Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Holy Dormition Pilgrimage - Sloatsburg, NY

The 55th Holy Dormition Pilgrimage hosted by the Sisters Servants of Mary Immaculate was held on August 8 & 9th, 2009. Share a comment about the Pilgrimage with us by clicking the "Comment" link at the bottom of this post.





Three Videos are below from the Pilgrimage, followed by an Article and Photos.




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The 55th Annual Holy Dormition Pilgrimage.



Two thousand people attended the 55th Annual Holy Dormition Pilgrimage which was held on the property of Sloatsburg on the weekend of August 8th and 9th. This year’s theme “Behold, Your Mother: Evangelization under the Patronage of the Mother of God” was certainly evident throughout the weekend. As sisters, clergy, volunteers and pilgrims shared their faith through prayers, work, and the joy that was evident in every face, the love and presence of God was evident and tangible. From the very old to the very young, participants were Icons of Jesus to one another.



The sisters and pilgrims were blessed by the presence of Archbishop Stefan Soroka, Metropolitan for the Ukrainian Catholics in the U.S., Bishops Paul Chomnycky, OSBM, Eparch of Stamford, William Skurla, Eparch of Passaic, John Bura, Apostolic Administrator of the Eparchy of St. Josaphat in Parma, and Basil Losten, Bishop-Emeritus of Stamford, Rev. Philip Sandrick, OSBM, Provincial Superior of the Basilian Fathers in the U.S. and many other priests and deacons of the Ukrainian and Byzantine Churches, seminarians, and religious men and women, who participated in and assisted with the liturgical services on the weekend.



The campout was a wonderful experience for 12 teens and young adults who played, prayed and had the opportunity to think about God’s wondrous creation of the stars and universe, through the facilitation of an amateur astronomer, who shared his knowledge and telescope with them. They spent the night sharing their faith with one another and learning more about the beauty of creation.



Through Molebens, Vespers, the service of lamentations to the Blessed Mother, through Matins, the Akafist, Stations of the Cross, the blessing of the Sick, of the flowers, of the religious articles; through the Divine Liturgy and the Sacraments of Confession and private devotions and prayers; by spending time with one another and sharing meals, the love of Christ and the special blessings of the Church were experienced by all who participated. The gifts of the graces received during the Holy Dormition Pilgrimage were taken home by each participant to be shared with family and friends throughout the coming year.



As they celebrate the double jubilee of the 75 years of Ministry in the United States and 50 years of the establishment of the American Province of the Immaculate Conception, the Sisters Servants of Mary Immaculate wish to extend their heartfelt thanks to all who have supported and helped them with the annual Pilgrimage and assure you that you are remembered in their daily prayers. May God bless you richly.






























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Pictures and article above were submitted by the Sisters Servants of Mary Immaculate.




Video by: "The Way"

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