Eastern Orthodox/the Great Entrance

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During the Great Entrance why do the faithful literally turn their bodies as they observe the procession of the celebrants?

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The practice of turning towards the Priest as he passes by in the Great Entrance is in imitation of the woman who was healed by turning towards Christ in the crowd so she could touch the hem of Christís robe (see Matt. 9:20-22). It is one of the many liturgical movements in Holy Orthodoxy that trace back to the Gospels and the actual life of Christ.

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