Earlier this month my family and I took part in the annual St. Panteleimon Pilgrimage at Holy Cross Hermitage in Wayne, WV. I’m happy to see that they’ve published a gallery of photos from the pilgrimage. Some are quite beautiful: the image here, for example, is taken from the gallery.
From long before our family’s conversion to Orthodoxy, the search for a spiritual community has been important to us. I can’t say that we’ve ever found the kind of believing community that we dreamed of, and I doubt that we ever will in this life. But visits to Monasteries, and especially pilgrimages like this one, always feel to me like a full immersion in the Church as I’d always hoped it would be. I come away refreshed, strengthened and grateful.