On Friday evening, March 22, Drs. David and Mary Ford gave a "slide show" to the St. Tikhon's Seminary and Parish Community, presenting about 500 of the photos they took while on their recent Pilgrimage to the Holy Land. Led by Fr. Theodore Petrides, the group of about 30 pilgrims visited some 65 sites during their nine days in Galilee, Samaria, Jerusalem, and down to the Jordan River.
They reported, "This was our first time there, and we never realized how deeply meaningful it all would be. Everything in the Gospels is so much more real to us now!"
Besides doing the appropriate Gospel readings at each holy site, the pilgrims participated in the Divine Liturgy at a church in Tiberias on the shore of the Sea of Galilee, as well as a midnight Divine Liturgy in the vast Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem.
Please find attached a small sampling of our photos from this amazingly wonderful trip. They are 1), outside the doors of the Holy Sepulchre; 2), the Church of the Holy Apostles by the Sea of Galilee near Capernaum; 3), the site of Christ's Ascension; 4), the Sea of Galilee at sunset; 5), the famous Russian Church of St. Mary Magdalene on the Mt. of Olives; and 6), the ruins of the Pool of Bethesda.