Bishop Savas to Lead National Young Adult Pilgrimage to Florence, Ravenna, and Constantinople November 2-10, 2007

The Department of Youth and Young Adult Ministries is pleased to announce the National Young Adult Pilgrimage to Florence, Ravenna, and Constantinople, November 2-10, 2007. His Grace Bishop Savas of Troas, the Chancellor of the Archdiocese, will once again lead the pilgrimage to sites of great historical importance and spiritual significance for all Orthodox Christians. The highlight of this experience will be an audience with His All Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew at the Phanar in the historic city of Constantinople.

The trip begins in Constantinople where participants will travel to the Ecumenical Patriarchate, the awe-inspiring Cathedral of Agia Sophia, the Church of Christ at Chora, the Monastery of Zoodogos Pigi (the Life-Giving Spring), the great covered Bazaar, and will also experience the splendor of the city on a Bosphorus cruise. There will also be a tour of the famous Theodosian walls, which for one thousand years, until the Ottomans breached them in 1453, protected the City from invasions by land. The trip will continue to Florence, the site of an unsuccessful attempt to reunite the Roman Catholic and Orthodox Churches, where the group will visit the Piazza del Duomo, the Cathedral of Santa Maria Del Fiore, Giotto’s Bell Tower, and the Romanesque Baptistery of St. John. A day trip to Ravenna, the ancient capital of the Western Roman Empire and an artistic bridge between the East and West, will provide the opportunity to experience the splendor of Byzantium and early Christian art, architecture, and history.

Bishop Savas described the pilgrimage to Rome and Constantinople as “an unforgettable experience, not only for the young adults but for myself as well. This year’s journey to destinations rich with early Christian and Byzantine history and architecture will likewise provide ample opportunities for growth in knowledge and self-understanding, for the establishing of lasting friendships and for spiritual refreshment and renewal.”

Registration will be limited to 35 young adults and will be on a first-come, first-served basis. For registration materials and additional information, please visit or contact the Department at 646.519.6180.

(Posting date 14 January 2007)

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