Spirit Of Russia
This itinerary has been created to experience landmarks in the history of Russian spirituality in and around Moscow, before travelling on to
The Land of St Seraphim, the region in and around Diveyevo. We will arrive in time to celebrate The Feast of the Transfiguration.
Pilgrimages - 2013 - DATES TO BE SCHEDULED
Experience the Spirit of Russia
In and around Moscow
In and around Diveyevo
In Moscow, we will visit some of the holy sites, including the small chapel in the Danilov Monastery, dedicated to St Seraphim.
The Danilov Monastery, the oldest working monastery in Moscow,
is centre of the Moscow Patriarchate, and residence of His Holiness Kirill, Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia.
We will walk in Red Square with St Basil's Cathedral, visit the Monastery of Martha and Mary, established by
Grand Duchess Elisabeth, the granddaughter of Queen Victoria and sister of the
Czarina Alexandra, and visit other cultural and historical sites of interest.
We will also travel to Sergiev Posad, with the Trinity-St. Sergius Lavra Monastery,
established around 1340 by St. Sergius of Radonezh, a monastery that has been the
single most important spiritual centre in Russia for well over 600 years.
In Moscow we will stay in a well-appointed 3-star hotel
From Moscow we travel to The Land of St Seraphim
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 land, its monasteries, sketes, villages, and people are living witness:
We travel by overnight train from Moscow to Arzamas where we are met by our driver and taken on the 70 km journey
to Diveyevo, where we will experience the glorious Liturgy in the Cathedral of the Holy Trinity, where St Seraphim’s relics lie.
We will spend time in the Monastery of Seraphim-Diveyevo, where the saint's influence has been great, and dwell in a region
in which his image lives in nearly every home. Here, one may bathe in the holy springs and walk the sacred path. We wll explore
surrounding 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.
- to one of the greatest outpourings of God's love through his servant, humble 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.
Father John Jillions is an Orthodox priest. He lives in Ottawa, Canada, where he serves as Dean of the Annunciation Cathedral
and Professor of St Paul University’s Sheptytsky Institute. He formerly served as Founding Principal of the Institute of Orthodox Christian Studies, Cambridge.
Your price includes:
Your price does not include:
- Experienced English speaking leader throughout
- All excursions and entrance fees
- Train and Road travel from and to Moscow
- Group transport within the Diveyevo region
- In Moscow, three nights accommodation, sharing a twin room with private facilities, in a well appointed 3 Star Hotel.
- In Diveyevo, accommodation in a private house, sharing a twin room.
- All meals
- Any visas required
- Travel insurance
- Drinks and personal items
- Single room supplement
- Airport Transfers.
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St Basil's Cathedral, Red Square
Rublev's Icon of the Holy Trinity, Tretiakov Gallery.
The village of Diveyevo
The Cathedral of the Holy Trinity
The Shrine containing the Relics of St Seraphim
Enjoying the Journey.