Where We'll Be
A day-by-day guide to the "Covering Religion" study tour

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)
  • 10:30 a.m. 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.
  • 5 p.m. Vespers at Holy Trinity Russian Orthodox Church (optional)
  • Evening Free

    Sunday, March 17 (Orthodox Day)
  • 7 a.m. Depart hotel (we will take box breakfasts from the hotel) for the Old Believers' church at Rogozhskoye cemetery.
  • 7:45-8:30 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
  • 8:30-9:30 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 reconstruction
  • 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
  • 7:30 p.m. 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
  • 4:30 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 Sergiev Posad.
  • 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 Orthodox worship.
  • 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.
  • 5 p.m. 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
  • Evening Free

    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

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    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





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