The Preliminary Schedule of the Holy Land Pilgrimage Led by Bishop Nicholas of Manhattan, Vice Secretary of the Synod of Bishops
With the blessing of the Synod of Bishops of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside of Russia, a pilgrimage will be made to the Holy Land in the waning days of Pascha and the feast of the Ascension of the Lord, May 11-22, 2015. In addition to participation in divine services at the Life-Bearing Sepulcher of the Lord and the site of His Nativity, the pilgrimage schedule will include visits to holy sites in Jerusalem, Palestine, Galilee, the monasteries of the Russian Ecclesiastical Mission in Jerusalem and other places. The cost is $2,750, which includes airfare from and to NYC, room, board, transportation and expenses.
For further information, contact Protopriest Serafim Gan at: email@example.com
Tuesday, May 12: The Church of the Nativity of Christ. Beit Sahur: the Shepherd’s Field.
Judean Wilderness: St Saba the Consecrated Lavra (pending availability). Monastery of St Theodosius the Great.
Hebron: The podvorie of the Russian Ecclesiastical Mission, the Oak of Mambre.
Wednesday, May 13: Jerusalem: Visit to the Russian Ecclesiastical Mission in Jerusalem (moleben of thanksgiving).
Visit to the Patriarchate of Jerusalem: reception hosted by His Holiness Patriarch Theophilos III.
Site of the Nativity of the Most-Holy Mother of God. The Pool of Bethesda. The Via Doloroso. The Sepulcher of the Lord.
Zion: the site of the Last Supper.
Thursday, May 14:
Bathany: The Tome of St Lazarus of the Four Days. Visit to Orthodox Bethany School for Girls.
Jordan River: The site of the Baptism of the Lord. Jericho: St Elijah Monastery, the Tree of Zacchaeus.
The Mountain of Forty Days. The podvorie of the St John the Forerunner Podvorie of the Russian Ecclesiastical Mission in Jericho. The Monastery of St Gerasimos of Jordan.
Friday, May 15:
Divine Liturgy at the Church of the Nativity of Christ. Judean Wilderness: Monastery of St George of Coziba. Jerusalem: Monastery of St Simeon the God-Receiver of Katamon. The Monastery of the Holy Cross. Free time in Jerusalem.
Saturday, May 16:
Mt of Olives: Eleon Russian Orthodox Convent. The site of the Ascension of the Lord. Panorama of Jerusalem.
Gethsemane: the Tomb of the Mother of God. Gethsemane Garden. Russian Gethsemane Convent and the Church of St Mary Magdalene, Equal-to-the-Apostles.
Night-time Liturgy at the Sepulcher of the Lord.
Sunday, May 17:
Jaffa: the podvorie of the Russian Ecclesiastical Mission in Jerusalem at the Tom of St Tabitha; the Church of Holy Apostle Peter.
Lydda: the Church and Tomb of St George the Victory-Bearer.
Monday, May 18:
Galilee: Mount Tabor. Nazareth. Cana of Galilee. St Mary Magdalene podvorie of the Russian Ecclesiastical Mission in Magdala.
Tuesday, May 19:
Tabgha: the Mount of Beatitudes (site of the Multiplication of Loaves). Capernaum. Haifa: St Elias podvorie of the Russian Ecclesiastical Mission. Stella Maris Monastery: the Cave of St Elias.
May 20: 2015, the Apodosis of Pascha:
Divine Liturgy in Gethsemane Convent.
The Judean Wilderness: Skete of St Chariton the Confessor.
All-night vigil at the Mt of Olives Convent.
Thursday, May 21, the Ascension of the Lord:
Liturgy at Mt of Olives Convent. The site of the Ascension of the Lord.
Nablus (Shechem): Jacob’s Well.
Friday, May 22, the Translation of the Relics of St Nicholas:
Departure for airport.