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Offline mjg

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Orthodox Pilgrimage
« on: December 29, 2005, 01:19:07 PM »
New poster here, but long-time reader of the site. I'm interested in pilgrimages and would like your thoughts on the following question:

Let's say that you have unlimited funds (I don't...this is a hypothetical question) and unlimited time...what five Orthodox sites would you visit on a worldwide pilgrimage? Monasteries, relics, churches, whatever...


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Re: Orthodox Pilgrimage
« Reply #1 on: December 29, 2005, 03:21:57 PM »
Oh, goody!
- Jerusalem (Christian no-brainer)
- St. Catherine's Monastery, Mt. Sinai
- Constantinople
- Rome
- Moscow
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Re: Orthodox Pilgrimage
« Reply #2 on: December 29, 2005, 03:22:12 PM »
Oh, and if I could pick a 6th - Alexandria
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Re: Orthodox Pilgrimage
« Reply #3 on: December 29, 2005, 03:26:41 PM »
1) Mount Athos
2) Jerusalem & the Holy Land (tied with first place along with Mt. Athos)
3) Valaam Monastery
4) Patriarchate of Antioch (now in Damascus)
5) You could always come to my home parish  ;)
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Re: Orthodox Pilgrimage
« Reply #4 on: December 29, 2005, 03:28:10 PM »
Welcome to the forum (or, I guess I should say, posting)! For me it would be:

Jerusalem (especially places connected with the Temple and our Lord's victory over death)
Tomb of St. John of Shanghai and San Francisco
Grave of St. Justin Popovich
Istanbul (especially Hagia Sophia)
Mount Athos

How about you mjg? :)
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Re: Orthodox Pilgrimage
« Reply #5 on: December 29, 2005, 03:46:25 PM »
Thanks for asking, Asteriktos...

Definately Jerusalem and Mount Athos. And Saint Catherine's Monastery in Egypt. I'd probably add in somewhere in the United States, just for comparison with the sites in traditionally Orthodox countries. Perhaps St. Anthony's in Arizona or St. Herman's in California. I'm completely unfamiliar with Russian Orthodoxy, though I'd like to visit somewhere in Russia...Valaam sounds like a good recommendation. It's a shame that the Sarov Monastery is no longer.

Keep the ideas coming; while I don't have the time or resources to do anything like this now, it is a dream of mine to do it someday.

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Re: Orthodox Pilgrimage
« Reply #6 on: December 29, 2005, 03:50:16 PM »
Jerusalem
Constantinople
Serbia
St. Catherines @ Sinai and Alexandria Patriarchate complex
Greece

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Re: Orthodox Pilgrimage
« Reply #7 on: December 29, 2005, 03:54:45 PM »
Timos, anywhere specifically in Serbia? I am woefully uninformed with respect to Serbia.

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Re: Orthodox Pilgrimage
« Reply #8 on: December 29, 2005, 03:55:22 PM »
Oh and also some of thwe 500+ monasteries of Romania!

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Re: Orthodox Pilgrimage
« Reply #9 on: December 29, 2005, 04:01:48 PM »
Krusedol Monastery, Vojvodina has frescoes from at least 600 years ago I read.

13th century Milesevo monastery in Serbia with the very popular "white angel" icon

Gracanica monastery

12th century Zica monastery

all really beautiful. Also the Rumanian monasteries are immensly beautiful and have many ancient relics and stories behind them.

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Re: Orthodox Pilgrimage
« Reply #10 on: December 29, 2005, 04:37:08 PM »
Well done Timos!!!  I'll take the trip with you!  :D

1.   Jerusalem
2.   Constantinople  ;)
3.   Mt. Athos
4.   Moscow
5.   Church of St. Savior (Prizren Kosovo) - 14th Century Church - Although my family comes from this area, I've never been able to go (for fear of being cut to pieces).
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Re: Orthodox Pilgrimage
« Reply #11 on: December 29, 2005, 04:40:35 PM »
MJG,

    If you are interested.  Here is a list of ancient religious sites within Kosovo.  http://www.kosovo.com/default3.html
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Re: Orthodox Pilgrimage
« Reply #12 on: December 29, 2005, 04:47:36 PM »
Thanks for the link. Like I said, I'm very ignorant of Serbian Orthodoxy...actually, any ethnic Orthodox save Greek (though I'm not Greek, I grew up in a Greek Orthodox parish). We had some Serbians in our GOYA, but the only things I learned about Serbia from them were what a slava is, "Kosovo is Serbian," and how to drink slivovitz. I guess that's a start.

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Re: Orthodox Pilgrimage
« Reply #13 on: December 29, 2005, 04:56:21 PM »
Thanks for the link. Like I said, I'm very ignorant of Serbian Orthodoxy...actually, any ethnic Orthodox save Greek (though I'm not Greek, I grew up in a Greek Orthodox parish). We had some Serbians in our GOYA, but the only things I learned about Serbia from them were what a slava is, "Kosovo is Serbian," and how to drink slivovitz. I guess that's a start.

An excellent start to learning about a culture which has defended the faith well for centuries, and who has held on to the faith in the face of great adversity (up until this day!).
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Re: Orthodox Pilgrimage
« Reply #14 on: December 29, 2005, 05:27:28 PM »
but the only things I learned about Serbia from them were what a slava is, "Kosovo is Serbian," and how to drink slivovitz. I guess that's a start.

MJG,

  ÃƒÆ’‚  My friend, you are more than half way there!!!  ;)  I don't think there is a whole lot left to teach you.  Slava is Slava, Kosovo is Serbian and we all love Slivovitz, isn't that the HOLY TRINITY???  ;)
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Re: Orthodox Pilgrimage
« Reply #15 on: December 29, 2005, 05:29:26 PM »
South Serb, how is the weather in Serbia? I want to know for when I pack my bags  ;)

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Re: Orthodox Pilgrimage
« Reply #16 on: December 29, 2005, 05:34:05 PM »
Depending on how much Slivo we pack, it's usually quite warm!  :P
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Re: Orthodox Pilgrimage
« Reply #17 on: January 01, 2006, 11:12:15 PM »
1. Jersualem/Bethlehem
2. Patriarchate of Antioch (Lebanon, Syria and Antioch itself, the oldest Christians and the oldest churches)
3. Constantinople
4. Moscow
5. St. Catherine's, Mt. Sinai


The Antiochian churches in Australia used to organise pilgrimage trips to the sites in Palestine ... quite ironic considering we're a Syrian/Lebanese-based church, who would've thought the Israelis would've allowed us in?

Nevertheless, they were quite popular and educational for the youth, but I'm not sure if they're still running them.

I'm sure other Orthodox parishes around the world would have such programs, maybe you should ask around at your local parish.



I'm particularly interested to learn about sites in Serbia. I know so little about this Orthodox country.



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