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Orthodox Pilgrimage

Pilgrimage is a journey to a sacred place. A pilgrimage is a term primarily used in religion and spirituality of a long journey or search of great moral significance. Sometimes, it is a journey to a sacred place or shrine of importance to a person's beliefs and faith. Members of most every religion participate in pilgrimages. A person who makes such a journey is called a pilgrim.

Nothing will ever substitute for a personal visit to a Holy Monastery but sometimes it is impossible to make such a long pilgrimage, especially many mile from home. Many times a busy life will not allow you to make such a long pilgrimages from America. Also money be an obstacle for making long overseas pilgrimages, and a pilgrimage is expensive for most. However, you can visit some of the places where famous Orthodox shrines are found thru the internet now day and then select the places that most interest you for your best personal pilgrimage.

Christianity Pilgrimages were first made to sites connected with the life, birth and crucifixion of Jesus. Descriptions of Christian pilgrimages to the Holy Land date from the 4th century, when pilgrimage was encouraged by church fathers like Saint Jerome. Pilgrimages also began to be made to Rome and other sites associated with the Apostles, Saints and Christian martyrs,and as well to places where there have been alleged apparitions of the Virgin Mary.

Pilgrimage to holy places is an important in site of the life of a Russian Orthodox Christian and it provides for an excellent opportunity for pilgrims to get acquainted with the Russian history, architecture, iconography and handicrafts. The true heart of an pilgrimage is certainly the spiritual experience and your effort in prayer that is acquired when visiting a Holy monastery. As the most important part of an pilgrimage is its spiritual education that you receive. As you visit holy places you learn the history and spiritual traditions of each monasteries and church that you will be visiting. When you are on a pilgrimage you will learn about also the saints and be able to talk to some of the hiromonks or if your blessed maybe even an Elder for some spiritual directors. Visiting a web site is only a very small fraction of what you can receive compared to visiting them in person.

Also, an pilgrims could bring important items like foodstuffs and/or make monetary donations. For many reviving monasteries, this support is essential, especially when it is given on a regular basis for their support of all pilgrims. Most monasteries accept programs and some go to great lengths to make sure your pilgrimage is successful for you and you family. Besides, part of the pilgrimage returns has been used to restore churches under which some pilgrimage services work.

Korennaya Hermitage Pilgrimage

Faithful pilgrims have visited this Holy Monastery for many centuries in order to rest, to pray, and to be spiritually revived before returning to their life and struggles in the world. Visiting this Holy Monastery is indeed a special blessing. Where many Orthodox Christians have gotten their lives recharged and acquired a more intent life in Christ. So can you!

Many, monks, pilgrims, and visitors have felt God's special presence here at the Korennaya (Kursk Root) Monastery. Rejoicing to God when others are able to come and share this Blessed Monastery and join in prayers.

Always remember while visiting the monastery that the monks have left the secular life and be respectful. There are a few guest quarters for Pilgrims who would like to stay at the Monastery. It is very important for all who are interested in a pilgrimage to make prior arrangements before you arrive at the Monastery. Many people come just to receive the special Holy Kursk Root Spring water. Many christians find that the experience is deep emotional one for pilgrims

There are two nice hotels in Svodoba See: Korennaya Hermitage Pilgrimage for more information. YOU ARE ALWAYS WELCOME !

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Pilgrimage to Valaam Monastery - Russia: Valaam is an archipelago in the northern portion of Lake Ladoga, lying within the Russian Federation's Republic of Karelia. the total area of its more than 50 islands is 36 square km. The largest island is also called Valaam. It is most known as the site of the Valaam Monastery, but also for its natural beauty. It is not clear when they founded a monastery on Valaam, the largest island in Lake Ladoga, itself being the largest lake in Europe.

The Valaam Monastery, Russia -
Official site
Valaam Monastery -
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Pilgrimage to Mount Athos - Greece:
A peak, about 2,034 m (6,670 ft) high, of northeast Greece. It is the site of the virtually independent monastic community of Mount Athos, originally founded in the tenth century. It is home to 20 Eastern Orthodox monasteries and forms an autonomous state under Greek sovereignty. Only monks are allowed to live on Athos and the current population numbers around 1,400. An ancient story claims the Blessed Virgin Mary was sailing accompanied by St John the Evangelist on her way from Joppa to Cyprus to visit Lazarus. When the ship was blown off course to then pagan Athos it was forced to drop anchor near the port of Klement, close to the present monastery of Iviron. The Virgin walked ashore and, overwhelmed by the wonderful and wild natural beauty of the mountain, she blessed it and asked her Son for it to be her garden. A voice was heard; "let this place be your inheritance and your garden, a paradise and a haven of salvation for those seeking to be saved". Since that moment the mountain was consecrated as the garden of the Mother of God and was out of bounds to all other women.

Welcome to Mount Athos -
The main web pages about Mount Athos
The Official Web Server of Mount Athos - The land of Mt. Athos which forms one of the most beautiful parts of Greece, lays before the visitor all the grandeur of Nature.
Mount Athos: The Holy Mountain -
History, culture, geography and visiting information.
The Holy Mount Athos -
Information's about the Theocratic Monk's Republic.
Open Directory Project: Athos -
Links about the monastic republic.
Mount Athos -
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Pilgrimage to Jerusalem - Israel:
The capital of Israel, in the east-central part of the country in the West Bank. Of immense religious and historical importance, the city was occupied as far back as the fourth millennium B.C. and became the capital of King David c. 1000 B.C. Destroyed by Nebuchadnezzar II in the sixth century B.C., it was later ruled by Greeks, Romans, Persians, Arabs, Crusaders, and Turks and by Great Britain under a League of Nations mandate. Israeli forces took control of the city in 1967. Jerusalem is considered a holy city to Jews, Muslims, and Christians. Population: 714,000.

The Church of the Holy Sepulchre, Jerusalem - Sacred Destinations
The Church of the Holy Sepulchre: Christian Holy Site - History Channel
Orthodox Patriarchate of Jerusalem - In Greek Language

Pilgrimage to Bethlehem - Israel:
A town in the West Bank south of Jerusalem. It is the traditional birthplace of Jesus. Population: 29,300. It is traditionally considered the birthplace of Jesus and is one of the world's great shrines. Situated on a hill in green, fertile country, Bethlehem looks across to the Dead Sea and beyond. Its inhabitants, who are Christian and Muslim Arabs, depend largely on pilgrims and tourists for their livelihood.
Pilgrimage to Nazareth - Israel; A town of northern Israel southeast of Haifa. Settled in prehistoric times, it is first mentioned in the New Testament as the boyhood home of Jesus. The modern town is a trade center and pilgrimage site. Population: 64,200. is the home of Jesus, it is a great pilgrimage and tourist center. Nazareth is also the trade center for an agricultural region. Nazareth is first mentioned in the New Testament, although its
settlement antedates historic time.

The Four Sacred Caves of Christ's Life
Selected Worldwide Religious Sites
Virtual Israel Experience
Orthodox Services in Jerusalem and Bethlehem

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