Jerusalem, the Holy City! Since the earliest days of Christianity, pilgrims have made their way to this place. In December of 2023, we will follow in the ancient and venerated footsteps of these faithful Christians.
With the blessing of His Eminence Metropolitan Antony, the Prime Hierarch of the UOC of the USA, Archbishop Daniel will lead the Sacred Pilgrimage to the Holy Land on December 1-10, 2023. The 10-day visit to the most significant sites of the New Testament is being coordinated by Archbishop Daniel and clergy of the UOC of the USA.
"This pilgrimage, sixth in turn and hopefully another of many to the Holy Land for our Metropolia, will send down the blessing of God, not only on all of those participating, but on our entire Ukrainian Orthodox Church. The Council of Bishops of the Church has given a blessing and encourages all of our clergy and parishes to promote such pilgrimages, both to Holy Land and other holy sites, which facilitate our coming closer to God. By traveling to the Holy Land this time around, we will literally walk in the steps of our Lord, God and Savior Jesus Christ. I sincerely pray that the Almighty One will bless us traveling, keep us safe and bring us all closer to Him during the time of the year that in the United States of America we offer gratitude to God for the blessing received," said His Eminence Archbishop Daniel.
During the course of the pilgrimage, the group from the Metropolia will have the opportunity to visit and pray at the Tomb of Lazarus, Cana, Mt. Tabor - the site of the Lord's Transfiguration, the River Jordan, the Mount of Olives, the Upper Room and Gethsemane, as well as the sites of the Lord's suffering on Holy Thursday and Good Friday. The pilgrimage will culminate with the group's participation in the Divine services and Hierarchical Divine Liturgy at the Church of the Holy Sepulcher.
"The sacred sites in the Holy Land are the place where the Bible comes to life for Christians," explained the archbishop.
In addition, Archbishop Daniel and the pilgrims, will be received by His Holiness Patriarch Theophilus III of Jerusalem.
“As we travel together, we will worship and learn. We will visit sites where Christ the Savior walked, where He taught and prayed. We will discover the images that He used to illustrate His parables. We will come closer to understanding Him as we gain understanding of world in which He conducted His ministry…” said Vladyka Daniel.
“I hope many of you will accompany us on this spiritual pilgrimage. This will not be a commercial tour! This will be a true Faith experience and I would consider it a privilege to have you with us…” - concluded His Eminencce Archbishop Daniel.