These arduous and long holy
mass-pilgrimages have been on-going for centuries. This particular
group of pilgrims from Kiev and Ukraine, is
only one of many other mass pilgrimages to the Pochaev Lavra. They, as
they pray along the way, day by day, all want to see and venerate the
miraculous icon of Our Lady, Mother of God, of Pochaev....which is seen
being carried in this procession. This is something not of our modern
progressive materialistic scientific and godless world culture, but
something from the past ages of true and sincere Orthodox religious
fervor and piety....which is still alive in simple and devoted Orthodox
Christian hearts. What clergy are leading them, is much less
important....the pilgrims would to Pochaev, even on their own, [ as
actually many do] regardless. It is their podvig, their spiritual soul- cleansing work for God.
such earthly pilgrimages are an image of our entire struggling sojourns
here, to reach that hoped for, Heavenly New Jerusalem, "The homeland of
our hearts' desiring".