Though somewhat late, this post is an addendum to that of our patronal feast of Saints Peter and Paul on June 29th.
On a church’s patronal feast it is customary to have a procession around the church. Thus on our patronal feast of Sts Peter and Paul on June 29th, we processed around the church bearing not just the usual cross, candles, and banners, but the relics and icon of the Princes of the Apotles. On the patronal feast of a church the procession stops at each of the four sides of the church–there a Gospel reading is proclaimed and the wall of the church and the people are sprinkled with holy water.
This year the icon of Saints Peter and Paul and their relics were carried by hieromonks visiting from nearby Holy Transfiguration Monastery, and the icon of Saint Peter was carried by Brother Gregory, visiting from the Dominican Priory in Oakland, CA.
Here are some photos of the procession.