2018 Pilgrimage to the Holy Land
Connecting with the sacred sites of our faith
Over the past few years, we have cultivated a culture of pilgrimages—of going out into the world to connect the narratives of scripture with the sacred sites of our faith.
APRIL 2018 PILGRIMAGE TO THE HOLY LAND
Fr. David Peck accompanied a group of 25 pilgrims to the Holy Land in late April for a two-week pilgrimage in which participants experienced where Jesus was born, lived, died and was resurrected. The group was led by local guide Canon Iyad Qumri and instructor Canon John Peterson in partaking of what is often referred to as a “Living Stones” pilgrimage that combined visits to traditional Holy Land religious sites (the so called “Ancient Stones”) with opportunities to touch the pulsing Christian community.
2018 Journey to the Holy Land Itinerary
The 2018 pilgrimage to the Holy Land included the following stops:
- Ramallah and horizons of Jerusalem: Saint Andrew’s Episcopal Church in Ramallah with liturgy in English and Arabic, walk down to Damascus Gate, view the Judean desert, Mt. of Olives and the City of David.
- Western Wall and Dome of the Rock: St. Anne’s Church, the pools of Bethesda and Sunbula an organization whose mission is to support Palestinian women’s cooperatives and disabled people’s self-help groups.
- Tekoa and Bethlehem: Church of the Nativity located in Manger Square—the oldest church in Christendom, constructed by Constantine in AD 326 and the traditional site of the Nativity.
- Jericho and Nazareth: Latin Church of the Annunciation, the traditional site of the Angel Gabriel’s appearance to Mary telling her she would conceive Jesus.
- Sea of Galilee, Jordan River, Capernaum and Beatitudes: A visit to the ancient synagogue and St. Peter’s House, Mount of Beatitudes, lunch by the Sea of Galilee, visit to Tabgha (Heptapegon), The Loaves and Fishes Church and the Chapel of St. Peter’s Primacy.
- Sepphoris and Caesarea Philippi: Exploration of the excavations of the Roman / Byzantine city and villages of Caesarea Philippi.
- Burqin, Nablus and Taybeh: Stops at places where Jesus ministered to lepers and spoke to the Samaritan woman at the well, visit Taybeh, the only 100% Christian town in the Palestinian authority in the fourth century under the Emperor Constantine
- St. George’s Cathedral, Israel Museum: Sunday Eucharist with the liturgy celebrated in English and Arabic, Israel Museum and the Shrine of the Book, where the Dead Sea Scrolls are housed. Visit to a scale model of the Old City of Jerusalem, describing the city as it would have been during Jesus’ time.
- Church of the Resurrection: Walk the Cardo to the Constantinian entrance to the Church of the Resurrection to the Holy Sepulcher.
- Beth-Phage, Dominus Flevit, Gethsemane: Bethphage, Mount of Olives and a walk down the Palm Sunday Road ending at the Garden of Gethsemane. Church of St. Peter in Gallicantu built over the palace of the High Priest Caiaphas, where Peter denied Jesus three times.
- Way of The Cross, Emmaus: Way of the Cross, Emmaus Nicopolis. We celebrate the Eucharist at the ruins of the Byzantine Church.
Pilgrims connected with local Christians for a time of worship, visits with children in Christian Schools and sharing a meal in their homes.
2016 PILGRIMAGE TO ENGLAND
In 2016, 26 parishioners traveled to England to explore our Anglican heritage through the lens of witness and reconciliation.
2015 PILGRIMAGE TO THE HOLY LAND
In the summer of 2015, a group of pilgrims traveled to the Holy Land to participate in a pilgrimage through Saint George’s College, an Anglican continuing education center in Jerusalem.