We have now completed our six Virtual Visits to Saints and Holy Places. There are beloved saints and feasts in the winter season which have special connections to holy places. In addition to the links below, you can watch the videos individually or as a playlist on our YouTube Channel.
Free to participate, donations were requested for two educational charities in the Holy Land: Taybeh Education Fund and the Bethany Orthodox School for Girls. Thank you for all your donations, we were able to send £1500 to each charity!
St Nicholas of Myra (Feast: 6 December) and Bari, Italy. The saint beloved in East and West will be spoken about by Father Stephen Platt (Parish of St Nicholas the Wonderworker in Oxford). RECORDING here.
St Spyridon (Feast: 12 December) and Corfu, Greece. The feasts of St Spyridon are major events on the island of Corfu; we will learn about the traditions surrounding these from Father Themistoklis Mourtzanos who lives on Corfu. RECORDING here.
St Herman of Alaska (Feast: 13 December) and Spruce Island, USA. Dr S. A. Mousalimas (D.Phil. (Oxon), Professor NEFU Yakutsk) will talk about the great missionary St Herman and other saints of Alaska. RECORDING here.
The Nativity of Christ (Feast: 25 December) and Bethlehem, Holy Land. The place of the incarnation, the hilltop town that became a place of importance for the world, and the Christians that still live and worship there: Dan Koski (Institute of Ecumenical Research, Sibiu) is a former resident of this area of the Holy Land and will speak about this amazing place. RECORDING here.
The Mother of God (Synaxis: 26 December) and Walsingham, UK. Mother Melangell is a resident of Walsingham, a place of pilgrimage to the Mother of God in our own country which has proved incredibly special to those Orthodox faithful who have visited. RECORDING here.
St Seraphim of Sarov (Feast: 2 January) and Diveyevo, Russia. Alevtina Tanu has a lifetime association with Diveyevo and will provide a personal connection with this place of prayer, founded by St Seraphim. RECORDING here.