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  • Bill Samsonoff
    http://www.interfax-religion.com/?act=news&div=4503 07 April 2008, 18:17 Nazareth celebrates Annunciation with a crowded procession with cross to the strains
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      07 April 2008, 18:17
      Nazareth celebrates Annunciation with a crowded
      procession with cross to the strains of Scottish bagpipe and Soviet tunes

      Nazareth, April 7, Interfax – The Annunciation
      was celebrated in Archangel Gabriel’s Church,
      which is the only Orthodox church in the Israeli
      city of Nazareth. Arabian scouts participated in
      the divine service celebrated in four languages
      and in the procession with cross.

      The Interfax-Religion correspondent reported that
      celebrations culminated in a bright and unusual
      procession with cross along the neighboring
      streets. About 200 scouts headed the procession
      and played Scottish bagpipes. Clergymen with
      Patriarch Theophilos of Jerusalem followed them.

      From 1917 to 1948 Palestine was the Great
      Britain’s mandate and it influenced not only its
      architecture. For instance, the British introduced the scout movement here.

      It is also notable that scouts played Soviet
      tunes among others, for instance, a famous Red
      Army song Polushko-Pole. The local guide
      explained Interfax that “it is a result of
      Communist influence actively promoted in 1950-s among local Arab population.”

      Before the procession with cross, Patriarch
      Theophilos celebrated the Divine Liturgy in the
      church. The service was celebrated in four
      languages: the Russian, the Arab, the Greek, and
      the Romanian and was attended by several
      thousands of believers including local residents
      and pilgrims from Russia, Ukraine, Byelorussia,
      Serbia, Romania and other countries. The
      delegation of St. Andrew Foundation made a significant part of them.

      The main shrine of church is its spring.
      According to local tradition, it was here that
      Archangel Gabriel came to the Holy Virgin and
      announced the Nativity of the Savior.
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