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NEW YORK: February 8, 2019
Preliminary itinerary for the pilgrimage to the Holy Land with Bishop Nicholas of Manhattan

Below, we are providing the preliminary itinerary for the pilgrimage to the Holy Land with Bishop Nicholas of Manhattan, which is being organized by St Seraphim Parish in Sea Cliff the Memorial Church in Memory of the Reestablishment of Unity in the Russian Orthodox Church. It is expected that approximately fifty clerics and laypeople from the parishes of the Australian-New Zealand, Western European, Canadian, Eastern American, Midwestern American, and South American dioceses will participate in the pilgrimage. The organizers express the hope that, with Gods help, the pilgrims will be able to visit additional holy sites not currently included in the itinerary.

Tuesday, May 28

8:15 pm: Arrival at Tel Aviv Airport.

Departure for Tiberias. Check-in at the hotel on the shore of the Sea of Galilee.

Wednesday, May 29

Breakfast.

Departure.

Mount Tabor. Nazareth the Orthodox church on the spring of the Most Holy Mother of God. Catholic church at the site of the house of the Most Holy Mother of God. Cana of Galilee Orthodox church at the site of the house of Apostle Simon the Canaanite.

Mount of Beatitudes. Tabgha the site of the miracle of the multiplication of the loaves. Capernaum Orthodox Church of the Twelve Apostles. Metochion (Representation) of the Russian Ecclesiastical Mission in the name of Equal to the Apostles Mary Magdalene; holy springs at the metochion.

Dinner at the Kfar Kinneret Hotel in Tiberias.

Thursday, May 30

8:00 am: Breakfast.

8:30 am: Departure (with luggage).

Prophet Elijah Monastery (Muhraqa).

Haifa: Metochion of the Russian Ecclesiastical Mission in Haifa. Stella Maris Monastery: the cave of Prophet Elijah.

7:00 pm: Check-in and dinner at the hotel.

Friday, May 31

8:00 am: Breakfast.

8:30 am: Departure.

Site of the Nativity of the Most Holy Mother of God. Sheep Pool (Bethesda). The Path of the Cross: Praetorium (Christs dungeon); Threshold of the Judgment Gate; Saint Alexander Nevsky Metochion (Russian Excavations).

Visit to the Greek Patriarchate: reception with Patriarch of Jerusalem Theophilus III.

Church of the Resurrection of Christ (the Lords Tomb).

Dinner at the hotel.

Saturday, June 1

Departure for Liturgy at the Gorny (Gornensky) Womens Monastery.

Hermitage in the Desert of the Forerunner and Baptizer of the Lord John.

Monastery of the Righteous Simeon the God-receiver (Katamon). Monastery of the Holy Cross.

5:00 pm: All-night Vigil in the Trinity Cathedral in Jerusalem.

8:00 pm: Dinner at the hotel.

11:30 pm: Departure for night Liturgy at the Lifegiving Tomb of the Lord.

Sunday, June 2

3:00 am: Return to the hotel. Rest time.

10:30 am: Breakfast.

11:00 am: Departure. Lydda: Church and tomb of the Great Martyr, Trophy-bearer and Wonderworker George

Jaffa: Righteous Tabitha Metochion of the Russian Ecclesiastical Mission; Church of Apostle Peter and Righteous Tabitha; tomb of Righteous Tabitha.

Observation deck of the Mediterranean Sea.

7:00 pm: Dinner at the hotel.

Monday, June 3: Equal to the Apostles Constantine and Helen.

Liturgy in the cave of the Nativity of Christ. Veneration of the site of the Nativity of Christ.

8:30 am: Breakfast.

Beit Sahour: Shepherds Field. Judean Desert: Saint Theodosius the Great Monastery. Lavra of Saint Sabbas the Sanctified.

Hebron: Metochion of the Russian Ecclesiastical Mission in Hebron: the Oak of Mamre.

7:00 pm: Dinner at the hotel.

Tuesday, June 4

Departure for Liturgy at the Metochion of the Russian Ecclesiastical Mission in Jericho.

No breakfast double ration. Tea with rations after the service.

Mount of Temptation. Russian Museum-Park Complex. The fig tree of Zacchaeus.

The River Jordan. Site of the Baptism of the Lord. Saint Gerasimus of the Jordan Monastery.

6:00 pm: Dinner at the hotel.

Wednesday, June 5

Departure for Liturgy at the Russian Equal to the Apostles Mary Magdalene Womens Monastery in Gethsemane (ROCOR). Relics of Martyr Grand Duchess Elizabeth and Nun-martyr Barbara. No breakfast double ration.

Gethsemane: Tomb of the Most Holy Mother of God. Gethsemane Garden.

Bethany: the tomb of Righteous Lazarus and the school at Bethany.

All-night Vigil at the Russian Savior-Ascension Womens Monastery on the Mount of Olives (ROCOR).

6:00 pm: Dinner at the hotel.

Thursday, June 6: The Ascension of the Lord.

Departure for Liturgy at the Russian Savior-Ascension Womens Monastery on the Mount of Olives (ROCOR).

Trapeza. Festal greeting of the abbess.

The Mount of Olives: Panorama of Jerusalem. Site of the Ascension of the Lord.

Free time in the Old City and the Church of the Resurrection of Christ.

6:00 pm: Farewell dinner at the hotel.

Friday, June 7

6:30 am: Breakfast.

7:00 am: Departure for the airport.

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