Entering the Tomb of Christ

Entering the Tomb of Christ

As we near the end of the OCN pilgrimage to the Holy Land, I would like to share a collection of thoughts and pictures from our visit to the Holy Sepulcher. I spoke with several of my fellow pilgrims about this experience, and their thoughts are included here. One of...

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Meeting the Patriarch of Jerusalem

Meeting the Patriarch of Jerusalem

As the OCN pilgrims near the end of their journey, they are making the most of their last days in the Holy Land. The picture above shows them as they are received in a private audience with His Beatitude Theophilus, The Patriarch of Jerusalem.

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Ascension, Gethsemane, Mary’s Tomb, and John’s House

Ascension, Gethsemane, Mary’s Tomb, and John’s House

My post today includes thoughts from fellow pilgrims, including Fr. Chris, Maria, George, and Georgia, which they shared with me as we visited these holy sites. 1. Church of the Ascension. We went to the Church of the Ascension, and we had the opportunity to visit with the monk, Achilles,...

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Ambling: God’s Incense

Ambling: God’s Incense

As we step out of our bus onto the mount where Jesus preached one of His most beloved sermons, the Sea of Galilee stuns my senses, its surrounding hills filled with: hymns of wildflowers, gentle breezes pawing the sea, pilgrims’ songs of praise, the feel of the ancient stones beneath...

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Interview with Theodore and Anna in Bethlehem

Interview with Theodore and Anna in Bethlehem

During the OCN Pilgrimage visit to the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem, Charles Lelon, Vice Chair of the OCN Board of Directors, speaks with Theodore Pritsis from Winston Salem,  North Carolina, and Anna Koulouis from Syracuse, New York. Theodore and Anna have left home to serve the patriarch of Jerusalem.

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Visiting Jacob’s Well

Visiting Jacob’s Well

This morning, we visited Jacob’s well in Palestinian territory. This is the well where Christ talked to the Samaritan woman who became Saint Photini.  We saw Jacob’s well and the vase that Saint Photini used to carry water.  The original well is still functioning, and Saint Photini’s relics are still...

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An Interview at the Church of the Nativity

An Interview at the Church of the Nativity

The following is an excerpt of an interview conducted by Charles Lelon at the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem. His guests are Theodore Pritsis from Winston Salem,  North Carolina, and Anna Koulouis from Syracuse, New York. Theodore and Anna have left home to serve the patriarch of Jerusalem. Chuck Lelon: I...

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Night at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre

Night at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre

Last night, our group left around midnight to visit the Holy Sepulcher for the Divine Liturgy. The walled city was empty, the maze of pathways, dark and narrow, are normally full of people of all faiths, criss-crossing each way, during the day. We walked along the slick marble and imperfect...

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Cana, Nazareth, and Mount Tabor

Cana, Nazareth, and Mount Tabor

Before Leaving Today’s journey began with the Church of the Holy Apostles in Capernaum, just steps from the Sea of Galilee. This church commemorates the place where the resurrected Christ asked Peter “Do you love me?” three times, and then told Peter to care for His followers. We heard an...

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Day 2: Living Words

Day 2: Living Words

Today, Friday, is coming to a close, and if I had to sum up remarks from the group, it was about bringing the words of the Bible to life. We visited Capernaum and walked into the temple where Christ preached, walked, and performed miracles. We noted the milestone markers that date...

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