What is a Pilgrimage?

 

A Pilgrimage is a transformational and inspirational journey of  religious and spiritual significance. Typically, it is a “physical” journey to a shrine or sacred sites to a person’s beliefs and faith for the purpose of venerating or to come to know God better or to pray for heavenly assistance. The spiritual enlightenment they receive  can be put it into practice in their daily lives with a better knowledge of God.

For the Greek Orthodox Faith, and many Christians alike, a pilgrimage is a journey or search of great moral significance of our faith.  It is a journey to a particular place such as the birth place of Jesus or a saint, a location where miracles were performed or witnessed, or where Jesus or saints lived or died. Many of these places are usually commemorated with shrines or churches  that draw the faithful for their own spiritual benefit. The most well known pilgrimages are to the Holy Land-  the site of the birth, life, crucifixion and resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ,  Constantinople – home of the Ecumenical Patriarchate and Agia Sophia and Mount Athos to name a few.  Other pilgrimages include other Orthodox countries such as Russia and Cyprus and yet others include Byzantine and Orthodox sites such as Italy and Jordan. A Greek Orthodox pilgrimage enables the faithful, led by their priest, to experience the roots of their religion and their culture first hand and as such, enrich their lives forever.

We are very proud to be serving the Greek-American community for 47 years, organizing and operating enriching faith based tours which enable the Greek Orthodox faithful to experience the historic roots of Orthodoxy and enrich their lives by learning about our faith and culture.