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Archive 14 - April-June 2003


Plate 22: 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.