Holy Land Pilgrimage 2015
A Closer Walk With Thee
to the Holy Land
April 17-30, 2015
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A joint pilgrimage led by The Rev. Peter F. Walsh of St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, Anne Lynn of St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, Darien, in conjunction with the American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem.
Walk where Jesus walked.
Pray where Jesus prayed.
Experience Jesus’ teachings firsthand.
From the early centuries, prayerful pilgrims have made their way to the sacred places where Jesus lived and died and appeared after his Resurrection. Join us for this unforgettable journey. Highlights of the trip include, beginning in Jerusalem, 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 will travel to the West Bank town of Ramallah, and then visit the Churches of the Annunciation in Nazareth (where the angel Gabriel was said to have appeared to Mary). We will walk 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 will visit the Mount of Temptation in the Judean desert near Jericho and walk the Old Roman Road. Then it is back to Jerusalem where we will visit the Mount of Olives (the place from which Jesus ascended to heaven), walk the Palm Sunday Road, and experience for ourselves prayer at the Garden of Gethsemane. We’ll see the Church of St. Peter (where Peter denied Jesus three times), walk the Via Delarosa (Stations of the Cross), and pause for silent reflection at the empty tomb. We then proceed to Amman, Jordan, where we will visit the place of Jesus’ baptism by John the Baptist on the Jordan River. We will also witness the Episcopal Ministry of the Holy Land Institute for the Deaf and Blind and visit Mount Nebo. (There is also the potential for a side trip to the ancient city of Petra, for those who are interested.)