The Department of Evangelization of the Orthodox Church in America, together with Archbishop Michael (Dahulich) and the Diocese of New York and New Jersey announce a first annual Pilgrimage—this year to the Holy Land, beginning in Nazareth and ending in Jerusalem, with an optional additional trip to Petra in Jordan, June 4-17, 2017. The pilgrimage begins on the Monday of Pentecost, in Israel.
The itinerary includes the following cities and major sites:
Capernaum, Nazareth, Bethlehem, Mar Sabba, Jerusalem (Church of the Holy Sepulchre, Garden of Gethsemane, Mt Zion), and Petra (in Jordan).
“It is my joy to be able to lead this inaugural pilgrimage to the Holy Land. As an Archbishop and as a Professor of New Testament at St Tikhon’s, I cannot overstate the value of the living connection between the Scriptures and the Holy Sites where our Lord took flesh, grew up, was tempted; where he taught, where he healed; where he was crucified and where he arose from the dead. We will walk on those paths, we will stand in those hallowed sites, we will sit in those holy places, we will pray where he prayed, as we trace the Lord’s ministry in the Holy Land,”
said His Eminence, Archbishop Michael.
“My experience in the Holy Land,” added Priest John Parker, Chair of the Department of Evangelization, “indeed brought the Scriptures to life. For my whole life I had read about the Sea of Galillee, but to sail on it puts it in perspective. How many times did I play the role of the inn-keeper in the Nativity Play as a child? But touching the very cave where Jesus was born brings his Holy Nativity into a whole new focus. And indescribable is the opportunity to kneel at the very tomb of our Lord Jesus Christ (still empty!) and to pray for my family, my parish, and the salvation of the world. These are some of the gifts of a pilgrimage of this nature.”
In addition to the “usual” sites that one would expect on such a pilgrimage, we will also have the opportunity to visit significant archeological sites, not to mention Petra, an ancient city that is literally carved into rock cliffs.
The Pilgrimage will offer a remarkable opportunity for us to get back to our roots, and to make life-changing connections between the words of our Faith, and the Living Word, Jesus Christ.
Invite a friend! Come and see!
Space is limited, and offered on a first-come, first-served basis. The pilgrimage is organized by Diocesan Archpriest Ilya Gotlinsky. For more information and/or to reserve your spot, please visit here.