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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Bethlehem

Bethlehem

Regardless of the time of year one visits, it is always Christmas in Bethlehem. For westerners like myself, approaching the little town of Bethlehem involves a return to one’s childhood, to Christmas carols and Nativity sets, to a lost time of wonder and innocence. In my memory of Christmases past,...

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The Holy Sepulcher

The Holy Sepulcher

The Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem encompasses the two most sacred spots in the world for Christians–the site of the Crucifixion and that of the Burial and Resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ. In this video, viewers can learn the history of that Church and see these holy...

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Jerusalem: the Church of the Holy Sepulchre

Jerusalem: the Church of the Holy Sepulchre

One day several years ago, before my own trip to the Holy Land, I asked a parishioner who had been there how he had liked the Church of the Holy Sepulchre during his visit to Jerusalem. “Grand,” he replied. “Confusing, but grand.” Having been there myself, I now quite understand...

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Walking in the Footsteps of Christ

Walking in the Footsteps of Christ

Fr. Chris Metropulos will depart on a pilgrimage to the Holy Land in early March. To learn more about the people and places he’ll visit, this week we listen to Ginny Nieuwsma interview Maria Khoury about her books and her life in Palestine walking in the footsteps of Christ.

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The Sea of Galilee

The Sea of Galilee

Join us as we prepare for a pilgrimage to the Holy Land, March 5-14, 2014. Here, we learn about the Sea of Galilee, the largest freshwater lake in Israel as well as the setting of many of the miracles of the New Testament. Watch the video to learn more about the...

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The Jordan River

The Jordan River

The Jordan River does not just flow through the length of Palestine. It also flows through the length of the Christian Church. The Orthodox especially love the Jordan, since all our baptisms take place in it: when the priest prays for the water in which the candidate is to be...

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