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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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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