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Antiochian Village

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Antiochian Village

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Location Details

PHONE: 724-238-3677
ADDRESS: 4575 SR711
Bolivar, PA 15658
HOURS: Mon-Sat: 930am-430pm; Sun Noon-430pm

Event Details

S.S. Thekla & Raphael Pilgrimage, Sacred Music Institute

Description

It is a place where beauty is appreciated, spirituality is affirmed and business is conducted. For nearly 25 years, the Antiochian Village Heritage and Learning Center has been offering people of the Christian faith a temporary respite from the real world. Purchased in 1978 by the Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America, the 300 acres that make up the village were home to one of the earliest Presbyterian worship centers and schools in western Pennsylvania.

When Metropolitan Philip, the archbishop of the Antiochian Orthodox community, was told that this parcel of land was for sale, he traveled to the site. He found the perfect setting for a refuge where youth could learn a Christian way of life, and where all ages could learn about their faith.

The Antiochian Orthodox Christian faith has its roots in Syria, and can be traced back to the first followers of Christ. Today, Anti ochian Village is headquarters for its archdioceses and home to campgrounds, recreational facilities, meditation trails, an ecumenical chapel, a theological library with some 21,000 books, lodging facilities, a dining room, meeting rooms, and a museum.

Throughout the year, Orthodox, Christian, and nonprofit groups hold conventions and retreats on the grounds. The museum, however, is currently open to the public by appointment only, but that’s about to change. Continuing to fulfill Metropolitan Philip’s vision, the village has announced an expansion project. Plans call for the construction of a new wing to house the museum’s collection of icons (some dating back centuries) and artifacts, including a Damascene tea service, drums and zithers, and articles of clothing, such as a jallabiyah (caftan) and an aba’ah (cloak).

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