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Planning Pilgrimages

Pilgrimage has always been an important part of the Orthodox life. We take pilgrimages to holy sites, to walk in places sanctified by the Lord, His mother, and His saints — to receive the grace and blessing of such sanctified places, and to be encouraged in our own lives of ascesis by which God is calling us to that same sanctification and holiness.

Our Diocese is committed fostering pilgrimage as an active part of every Orthodox Christian's life — not only pilgrimages to holy places afar off (such the Holy Land, Russia, Greece, etc.), but also encouring a much more active life of pilgrimage to the richness of sacred sites here in the British Isles, made holy through the ascetical and spiritual endeavours of a long litany of beloved (and sometimes not-well-known) British Saints.

The Diocese organises a number of pilgrimages annually, but each parish is encouraged to organise its own pilgrimage activities as a matter of course, with the blessing of the Diocesan Hierarchy. When doing so, use the Contact Page to inform the Chancellor of the event, so that it can be advertised here on the Diocesan web site and its Facebook page, so that a wider pool of faithful can take part. The Diocese is also pleased to help parishes with some of the practicalities of organising pilgrimages.

You may wish to go on pilgrimage to a male or female monastery. We currently do not have either in the Diocese of Great Britain and Ireland that could accommodate even a very small group. However, our sister diocese in Germany has two monastic settings that welcome pilgrims.

The Monastery of St Job of Pochaev in Pasing, Munich is very easy to visit from the airport. The monastery has daily services and is set inquiet gardens. Archbishop Mark and some of the monks speak good English as well as Russian and German. Their website is http://www.hiobmon.de/ru

The female Monastery of St Elisabeth the New Martyr is in the village of Buchendorf which is about 15 Kms from Munich. The Mother Maria and the sisters are very welcoming and there is at least one English speaking sister. There are daily services and beautiful grounds. Their website is http://orth-frauenkloster.de/t1/index.php/home.html 

Groups from our London Cathedral Parish visit these monasteries regularly. For further information please contact the Sisterhood at the Cathedral.

Sophia Michaelidou and Fr Paul are putting together a pilgrimage to the holy sites of the UK for the summer of 2019. An outline of these events will appear here in the near future.

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