Friday, June 14, 2013

The Jerusalem of the Aegean - Patmos

Today was an amazing day on the island of Patmos. There really is no way that words can explain the experiences had in the Jerusalem of the Aegean. 

Caitlin and our tour guide, Nicholas, set the stage by reminding us of what took place on this island. Then we decended the 49 steps into the Cave of the Revelation. It was there we came face to face with mystery and the palpable presence of the Divine.  The students voluntarily sat in the grotto for minute upon holy minute praying and contemplating the space in which they found themselves and the God who had met them there.  This was a truly holy moment, one that none of us will soon forget.

Upon exiting the cave we proceeded to the highest point on the island to the Monastery of St. John. Within the walls of this 11th century castle we wandered wide-eyed into and through the small but ornate church, the fresco covered chapel, the tiny hallways, and the magnificent museum full of icons and relics.

Following the tour of the museum it was time for a wonderful lunch complete with Greek dancing lessons.  What a fun way to cap off an amazing morning.

The afternoon was spent strolling through the streets of Patmos, taking our hydrofoil back to Samos, and eating dinner (and gelato) on the waterfront.

Another glorious day.  Thank you for your prayers.  Please continue as we prepare ourselves for Ephesus tomorrow.

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