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.
The next Archpastoral visitation of His Grace Bishop Irenei will be from 4th - 23rd July. Below is an outline confirmed visitations on that stay.
- 6th-8th: Commemorative Festivities of the Holy Royal Martyrs on the Isle of Wight.
- Thursday 12th: Feast of Sts Peter & Paul:Venue to be announced.
- Saturday 14th: DIOCESAN PILGRIMAGE: To the miraculous well of St Margaret and St Frideswide in Binsey (near Oxford), with Divine Liturgy in the ancient church at 9.45 a.m. followed by moleben at the Holy Well. His Grace will chair a meeting of the Diocesan Council this day as well. At 5.00 p.m., Vigil at the Diocesan Cathedral.
- Sunday 15th: 9.45 a.m.: Greeting and Hierarchical Divine Liturgy (10.00) at Dicoesan Cathedral.
- Monday 16th: 6.00 p.m.: Vigil of the Feast (Diocesan Cathedral, lower Church).
- Tuesday 17th: Feast of the Holy Royal Martyrs (Altar Feast of Cathedral lower Church): 9.00 a.m. Hierarchical Divine Liturgy of the Feast, followed by a luncheon in Cathedral Hall in honour of Feast and the 100th Anniversary of the Martyrdom of the Royal Family.
- Wednesday 18th: Royal Martyrs Sts Elisabeth & Barbara: Hierarchical Divine Liturgy in Cathedral.
- Saturday 21st: Kazan Icon of the Theotokos, the Altar Feast of the Cardiff Parish: 9.00 a.m. Hierarchical Divine Liturgy of the Feast in Cardiff. Reception to follow Liturgy.
- Sunday 22nd:Altar Feast of St Elisabeth, Wallasey: 9.45 greeting of the Bishop, 10:00 Hierarchical Divine Liturgy of the Feast in Wallasey, with Cross Procession and veneration of relics of St Elisabeth and St Barbara. A Garden Party will follow the Liturgy.
Spiritual talks will be scheduled during the visit. As ever, those wishing to meet formally with the Bishop are invited to contact the Diocesan Chancellor, Archpriest Paul Elliott, to have a meeting added to the calendar, or to approach Bishop Irenei directly during his visit to speak personally.
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