Pilgrimage to The Holy Lands
2018 EPIPHANY PILGRIMAGE TO THE HOLY LANDS
It is with great joy and love in our Lord Jesus that Fr. Timothy, along with Fr. John Kalomas from the St. Andrew Church (Chicago), will again be leading an Eleven Day Pilgrimage from January 15th through 25th, 2018. This pilgrimage will exclusively include the Holy Lands in Jerusalem, Israel, and Palestine. Among the many places/sites to be visited include the Church and Tomb of St. George in Lydda, the Holy Sepulcher where we will see the Holy Calvary, Holy Tomb, Chapel of Mary Magdalene, Temporary Prison of Christ, Saint Loginos, Finding of the Cross, Column of the Thorns, and the Chapel of Adam. We then will walk to the Patriarchate to meet His Beatitude Patriarch of Jerualem, Theophilos III, follow Jesus’ footsteps on “Via Dolorosa” the Way of the Cross, Pretorium, Lithostrotos, the House of Nicodemos, the Prison of Saint Peter, the birthplace of Theotokos and the House of Saint Ann. Continue to the Tomb of Most Holy Mother of God in Gethsemane. We will visit Saint Stephanos, the Garden of Gethsemane and the Last Prayer.
We also will visit the Jordan River where we will enter the Holy Site of the Original Baptismal Site of Jesus Christ in the borders of Israel-Jordan. We will celebrate the Feast of the Epiphany at Jordan River with His Beatitude the Patriarch of Jerusalem, Theophilos III, who will bless the water. We then visit St. Gerasimos, Mt. of Temptation in Jericho and the Dead Sea.
The following morning we will attend the Patriarchal Celebration of the Feast of the Epiphany in the Holy Sepulcher. After the Divine Liturgy, we will visit Mount Zion, the Last Supper & Upper Room, King David’s Tomb, the Wailing Wall and the House & Tomb of Saint Simeon the Righteous in Katamonas. We then will visit the Monastery of the Holy Cross and the House of Saint John the Baptist in Oreini.
In addition, we will visit the Mount of Olives for a panorama view of the Jerusalem, visit the Church of the Ascension, and small Galilea Saint Thedosius, Shepherds Field, Monastery of Saint Sabbas. We then return to Bethlehem to visit the Church of the Nativity, the Holy Cave and the Manger of Christ, and the tombs of the infants killed by King Herod.
We then will depart for Tiberias, stopping first to visit the Tomb of Lazarus in Bethany and the Monastery of Martha & Maria. We continue through the Jordan Valley to Tiberias where we will spend the night. The next morning we will cross the Sea of Galilee by boat to Capernaum. Here we will visit the ruins of the city where Jesus started His ministry, and see the site of the Synagogue where He was teaching. We proceed to Tabgha, site of the Multiplication of Five Loaves and Two Fishes. From here, we will then drive to Mount of Beatitudes, overlooking the Sea of Galilee and visit the Monastery of the twelve Apostoles in Capernaum. We then return to our hotel in Tiberias for dinner and overnight. The next morning, we again visit Jordan River for our baptism (becoming a hatzi - a true pilgrim).
2013 Pilgrimage to Constantinople and The Holy Lands
With the grace of God, a total of thirty four Orthodox Christians, along with three priests, went on the 2013 Pilgrimage to Constantinople and the Holy Lands. Fr. Timothy Bakakos and Fr. John Kalomas served as the tour leaders, accompanied also by Fr. Athanasios Pieri. It was truly a moving and inspirational trip, visiting our Holy Patriarch and other religious sites in Constantinople Turkey, and also the Holy Lands in Israel, with a special visit to the Patriarchate in Jerusalem. Below you will find a sample of pictures capturing the trip. (These pictures are also available at our 2013 Pilgrimage to Constantinople and The Holy Lands Photo Album on Yahoo's Flickr web album site.)
Metropolitan Stefanos with Frs. Timothy, John, and Athanasios at our Holy Patriarchate in Constantinople..
Group Picture at the Patriarchate..
Fr. Aristovoulos (our tour guide) giving an explanation about St. George at his tomb..
Frs. Timothy, John, and Athanasios at St. Savas' Monastery..
Entering the manger (birthplace) of Jesus in Bethlehem..
Some of our group being re-baptized in the River Jordan..
Inside the Tomb of Christ at the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem..
Fr. Aristovoulos giving an explanation while we are aboard the "Jesus Boat" on the Sea of Galilee..
Scene where the 'Sermon on the Mount' took place..
Group Picture at the Church of the Holy Apostles in Capernaoum..
Clergy picture during an audience with Patriarch Theophilos, Patriarch of Jerusalem..
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