Some 40,000 pilgrims travelled to the tiny Greek island of Tinos for the litany of the Holy Ikon of the Assumption of Mary on August 15.
GV Port of the island of Tines
GV Ship anchored
LV Merchant marine minister drops wreath into sea.
GV Sailors at attention.
GV PAN St. Mary's Church.
CV Line of guards holding back crowd.
SV Old woman being pacified by friends
SV Archbishop and clergy down steps PAN to Ikon being carried.
GV Crowds rush to sit in path of Ikon
SV Father holding young son
SV ZOOM to CU Mothers and children waiting
SV People touching passing Ikon.
SV Women and children on roadside.
SV Epileptic having fit.
SV People in crowds (3 shots)
GV Band following procession.
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Background: Some 40,000 pilgrims travelled to the tiny Greek island of Tinos for the litany of the Holy Ikon of the Assumption of Mary on August 15. Many were ill, and hoped to be cured. The Ikon, found 900' years ago, is believed to be endowed with miraculous healing powers. Throughout the journey in the narrow streets of the port of Tinos to the Church of St. Mary, old and sick people scrambled to touch the miraculous Ikon.
SYNOPSIS: On the Greek island of tines, part of the Aegean group ... the annual religious ceremonies to mark the Assumption of the Virgin Mary on the fifteenth of August.
St. Mary's Church on the tiny island is the destination of thousands of pilgrims every year. To this place is brought the Holy Ikon, a 900 year old Ikon believed to endowed with miraculous powers of healing.
Forty thousand pilgrims were on the island on Sunday. Many of them were ill, hoping to be cured. Desperate parents brought their children in a last attempt to find a cure for their illness. As the Ikon passed, the pilgrims tried to touch the sides to benefit from the healing powers.
Some people were overcome by the excitement, as this epileptic.
The Ikon came to light some 900 years ago after a woman dreamed of it. Ever since then, this ceremony has been repeated on this day.