Bulgaria: Citywide cross procession marks Family Day in Varna

November 2014

Residents of the Bulgarian port city of Varna have celebrated Christian Family Day with a procession of the cross, carrying copies of two wonder-working icons: “The Queen of All” (“Pantanassa”) Icon of the Mother of God from the Vatopedi Monastery on Holy Mount Athos and the Moldovan Icon of Holy Great Martyr George the Victory-Bearer from the Bulgarian Athonite Zograf Monastery,1 reports Pravoslavie.bg.

The procession of the cross proceeded through Maria Luiza Avenue and Slivnitsa Avenue and stopped at the entrance to the famous Sea Garden (Morska Gradina) public park, where Metropolitan John of Varna and Veliki Preslav performed a prayer service for health and prosperity.

“It makes us happy that the Bulgarian Orthodox Church and the city council of Varna once again managed to combine their efforts for the better future of our young people, Bulgarian families, upon whom our nation depends,” said His Eminence Metropolitan John in his address.

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