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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, where we will arrive in time to celebrate a major feast.

Pilgrimages - 2019

The Spirit of Russia
Feast Duration: 10 days
Schedule to be confirmed

In and around Moscow In Moscow, we will visit some of the holy sites, including the small chapel in the Danilov Monastery, dedicated to St Seraphim. We will walk in Red Square with St Basil’s Cathedral and the Kremlin, visit the Tretiakov Gallery, including the world famous icon of the Holy Trinity and other icons by Andrei Rublev, visit the Monastery of Martha and Mary, established by Grand Duchess Elisabeth, the granddaughter of Queen Victoria and sister of the Tsarina Alexandra, and take in other cultural and historical sites.

Sergiev Posad
The Trinity-St. Sergius Lavra Monastery, one of the greatest of Russian monasteries and today a world heritage site, was founded in 1345 by St. Sergius of Radonezh and is located in Sergiev Posad. This is where the saint’s relics lie today. This monastery has been the single most important spiritual centre in Russia for well over 600 years, and today is a working monastery, Seminary, Theological Academy and place of pilgrimage.See http://www.stsl.ru/languages/en/index.php

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:

  • 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.
Here one can experience the glorious Liturgy in the Cathedral of the Holy Trinity, where St Seraphim’s relics lie. Based in this region for the next five days we explore the land, its history, culture and spirituality. Sarov itself is a closed city, which it is not possible for visitors to enter.
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.

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St Basil's Cathedral, Red Square

Rublev's Icon of the Holy Trinity, Tretiakov Gallery.

Danilov Monastery.

The village of Diveyevo

The Cathedral of the Holy Trinity

Village Life

The Shrine containing the Relics of St Seraphim

Enjoying the Journey.
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