12 AM »
For example when one of the churches was moved to another location the icons were carried into the new location in procession. Using subway btw. I would have loved to see faces on people witnessing that.

Any pics, video?

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Re: Does your parish have outdoor processions?
« Reply #13 on: June 17, 2018, 09:29:54 AM »
Yes, a culdesac church with enough room to march around.

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Re: Does your parish have outdoor processions?
« Reply #14 on: June 17, 2018, 12:07:36 PM »
For example when one of the churches was moved to another location the icons were carried into the new location in procession. Using subway btw. I would have loved to see faces on people witnessing that.

Any pics, video?



There are a few pictures in this blog:

https://simeonjahanna.com/2015/03/01/mellunmaen-kappeli-helsingissa-sulki-ovensa-muutto-myllypuroon-alkoi/

The blog is obviously in Finnish but you could try to run it through Google translate. It makes fairly decent job in translating things into English at least. No idea on it's Polish skills.

For those curious about the buildings, neither the previous building or the present building are actual purpose-built church buildings. Not sure what they actually are but I'm guessing kind of a mall or a community center in which the chapel is located. There are no actual churches in that part of the city.
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Re: Does your parish have outdoor processions?
« Reply #15 on: June 17, 2018, 01:17:28 PM »
For example when one of the churches was moved to another location the icons were carried into the new location in procession. Using subway btw. I would have loved to see faces on people witnessing that.

Any pics, video?



There are a few pictures in this blog:

https://simeonjahanna.com/2015/03/01/mellunmaen-kappeli-helsingissa-sulki-ovensa-muutto-myllypuroon-alkoi/

The blog is obviously in Finnish but you could try to run it through Google translate. It makes fairly decent job in translating things into English at least. No idea on it's Polish skills.

For those curious about the buildings, neither the previous building or the present building are actual purpose-built church buildings. Not sure what they actually are but I'm guessing kind of a mall or a community center in which the chapel is located. There are no actual churches in that part of the city.

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Re: Does your parish have outdoor processions?
« Reply #16 on: June 17, 2018, 02:08:26 PM »
No idea of the Polish but the English seems perfectly understandable. Grammar is IMO irrelevant if it gets the message through.
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Re: Does your parish have outdoor processions?
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Re: Does your parish have outdoor processions?
« Reply #18 on: June 18, 2018, 10:27:22 PM »
There are the regular kind of processions around the outside of the cathedral in Oulu on certain holidays, but last month as part of the congregation's 60th anniversary we processed to the town marketplace, where Met. Elia blessed the waters. If you look quickly, you may be still be able to see 3 photos of the event on the church's webpage:
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Re: Does your parish have outdoor processions?
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« Reply #20 on: June 19, 2018, 10:48:04 AM »
There are the regular kind of processions around the outside of the cathedral in Oulu on certain holidays, but last month as part of the congregation's 60th anniversary we processed to the town marketplace, where Met. Elia blessed the waters. If you look quickly, you may be still be able to see 3 photos of the event on the church's webpage:
http://www.oulunortodoksinenseurakunta.fi/
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Re: Does your parish have outdoor processions?
« Reply #21 on: July 05, 2018, 07:25:57 AM »
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Re: Does your parish have outdoor processions?
« Reply #22 on: July 07, 2018, 12:09:04 AM »
We usually process around the block if the weather cooperates.
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Re: Does your parish have outdoor processions?
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Yes, we have processions outside the Church and in neighboring areas.
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Re: Does your parish have outdoor processions?
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