The Pilgrimage Begins

The Pilgrimage Begins

The Orthodox Christian Network pilgrims arrived safely in Tel Aviv yesterday afternoon – – a group of 50 attendees of a wide range of ages and backgrounds.  Led by Father Chris (Ft. Lauderdale and Executive Director of the OCN) and Father Steve (Washington, DC) – – and the group is evenly split...

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Ambling: Reflections of a First-Time Pilgrim

Ambling: Reflections of a First-Time Pilgrim

Apprehension was one of the primary feelings that filled me as I traveled from Boston to Newark, where I would join nearly 50 other OCN pilgrims traveling to the Holy Land. It surprised me and, frankly, unsettled me. Why should I feel apprehensive? Three reasons, perhaps: 1) at home, all...

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A Visit to the Jordan River

A Visit to the Jordan River

In this video, viewers can learn more about the Jordan River, the life-blood of the Holy Land, and the site of Our Lord’s Baptism.

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An Iconographer Travels to the Holy Land

An Iconographer Travels to the Holy Land

Iconographer and artist Brian Whirledge shares about his pilgrimage to the Holy Land and its lasting impact on his spiritual journey.

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The Tomb of Lazarus

The Tomb of Lazarus

It is easy to find the Tomb of Lazarus depressing. For one thing, it lies behind a formidable thirty-foot-high barrier, separating Palestinian Bethany from Israeli Jerusalem. Until recently, Bethany was an easy one-and-a-half-mile direct walk from Jerusalem, so that after our Lord left Bethany to enter Jerusalem in triumph and...

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Nazareth

Nazareth

The worst thing, I thought, was the traffic. That and a sign we passed in our taxi announcing “Nazareth Baptist Church,” for these things loudly proclaimed that we were in a modern city, which like any modern city of my acquaintance had traffic jams and Baptist churches. Intellectually, of course,...

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The Chapel of the Ascension: the Roof and the Ruins

The Chapel of the Ascension: the Roof and the Ruins

The worst thing was the roof; the best things were the ruins. These were my thoughts as I stood at the Chapel of the Ascension on the summit of the Mount of Olives. This has been a site of Christian meeting for centuries, the place where they gathered to commemorate...

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Capernaum

Capernaum

There is not much left of Capernaum now. Its original Hebrew name was “kefr-nahum”, the “village of Nahum”, after a man who was doubtless the first settler on the site. In our Lord’s day this was a bustling fishing down, numbering several thousand people, a trade station with a road...

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The Church of the Nativity

The Church of the Nativity

In this video, viewers can learn more about the history of the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem and see the inside of this historic Basilica.

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Your Copy of The Pilgrimage Book

Your Copy of The Pilgrimage Book

On March 5, the OCN Pilgrimage will begin in the Holy Land. Each person who is going on this journey has received a book created especially for the Pilgrimage. It contains pictures and information about each site they will visit, as well as the Bible stories, prayers, and hymns appropriate...

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