Pilgrimage is an ancient, venerable, and important part of Orthodox life. As students learn in our module on the Early Church, it is a religious tradition that pre-dates the beginnings of Christianity in our own heritage: the Apostles gathered together in the ‘upper room’ in Jerusalem at the Pentecost were there as part of one of the great ‘pilgrimage feasts’ of the religious calendar; and ever since the earliest days of the Church, Orthodox Christians have made pilgrimages to holy sites all over the world, in order to deepen their faith, learn more about their history and culture, and experience the grace of God in His saints.
The Institute is pleased to offer the opportunity for educational pilgrimages to its students and other participants. Our pilgrimages include all the normal elements of an Orthodox pilgrimage — travel to holy sites, prayer, participation in the Divine Services, visiting holy shrines, etc. — plus include a strong educational element, including lectures on the history and theology of sites visited, exposure to local Orthodox pastors and scholars, etc.