(and I thought we traveled far for Liturgy...)
Pyatigorsk, September 5, Interfax - Group of believers headed by Hieromonk Igor (Vasilyev) climbed the eastern top of the Elbrus Mount to celebrate the Divine Liturgy.
"All participants in the ascent are different people, but they all were united by one desire to celebrate the Divine Liturgy in Elbrus where the nature itself tells us about the grandeur of creation, good wish to pray for prosperity of everyone who live here and guests of this wonderful district," the Pyatigorsk Diocese reports at its website.
Two members of the group are actively involved in alpinism and one of the participants, muscovite Yekaterina Glybovskaya lost her brother priest in Elbrus last year.
Acclimatization took the delegation ten days, then the ascent started, everyone carried 20 kilograms: equipment, food and all needed to celebrate a Liturgy. The participants observed fast at the last stage of the ascent from the camp to the top.
The group spent over six hours on the eastern top.