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“If I had taken this pilgrimage when I was thirty, the course of my whole life would have been different,” said a participant on a 2012 pilgrimage led by Jane Patterson and John Lewis.
This holy pilgrimage is designed as a time of prayer and reflection in the sacred sites of the life of Jesus. We have made every effort to balance a variety of sites with the need for time to process and meditate upon the meaning of these ancient places in our own lives of faith. A daily rhythm of prayer, silence, and conversation will shape our time together. This is a pilgrimage that could serve either as an introduction to the Holy Land or as a second, more reflective, trip for people who have visited before.
Land costs for the pilgrimage (lodging, meals, guide, entrance fees, tips) are set at $3000. The single supplement cost is $670. We have learned from experience that it is wise not to have everyone on the same flights, so we are leaving the air arrangements to you. Cost of economy airfare at the moment is around $1700-2000. Participants in the pilgrimage will need to be at St. George’s Guest House in Jerusalem by 4 p.m. on May 31st, 2017. Return flights should be scheduled for the evening of Tuesday, June 13th out of Tel Aviv, if you will be returning home directly following the pilgrimage. We recommend that pilgrims plan to arrive in Tel Aviv on Tuesday, May 30th, so that they can relax in that beautiful city before traveling to Jerusalem on the 31st. Our guide will be happy to assist with the ground transfer to Jerusalem on the 31st and the return to Tel Aviv on the 13th.
During the pilgrimage, we will be staying in two places, the Pilgrims’ Guest House at St. George’s College (site of the beautiful Episcopal Cathedral in Jerusalem) and the peaceful convent of the Sisters of Nazareth in Nazareth. Both the convent and Guest House serve delicious Middle Eastern food, and when on the road we enjoy local restaurants and cafes. Iyad Qumri, Canon in the Diocese of Los Angeles, will be our local guide. Iyad is skilled in making the arrangements that ensure that our time in the sacred sites is as uncrowded and focused as possible. As on previous trips, we will compile prayers and reflections for use by the pilgrims, and will be at the sites to link knowledge of the scriptures to their physical and historical context.
As we have done before, we will be scheduling meetings in San Antonio in the spring to help the group begin to form as a community and to prepare pilgrims for this experience.
Suggested arrival in Tel Aviv
Gathering at 5 p.m. at St. George’s Pilgrim Guest House: the pilgrimage begins
Western Wall, Dome of the Rock
Pools of Bethesda
Walk through the Old City
Walk home, learn the neighborhood
Evening: Muslim Perspective speaker
Mt Scopus & Herodium
Evening: Palestinian Perspective speaker
Shepherds’ Field, Bethlehem
Free afternoon (some may want to visit David’s Tower)
Eucharist at St. George’s
Wadi Qelt Eucharist
Mount of Temptation
Drive to Nazareth
Christ Church, Nazareth, visit with Fr. Nael
Mount of the Beatitudes
boat ride on the Galilee
Burqin (site of the healing of the ten lepers)
Nablus (site of Jesus’ conversation with the woman at Jacob’s well)
Taybeh (visit to a vibrant brewery)
Drive to Jerusalem
Dead Sea Float
Evening: Israeli Perspective speaker
Palm Sunday walk: Beth-Phage, Dominus Flevit, Garden of Gethsemane, Gallicantu
Dinner at the home of our guide, Iyad Qumri, in Jericho
Way of the Cross
Transfer to Tel Aviv, depart for US
If you are interested in participating in this pilgrimage, or in helping a young adult financially to attend the pilgrimage, please call or e-mail Katherine Buzzini, 210.599.4224, firstname.lastname@example.org.