Where We'll Be
|A day-by-day guide to the "Covering Religion"
Thursday, March 14 6:50 p.m. Depart New York, JFK, aboard Lufthansa Flight 411
Friday, March 15
8:50 a.m. Arrive Munich
4:35 p.m. Arrive Moscow
Bus to Renaissance Hotel, where we will stay for six nights
8:30 Dinner at the Renaissance
Saturday, March 16
Breakfast at the hotel (served 7 to 12 on weekends; 6:30 to 11 weekdays)
Depart for Sabbath prayers at Maryina-Roshcha Synagogue
1 to 2
Light lunch at Synagogue with Chief Rabbi Lazar and Rabbi Berkowitz
2:30 to 4:30
Tour of the Cathedral Mosque and the Religious Board for European
Russia's Muslims. Meeting with Mufti Ravil Gainutdin or one of his aides. A meeting with Madrasa students.
Vespers at Holy Trinity Russian Orthodox Church (optional)
Sunday, March 17 (Orthodox Day)
Depart hotel (we will take box breakfasts from the hotel) for the Old Believers' church at Rogozhskoye cemetery.
Tour of the Old Believer's church and have orientation regarding the modern-day life of
the Bielaia Krinitsia Communion in Russia (The Metropolia of Moscow
and All Russia of the Russian Orthodox Old Ritualist Church),
conducted by the metropolitan's press secretary.v
Observe the first part of the Divine Liturgy (from the balcony)
Depart by bus for St. Tatiana's
10 a.m. -12 noon
The Divine Liturgy at St. Tatiana Chapel of the Moscow State
University (The Moscow Patriarchate of the Russian Orthodox Church).
12:30 - 2:30
Tour of the Kremlin
2:45 - 3:45
Lunch at a pizzeria overlooking the Christ the Savior Cathedral
4 - 5 p.m.
Tour of the Christ the Savior Cathedral (including a visit to the
observation deck at the foot of the dome and the museum of the
Cathedral which tells the story of its construction, destruction and
5 - 6:30 p.m.
The Rite of Forgiveness (entrance into the Lent) at the Christ the
Savior Cathedral with Patriarch Alexy II celebrating.
Depart by metro for the Petrovich Club restaurant
Petrovich Club. Dinner with Russian religion reporters and young
religious Moscovites of various faiths at one of Moscow's most lively
and popular restaurants
Monday March 18 (non-Orthodox day)
9:15 Leave hotel by bus
10 a.m. - 12 noon. Golovinsky Municipal Court. Jehovah's Witensses
trial. Attend trial and speak to lawyers and believers in the lobbies.
1 - 2 visit Catholic Cathedral
3 - 4 Meet "Mountain Jews" near the Choral Synagogue
Arrive at the Moscow Baptist Church of the Union of
Evangelical Christian Baptist, which holds its all-Russian convention
to speak to delegates as they are gathering for the meeting.
5 p.m. Opening of the convention.
Evening: Bolshoi Ballet (optional)
Tuesday March 19 (Reporting Day)
Optional visits to the newsrooms of the Moscow Times and the New York Times Bureau
Evening: Moscow circus (optional)
Wednesday March 20
9 a.m. depart by bus for the Holy Trinity-St. Sergius Monastery in
Stop on the way at Radonezh (the birthplace of St. Sergius of Radonezh, the founder of
the monastery). Visit village church to get a taste for a "less intellectual" type of
12 noon - 4 (possibly 5) p.m.
A tour of the Russian Orthodox Church's
main Theological Seminary and Academy, the monastery's magnificent
churches, offered by the director of the Seminary's museum, a lenten
lunch (strictly vegetarian and most likely highly untasty), followed
by a meeting with a group of English-speaking seminarians.
The Canon of St. Andrew of Crete - a special repentant service
of the first week of the Lent - begins. Those willing can attend the
first part of the service. Others can walk around the town.
6 p.m. Dinner at a decent restaurant outside the Monastery grounds,
followed by departure for Moscow.
9 p.m. return to hotel
Thursday, March 21
8 a.m.Check out of hotel
10:30 a.m. Depart Moscow aboard Aerosvit Flight 406
11:10 a.m. Arrive Kiev
Noon Lunch in Kiev
1 to 5 "Temples of Kiev" guided tour
6 p.m. check in at Hotel Rus, where we will spend three nights
Friday, March 22
Visit Uniates, Ukrainian Orthodox, Protestant groups and Kiev personalities
Evening: Possible visit to Kiev Opera House (optional)
Saturday, March 23 (Day Off)
Evening: Farewell dinner at Kiev restaurant
Sunday, March 24
10:30 a.m. Depart by bus for Kiev airport
2:40 p.m. Depart Kiev aboard Lufthansa Flight 3283
3:55 p.m. Arrive Frankfurt
4:50 p.m. Depart Frankfurt aboard Lufthansa Flight 404
7:20 p.m. Arrive New York, JFK
MIKHAIL METZEL/AP PHOTO
A PUBLIC FAITH: Agaphangel, Ukrainian Orthodox Church (Moscow Patriarchy) Metropolitan of the cities of Odessa and Izmail, blesses a Ukrainian woman outside of Moscow's Christ the Savior Cathedral