“We Shall All Be Changed” [1 Corinthians 15:51] will be the theme of the 51st annual Pilgrimage to New Skete here on Saturday, August 12, 2017.
The day will open at 8:00 a.m. with the celebration of Matins. The Divine Liturgy will begin at 9:30 a.m., followed by a tour of New Skete’s Holy Wisdom Temple. A talk on monastic life will be offered at 12:30 p.m.
A presentation titled “We Shall All Be Changed: Armenian Artist-Theologians Ponder the Transfiguration” will be offered by this year’s guest speaker, Dr. Roberta Ervine, Professor of Armenian Studies at Saint Nerses Armenian Seminary, Armonk, NY. She will explain how the Armenian Fathers used the story of the Transfiguration to illuminate other Biblical themes, experiences and events in words, music and the visual arts.
Other afternoon events include a guided hike, an iconography demonstration, a dog training demonstration, and a photo exhibit. Pilgrims are also invited to visit the meditation gardens and the Monks’ and Nuns’ gift shops in addition to enjoying Greek and Lebanese food, which will be available for purchase throughout the day. The pilgrimage will close with the celebration of Vigil and a Healing Service at 5:00 p.m.
New Skete — a monastic community of the Orthodox Church in America since 1979 — was established in 1966 by a small group of Byzantine Rite Franciscan monks. In 1969, seven Poor Clare nuns from Indiana, inspired by the vision of contemporary monastic life, settled near the monks and joined New Skete. In 1983, a third community was established when eight dedicated parish members expressed their desire to live in accordance with the monastic way of life and formed the Companions of New Skete.
The event is open to the public at no charge.