KATHLEEN LARAIA MC LAUGHLIN
Processional for the Dormition of Mary, Moisei, Romania, 2000
On August 15th, a pilgrimage to the Moisei monastery marks the day Mother Mary fell into eternal sleep. Unmarried girls are the focus of attention, as they represent Mary in our midst. Two days of chanting and singing, circling and praying, candlelight and monks' robes leaves no mystery as to why a quarter of a village's girls will bear the name of Maria.