Past Pilgrimages: 2017 Trip To The Holy Land
A Journey to the
April 18-May 1, 2017
An unforgettable pilgrimage led by The Rev. Peter Walsh of St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, and local guide Canon Iyad Qumri
Walk where Jesus walked.
Pray where Jesus prayed.
Experience Jesus’ teachings
From the early centuries, prayerful pilgrims have made their way to the sacred places where Jesus lived and died and appeared after his Resurrection. This was an unforgettable journey.
Highlights of the trip included visits to the Church of the Holy Sepulcher (the site venerated as Golgotha, where Jesus was crucified), the famous Western Wall (the most holy site in Judaism, the Dome of the Rock and the Shrine of the Book (where the Dead Sea Scrolls are housed). We will visit Bethlehem and the Church of the Nativity in Manger Square (the oldest church in Christendom), as well as Shepherds’ Field and the Herodium (King Herod’s palace). The group traveled to the West Bank town of Ramallah, and then visited the Churches of the Annunciation in Nazareth (where the angel Gabriel Mary). We walked the shores of the Sea of Galilee and visit Capernaum (the site of St. Peter’s house), the Mount of Beatitudes (where Jesus delivered the Sermon on the Mount) and then Tabgha (where the miracle of the loaves and fishes is said to have occurred). We visited the Mount of Temptation in the Judean desert near Jericho and walk the Old Roman Road. Then it was back to Jerusalem where we visited the Mount of Olives (the place from which Jesus ascended to heaven), walked the Palm Sunday Road, and experienced for ourselves prayer at the Garden of Gethsemane. We saw the Church of St. Peter (where Peter denied Jesus three times), walked the Via Delarosa (Stations of the Cross), and paused for silent reflection at the empty tomb. We then visited the place of Jesus’ baptism by John the Baptist on the Jordan River. We also visited the famous city of Petra in Jordan to top off the trip!
To download a PDF of the itinerary, click here.