The NYC/Boston Pilgrimage: A fun beginning | August 4th, 2018
Our first day and a half of our NYC/Boston Pilgrimage has been a fulfilling and fun-filled experience. After an early morning yesterday, toughing out a 5:25am departure (from Midway, no less), we found ourselves (finally!) in Boston safety. After a stop at the hotel, we hit the ground running.
We began our Pilgrimage with a visit to Hellenic College Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology. Having toured the beautiful chapel, administration building, library, Archbishop Iakovos Museum, dormitory, and campus surroundings, we knew that we were in for a great Pilgrimage. We even got to see the office where Anna works, the Office of Vocation and Ministry, at HCHC.
The evening found us at St. Nektarios Greek Orthodox Church (Roslindale, MA). In ‘Rosi’, we enjoyed dinner and a tour of the beautiful church, which includes unique and beautiful icons of St. Nektarios and the Virgin Mary’s lives. Fr. Vassilios was extremely welcoming to us, offering us a top-notch tour, welcoming us to enjoy the Paraklesis Service, and even having our own children chant the “Agni Parthene” hymn, written by St. Nektarios, at the end of the service.
We ended our day with Night with the Saints, stopping back by Hellenic College Holy Cross to venerate many relics. These included: SS. Raphael, Nicholas, and Irene; St. Andrew; St. Nicholas Planas; and, most exciting, a piece of the Real Cross of Christ. It was a fulfilling way to end a long day.
Today was beach day up in Rockport, MA. We braved a rainy start, checking out Rockport’s fun shops and stores in our panchos. We took a look at some local “lobsta’s” and enjoyed clam chowder and lobster rolls. The weather broke at the end of our time there, allowing us some time to swim and play at the beach.
Tonight, we are headed to Cambridge for a tour of Harvard and a nice dinner. Thank God for allowing us to arrive safely, and for a fantastic start to this Pilgrimage!