ROCOR(A) Pilgrimage to Holy Land

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ROCOR(A) Pilgrimage to Holy Land

 FALL PILGRIMAGE TO THE HOLY LAND

A fall pilgrimage to the Holy Land is being organized under Archbishop  Andronik. Pilgrims will come from Australia and America. Pilgrims may  sign up for either the two week or three week version. The three week  pilgrimage runs from October 16 to November 6. The two week variant  starts later and ends earlier, running from October 20 to November 3.
 To sign up contact Hegumen Andrei. His email is frandrei1@hotmail.com.
 His telephone 61-3-9402 1812. Reservations must be made soon, so
 interested pilgrims should contact Father Andrei immediately.

 The itinerary for the trip is:
 16 Oct. Tue 10:10pm Australian group arrives to Tel Aviv.
 Transfer by bus to the Mount of Olives Hotel.

 17 Oct. We 1:00pm Lunch in the Hotel.
 After lunch visiting the sites on the Mount of Olives:
 Russian Eleon Monastery, “Little Galilee”- appearance of the Lord to
 the Apostles after Resurrection
 7:00pm Dinner in the Hotel

 18 Oct. Thu 8:00am Breakfast in the Hotel.
 Bus to St Stephen’s gate, then by foot:
 House of St Joachim and Anna; The Sheep’s pool–Bethesda;
 Via Dolorosa – the Way of the Cross; Lithostrotos; Praetorium-prison of
 Christ; Russian excavations, The Holy Sepulchre-Church of the
 Resurrection of Christ.
 3:00pm Lunch in “Petra” restaurant.
 Return to the Hotel. Rest.
 7:00pm Dinner in the Hotel.

 19 Oct. Fri 7:00am Liturgy at the Tomb of the Mother of God in
 Gethsemane
 Visiting the Russian Monastery of St Mary Magdalene.
 9:30am Breakfast in the Hotel.
 After breakfast visiting the sites of the Mount of Olives:
 Place of the Ascension; Pater Noster; Dominus Flevit – “The Lord Wept”;
 The Garden of Gethsemane.
 2:00pm Lunch in “Petra”.
 Monastery of St Nikodemus, (Prison of the Apostle Peter).
 Church of St Stephen near Stephen’s gates.
 7:00pm Dinner in the Hotel

 20 Oct. Sat 8:00am Breakfast in the Hotel
 Free day (American group arrives)
 6:00pm Dinner in the Hotel

 21 Oct. Sun 12am (midnight) By bus to Jaffa gates.
 Night Liturgy at the Tomb of Christ
 4:30am Return to the Hotel. Rest.
 1:00pm Lunch in the Hotel
 Depart by bus to Taybeh (Ephraim).
 Excursion of the town and brewery.
 7:00pm Dinner in the Hotel.

 22 Oct Mo 7:00am Breakfast in the Hotel.
 8:00am Departure by bus for 4 day trip to Galilee.
 Nablus (Sechem) – Jacob’s Well. Sebastia (Samaria) – place of burial of
 St John the Baptist.
 Mount Tabor
 Lunch in the hotel in Tiberias
 Ride on a boat on the Sea of Galilee
 7:00pm Dinner in the hotel in Tiberias

 23 Oct Tue 7:30am Breakfast in the hotel in Tiberias
 Nazareth: site of the Annunciation at the well. Singing Akathist.
 House of St Joseph the Betrothed; Workplace of Joseph.
 Zippori (Diocaesarea) – the city of St Joachim and Anna.
 Lunch in Nazareth.
 Cana of Galilee – first miracle of the Lord.
 Magdala – Russian Mission.
 7:00pm Dinner in the hotel in Tiberias.

 24 Oct We 7:30am Depart by bus for the Jordan River (Yardenit)
 Service of Blessing of Water and immersion (in white gowns)
 Breakfast.
 Journey by bus around the Sea of Galilee:
 Kursi (land of Gadarenes) – healing of 2 demoniacs;
 Capernaum – synagogue and house of St Peter.
 Tabgha – miracle of the multiplication of loaves.
 Mount of Beatitudes.
 Lunch.
 Swimming in the Sea of Galilee.
 7:00pm Dinner in the hotel in Tiberias.

 25 Oct Thu 7:30am Breakfast in the hotel in Tiberias.
 Depart for Mount Carmel (Monastery of Stella Maris) – cave of Prophet
 Elijah.
 Akko – Crusaders’ citadel.
 Lunch in Caesarea.
 Archaeological museum in Caesarea.
 Swimming in the Mediterranean sea.
 Dinner in the Mount of Olives Hotel.

 26 Oct Fri 8:00 Depart by bus for the Jordan River – site of the
 Baptism of the Lord.
 Immersion (in white gowns). Breakfast.
 Mount of Temptation.
 Jericho: Russian Mission’s garden; Spring of Prophet Elisha.
 Lunch in Jericho.
 Swimming in the Dead Sea.
 Desert Monastery of St Gerasimos.
 Qumran – Dead Sea scrolls.
 7:00pm Dinner in the Hotel

 27 Oct Sat 6:30am Depart by bus for Bethlehem
 Liturgy in the Cave of Nativity.
 Basilica of the Nativity; Cave of the Infants killed by Herod;
 Monastery of Blessed Jerome.
 Breakfast in Bethlehem.
 Beit Sahur – the field of the shepherds;
 Monastery of St Theodosius;
 Beit Jala: Monastery of St George, church of St Nicholas.
 Lunch in Bethlehem
 Hebron: Russian Monastery of the Holy Trinity.
 7:00pm Dinner in the Hotel.
 Vigil

 28 Oct Sun 8:30am Liturgy.
 11:00am departure by bus for 3 day trip to Sinai
 (lunch in the bus).
Dinner in St Catherine’s Monastery guesthouse.

 29 Oct Mo Liturgy in the Monastery of St Catherine.
 Breakfast.
 Tour of the Monastery: Burning Bush; Well of Prophet Moses; Ossuary;
 Monastery Museum.
 Walk to the cave of St John of the Ladder.
 Lunch in the guesthouse.
 Vespers in the Monastery; veneration of relics of St Catherine.
 Dinner in the guesthouse.
 30 Oct Tue 2:00am Early morning ascent of the Mountain Sinai.
 8:00am Breakfast in the guesthouse.
 9:00am Departure for Petra (Jordan) – ancient city in the rocks.
 Lunch in a restaurant on the beach of the Gulf of Aqaba.
 Swimming in the Gulf of Aqaba (Red Sea).
Dinner in Petra (Jordan)

 31 Oct Wed Viewing of Petra (Jordan).
 Breakfast and lunch in Petra.
 After lunch depart for Jerusalem.
 Dinner in Jerusalem.

 1 Nov Thu 11:00am Lunch in the Hotel.

 Depart by bus for the Monastery of St George Hosebite.
 Ma’ale Adumim: ruins of the monasteries of St Euthimios and St
 Martirios.
 7:00pm Dinner in the Hotel.

 2 Nov Fri 8:00am Breakfast in the Hotel.
 Catamon: Tomb of St Symeon the Godbearer.
 Holy Cross Monastery – site where grew the tree of the Cross.
 Ein Karem – Meeting of the Virgin Mary and St Elizabeth; Spring of the
 Virgin Mary; Birthplace of St John the Baptist; Cave of St John the
 Baptist.
 2:00pm Lunch in “Petra”.
 Spring of Siloam
 7:00pm Dinner in the Hotel

 3 Nov Sat 7:00am Liturgy in Gethsemane (Optional).
 8:30am Breakfast in the Hotel.
 By bus to Emmaus – appearance of Christ to Luke and Cleopas after
 Resurrection.
 Abu-Gosh – Crusader’s church.
 Lydda – tomb of St George the Great Martyr.
 Jaffa – Russian Mission (church of St Tabitha); Monastery of the
 archangel Michael
 Ben-Gurion airport (American pilgrims depart).
 Dinner in the Hotel.

 4 Nov Sun 12am (midnight) By bus to Jaffa gates.
 Night Liturgy at the Tomb of Christ.
 1:00pm Lunch in the Hotel.
 After lunch by bus to Sion:
 The Upper Room at Sion – place of the Last Supper; Church of the
 Dormition of the Mother of God; Church of St Peter in Gallicantu – place
 of Peter’s denial; King’s David tomb.
 7:00pm Dinner in the Hotel.

 5 Nov Mon 8:30am Breakfast in the Hotel.
 Bethany: Tomb of Lazarus; Bethany Russian School;
 Greek Monastery. Bethphagy
 1:00 Lunch in “Petra”.
 Free time after lunch.
 7:00pm Dinner in the Hotel

 6 Nov Tue 8:30am Breakfast in the Hotel.
 The cave of St Pelagia (Mount of Olives).
 Free time till dinner.
  4:00pm Farewell Dinner in the Hotel.
  6:00pm Depart by bus for the airport.
 11:05pm Departure (Australian group).


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