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2011 Holy Land Pilgrimage Days 1-3

With the blessing of His Eminence, Metropolitan Nicholas, of blessed memory, a Diocesan Pilgrimage to the Holy Land, led by Very Rev. Dr. Edward Pehanich, departed on Monday May 9, from Pittsburgh, PA with 32 Diocesan clergy and faithful in attendance. During the course of the pilgrimage the faithful will visit all of the holy sites associated with the life of our Lord Jesus Christ including the site of the Annunciation in Nazareth, the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem where an Orthodox Church has been built over the cave of the Lord's birth, Cana where our Lord worked his first miracle, the Mount of Beatitudes, the Jordan River and Mt. Tabor: the site of the Transfiguration.

Posted Pictures show scenes from Days 1-3 of the pilgrimage.

Monday and Tuesday (May 9-10) were essentially travel days. On Wednesday May 11, the pilgrims travelled up the coastline to the ancient Roman city of Caesarea, viewing the harbor where St. Paul was imprisoned and taken to Rome. They then proceeded to Cana to the Greek Orthodox Church at the site of where Jesus's first miracle of changing the water to wine took place. Then, they were off to Nazareth to St. Mary's well, where the Annunciation took place.

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Additional photos of the Pilgrimage may be found at the St Nicholas Orthodox Church of Warren, Ohio Website

Day 1-3

Day 5

May 15

May 16

Holy Sepulchre

May 18
Pilgrims departing from St. Nicholas Orthodox Church in Warren, Ohio.
747-400 on our way to Tel-Aviv
Did we make it?
Herod's Hippodrome
Herod's Hippodrome
Herod's Hippodrome
At Caesarea National Park
The ladies dipping their toes in the Mediterranean Sea...
Then they saw the sign! Oops!
Stopping for a break.
Roman House
Aqueduct in Caesarea
Theotokos' home where Annunciation took place
Theotokos' home where Annunciation took place
Mary's Well
The Cana Greek Orthodox Wedding Church
The Cana Greek Orthodox Wedding Church
The Cana Greek Orthodox Wedding Church (Jar that held the wine)
The journey towards Nazareth
Yes, we're going --but don't know where we're going