OSLJ Holy Land Commandery
HOLY LAVRA OF SAINT SABBAS (MARSABA)
The Monastery of Marsaba lies in the Jerusalem wilderness. It is built on cliffs overlooking the Kidron Valley, located half-way between Jerusalem and the Dead Sea, in the heart of the Judean Hills. The Monastery dates backs to the fifth century and is among the oldest inhabited monasteries in the world. It was founded by Saint Savas of Cappadocia in the year 483AD.
The Holy Lavra of Saint Savas is a phenomenon that is unique in ecclesiastic history. It has contributed in forming worship, the monastic order, hymnography as well as a multitude of Saints over the centuries.
WE CELEBRATE the Monastery Feast of Saint Savas between December 17-19. The main celebration is overnight at Marsaba Monastery.
EXCLUSIVE INVITATION for members and friends of the OSLJ
During the feast period we will be meeting with the brothers of Marsaba and participating in the preparation of the Kidron Valley, assisting with the installation of 400 candles in the ancient cells that line the valley walls. This common effort will connect the participants with the monastic brothers, the orthodox world and our common history. The highlight will be to experience the night vigil in the outdoor surroundings of the monastery with many pilgrims from around the world.
Arrival Tel Aviv Ben Gurion airport
17:00 Inscription at the Domus Sancti Lazari in Jerusalem
20:00 Dinner at the Notre Dame Hotel
09:00 Gather at the Domus. Visit to the Holy Sepulchre
11:00 Departure to Marsaba Monastery for a work briefing
15:00 Visit to the Church of the Nativity, Bethlehem
18:00 Return to Jerusalem - Dinner
08:30 Gather at the Domus Sancti Lazari. Departure for Marsaba (casual clothing, hiking shoes)
16:00 Return to Jerusalem
09:00 Gather at the Domus Sancti Lazari. Guided tour of Jerusalem
13:00 Free time
17:00 Gather at the Domus Sancti Lazari. Departure to Marsaba 'Bedu dinner' followed by orthodox celebration in presence of His Beatitude the Patriarch Theophilos and the Abbot of Marsaba
22:00 approx. Return to Jerusalem. Gather at the Domus Sancti Lazari. Departure for Marsaba
10:00 Gather at the Domus Sancti Lazari. Visit of the Israel Museum Shrine of the Bible, free Museum tour
08:00 Gather at the Domus Sancti Lazari. Departure to Masada .
On return to Jerusalem visit of Qumran and the Dead Sea (Kalia Beach).
19:00 Farewell dinner
Return home or individual tour in Tel Aviv
▪ Two guest rooms (four people) are available at the Domus Sancti Lazari
▪ Other participants can be hosted in the Old City of Jerusalem (Jaffa Gate) which is within easy walking distance of the Domus
▪ Depending on participants. Information will follow as soon as possible
▪ Including accommodation, all transfers and tickets, Bedu/welfare dinner
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