Holy People and Holy Places 

Holy People and Holy Places 

  Have you ever been on a pilgrimage?  Have you traveled to a holy place with the purpose of venerating it, or in order visit historical or sacred sites?  Fr. Ilya Gotlinsky speaks with Bryce Buffenbarger on the value and blessings of taking pilgrimages.  There is a spiritual renewal that...

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5,000 People Celebrate St. Panteleimon’s Feast on a Small Greek Island

5,000 People Celebrate St. Panteleimon’s Feast on a Small Greek Island

Editor’s note: Here is another report and some photographs from our correspondent in Elounda, a small village on the island of Crete. Kalimera and Chrona polla on this Feast Day of the Great Martyr and Healer Panteleimon.Our church of Saint Panteleimon is on the island of Spinalonga, in the bay...

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Imagining the Holy

Imagining the Holy

I grew up in a Lutheran Church in Wisconsin, hearing the stories of the Bible every Sunday just as I still do now as an Orthodox Christian. And my imagination filled in the details of the tales proclaimed from that pulpit. As I heard about Jesus and the places he...

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Leaving Christ’s Tomb and the Holy Land, and Becoming Guardians of the Tomb

Leaving Christ’s Tomb and the Holy Land, and Becoming Guardians of the Tomb

This past Friday (March 14, 2014), our group of 50 OCN pilgrims departed from the Holy Land and returned to our homes in the United States. I had the opportunity to interview many of the pilgrims and ask them their reflections from the trip. Their insights are reflected below, together...

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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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