Sunday, 1 May 2011


Για το προσκύνημα στην Ιόνα είχα την ευκαιρία να ξαναγράψω στο παρόν ιστολόγιο. Το ότι συνεχίζεται η σύγχρονη αυτή παράδοση, και μάλιστα με πολλές πρακτικές δυσκολίες, είναι σημαντικό και πνευματικά ενθαρρυντικό.

Στην όμορφη αυτή ποιμαντική προσπάθεια Patron είναι ο Σεβ. Αρχιεπίσκοπος Θυατείρων και Μεγ. Βρετανίας κ.κ. Γρηγόριος και Πρόεδρος ο Πανιερώτατος Μητροπολίτης Διοκλείας κ.κ. Κάλλιστος.

Σύμφωνα με την ανακοίνωση των υπευθύνων του προσκυνήματος:

If you would you like to

- become part of a temporary Orthodox Community on the sacred Isle of Iona

- make a private retreat or an individual pilgrimage on St Columba’s Isle

- enjoy the peace and tranquillity of Iona,

" where the veil between Heaven and Earth grows very thin"

- then join us for all or part of a week this Spring at the temporary

30th April to 7th May or 7th to 14th May, 2011

See website:

Please contact, a.s.a.p. (only 7 guest places available)

Reader Ignatios Bacon, E-mail: or tel. 01320 – 366 – 457

If you cannot come this Spring, but are interested in the possibility of a permanent Iona Orthodox Centre, open all the year, then please also contact us.

“The search for truth in man is helped by seeing and letting go of what he’s not – the changeable and fallible that lacks and dies. What happens then? The pure, unsullied person comes to light – now free of worldly cares. To some extent, everyone who visits Iona will shed some outer dross, feel cleansed and purified – renewed. Iona helps us lay aside our temporary parts – but feeds us with the Spirit that endures. All this seems part of prayer.

It rained as we hurried from our last morning office to the pier. I’m sure that many people, saying good-bye, would feel they leave some heart behind and find themselves in tears. It happened so to me.

John Butler ”
, Pilgrim / Retreatant, 2009.

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