Real Break Constantinople
March 7-14, 2014
His All-Holiness Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew has accepted the request of OCF to offer a Real Break trip once again to the beloved children of the Mother Church of Constantinople in America.
This year’s Real Break Constantinople team, accompanied by a Hierarch and lay coordinator, will experience the “Queen of Cities” like no other group before. New this year, Orthodox youth from America will partner up with the local Orthodox youth in Turkey on a joint community service project, which will be decided by the representatives of both groups as the visit nears.
Furthermore, the team will explore the significant role that the Church of Constantinople has played in the past and present in their lives by participating in discussions with His All-Holiness, Hierarchs of the Ecumenical Throne, and several distinguished theologians, as well as a beautiful liturgical tradition.
In addition, the team will make pilgrimages to the Church of Haghia Sophia, the Church of the Savior in Chora, the Church of Zoodochos Peghe (The Life-Giving Spring) in Baloukli and the Cemetery of Patriarchs on the same grounds, the Holy Trinity Community in Taksim Square, the Halki Theological School, Monastery of St. George Koudouna on the island of Prinkipos, as well as the Church of Panaghia Vlachernai, where the Akathist hymn was first chanted to the Theotokos.
Team Members will also attend weekly services at the Patriarchal Church of St. George at the Phanar, where they will be able to venerate:
- The relics of the Great Martyr St. Euphemia,
the Three Hierarchs (St. John Chrysostom, St.
Basil the Great, and Gregory the Theologian),
The holy icons of Panaghia Pammakaristos, Panaghia Phaneromeni,
- The Column of Christ’s
Documents and Information
Download Real Break 2014 General Trip Information Packet (PDF Format)
Download Fundraising Essentials for Real Break 2014 (PDF Format)
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