On Pilgrimages & The Need for Piety In Church

Reverence In the Church of Christ

By: St. Nicodemus of the Holy Mountain

I know that many of you Christians think it’s a great blessing and cause for boasting to go to Jerusalem and reverently and compunctionately venerate the holy pilgrimage sites there, namely, the Life-receiving Tomb of the Lord, holy Golgotha, sacred Bethlehem, and the rest. Many of you travel to far away places, toiling over land and sea, in order to piously venerate the sacred relics of many Saints…Indeed, such a reverent pilgrimage and piety and journey is good and praiseworthy. But should you not have, brothers, if not greater piety, at least the same amount of piety and reverence, when you go to and attend the Church of Christ, where all of the pilgrimage sites found at Jerusalem are present symbolically? Should you not show the same compunction and good order and respect when you attend the dread and divine Liturgy at which you find present, not the relic of such and such a Saint, but the very life-giving and divine and wholly-undefiled body and blood of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Holy of Holies?

Excerpt taken from:
St. Nicodemus the Hagiorite: Christian Morality, Homily 12.

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4 Responses to “On Pilgrimages & The Need for Piety In Church”


  1. 1 Adrienne June 10, 2010 at 8:22 am

    Mary,

    May I respectfully ask: are you Orthodox or Eastern Catholic? I went back a few pages of your posts, but not all. Your posts are beautiful and reverent. God Bless you.

  2. 2 Mike June 10, 2010 at 9:16 am

    Mary, thank you for this reminder. If we do not have the piety and presence in our everyday life and home parishes we will never be true pilgrims of the sacred sites, merely tourists.

    Peace, Mike+

  3. 3 Mary June 10, 2010 at 9:56 pm

    Mike, you’re welcome and I agree with what you mentioned.

    Hi Adrienne, thank you so much. To answer your question, I’m Eastern Orthodox. 🙂 God bless you too!

  4. 4 Adrienne June 29, 2010 at 6:45 am

    Thank you, Mary! I am hoping to be allowed to change churches from RC to Ukrainian Catholic. Thank you for the beautiful excerpt by
    St. Nicodemus; a great reminder that The Kingdom of God is within us at all times.


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