Spirit Of St Seraphim
This itinerary has been created to explore this land, past & present. We will arrive in time to to celebrate The Feast of tPentecost.
Pilgrimages - 2013
Spirit of St Seraphim
In and around Diveyevo
Travelling to Diveyevo, to the region from which the focus of the radius of effect of the
saint's transfiguring life began, a land, both geographic and spiritual, this part of the journey
offers a way of deepening the connection between St Seraphim's inner landscape and our own.
This itinerary has been created to offer an opportunity for an extended stay in Diveyevo during the Feast of Pentecost. This is an opportunity to immerse oneself in the spirit of St Seraphim who, in his famous conversation with his follower, Nikolai Motoviov, told him, ‘the aim of Christian life is the acquisition of the Holy Sprit’.
The Aim of Christian Life: The Conversation of St Seraphim of Sarov with N.A. Motovilov
Of Pentecost, St Seraphim said, ‘This is the blessing already promised by Him. And so, on the day of Pentecost, He triumphantly sent down to them ( the apostles ) the Holy Spirit. In the breath of the wind and in the visible tongues of fire alighting on each of them the Holy Spirit entered them, filling them with the fiery power of divine grace, soothing and acting joyfully in the souls of those communing in its power and action’.
In and around Diveyevo
Travelling to Diveyevo, a land, both geographic and spiritual, this part of the journey offers a way of deepening the connection between St Seraphim's inner landscape and our own.
This land, its monasteries, sketes, villages, and people are living witness:
In Diveyevo one can experience the glorious Liturgy in the Cathedral of the Holy Trinity, where St Seraphim’s relics lie.
Here, where the saints’ influence has been great, and in which his image lives in nearly every home, one may bathe in the holy springs, walk the sacred path and discover the villages in which surviving monks and nuns dwelt in hiding during the soviet years, and through whose inhabit- ants, many of the practices and treasures of the monasteries were saved.
- to one of the greatest outpourings of God's love through his servant, 'poor Seraphim'
- to the greatest persecution of Christians of all time
- to the remarkable recovery & renewal of Christian witness taking place in Russia since the 1990's.
You will be based in this region for seven days, with free days for personal exploration and prayer, and opportunities for group excursions in the surrounding region where the saints’ influence has been great, and in which his image lives in nearly every home. This pilgrimage provides a context for entering into a deeper relationship with the saint. One may bathe in the holy springs, walk the sacred path and discover the villages in which surviving monks and nuns dwelt in hiding during the soviet years, and through whose inhabitants, many of the practices and treasures of the monasteries were saved. Sarov itself is a closed city, which it is not possible for visitors to enter.
On return to Moscow you have the option of relaxing in the famous Kolomenskoye Park one of the most beautiful places in all of Moscow, with its awe-inspiring buildings steeped in history, evoking the Russia of old.... before arriving at Domedova airport for a late afternoon homeward flight.
Getting there: Taking a connecting flight from Moscow (Domodedova Airport), pilgrims will be met at Nizhni Novgorod airport and taken on the three hour journey to Diveyevo by road.
Returning to Moscow by overnight train from Arzamas (70 km from Diveyevo), pilgrims will have the option of relaxing in the famous Kolomenskoye Park one of the most beautiful places in all of Moscow, with its awe-inspiring buildings steeped in history, evoking the Russia of old. ... . . before arriving at Moscow Domodedova airport for a late afternoon homeward flight.
Kolomenskoye Park (optional excursion - includes transfer to Domodedova for homeward flight)
Archaeological traces have been found here of pre-Slavic civilizations dating back over 2,500 years. A village was founded here in 1237, which, in the 15th-17th centuries, became the estate, first of a Grand Prince and then of the Tsar. Between 1930 and 1959, various examples of wooden architecture from all across Russia were brought here, including Peter the Great’s little house from Archangel. The chief attraction is the stone Church of the Ascension of the Lord, constructed in 1529-1532 by order of Tsar Vasily III to commemorate the birth of his son and heir, Ivan the Terrible. See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Kolomenskoye_aerial_view-2.jpg
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The village of Diveyevo
The Cathedral of the Holy Trinity
The Shrine containing the Relics of St Seraphim
Enjoying the Journey.