Christ is born! When I was young, I attended a certain camp as a scout, and this camp had a triangular area surrounded by paths that was pretty much open forest. We were told that the Native Americans reserved this triangular patch of land with great reverence, and that only those scouts that participated in a yearly outdoor sleep on the grass of that space were allowed to walk there. The rest of us had to go around it on the paths.
Within the Church, we have a keen sense of sacred space and the restrictions that come with it when it comes to objects like holy vessels and places like before the Holy Table or on the Ambo. I was wondering: do we have any sacred objects or places outside the walls of our church buildings that are similarly reserved for certain ranks of clergy? For example, are there places of pilgrimage in the Church that are not churches per se, but nevertheless warrant ordination to a certain degree or a special blessing to use that space to touch that object? I can think of the Holy Mountain as an approximate example of this, and perhaps the grounds of certain monasteries around the world, but that's about it. Thank you.