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A Pilgrimage

Posted by Chris, February 4, 2015

This month I was able to take a class at St George’s College in Jerusalem, which is an enclosed campus housing the Anglican Cathedral with guest housing and diocesan offices. The class, The Palestine of Jesus, essentially followed the Gospels throughout Israel. Each day we saw something new at various sites while reading the corresponding part of the Gospel.

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Holy Land 2013 | Blog 15

Posted by Ann, February 19, 2013

This course at St. George’s always ends with a visit to the road to Emmaus, the story of Jesus’ post-resurrection appearance where the disciples do not recognize Jesus as he walks alongside them. After all, Jesus has just died on the cross and then disappeared from the tomb. They are not expecting to see him alive. It is not until they all eat together that they realize he has been with them all along and it is at that moment he vanishes.

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Holy Land 2013 | Blog 14 | To feast or to fast?

Posted by Ann, February 18, 2013

Sunday morning began with Holy Eucharist at St. George’s Cathedral mostly in Arabic and a bit in English. Bishop Suheil Dawani, our recent guest at Christ Church, preached about the value of  fasting for Lent. I can assure you that fasting is not one of the things I have been doing since I arrived here.

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Holy Land 2013 | Blog 13 | The Shortest Lent on Record!

Posted by Ann, February 15, 2013

We learned yesterday from one of our course directors, Father Laurence Hilditch, that everyone should carry around with them two pieces of paper: one that says, You are dust and ashes, and the other that says, For you, the universe was created. I thought this Christian paradox was a perfect encapsulation of the shortest Lent on record.

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Holy Land 2013 | Blog 12 | Chris McMurray

Posted by Ann, February 15, 2013

A Holy Land reflection from pilgrim Chris McMurray: We spent the first eight days of our Holy Land pilgrimage focused, among other things, on Jesus’s life, teachings and miracles outside of Jerusalem. Our travels took us to such places as the Sea of Galilee (loaves and fishes, Sermon on the Mount, and others), Bethlehem, Nazareth, Cana (water into wine), Mt. Tabor (the Transfiguration), Bethany (Lazarus raised from the dead), and the wilderness where Jesus withstood the Devil’s temptations. 

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Holy Land 2013 | Blog 11 | A Valentine's Day Love Story

Posted by Ann, February 14, 2013

A Holy Land reflection from pilgrim Lee Ellett: Hello and Happy Valentine’s Day from Israel! Our group has spent our day atop the Mount of Olives, in the lush Garden of Gethsemane and traversing along the peak of Mt. Zion...glorious stops as part of our pilgrimage across this fascinating land. 

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Holy Land 2013 | Blog 10 | Birth and Renewal

Posted by Ann, February 13, 2013

A Holy Land reflection from pilgrim Patrick Archer: The themes of birth and renewal are constant in the Holy Land. Lent is a time to renew and strengthen our faith, just as pilgrims do here in this amazing land every day.

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Holy Land 2013 | Blog 9 | Milk and Ashes

Posted by Ann, February 13, 2013

Mt. Tabor is the mountain where the Transfiguration is said to have taken place. This is the scripture reading we just heard on Sunday (Luke 9: 28-35). As you approach the mountain, it juts gently but firmly out of the land in the shape of a woman’s breast. This is not my image, but belongs to Jerome Murphy-O’ Connor, a Dominican geologist who used it to describe Mt. Tabor in his 1980 book, The Holy Land: An Oxford Archaeological Guide from Earliest Times to 1700. If Jerusalem is considered the naval of the world – a place of origin – then Mt. Tabor is considered the breast - a place of nourishment, where pilgrims are fed spiritual milk from mother earth.

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Holy Land 2013 | Blog 8 | Uncovering the Layers

Posted by Ann, February 12, 2013

A reflection from Holy Land pilgrim Ted Ellett: On the sixth day of our pilgrimage we traveled to Galilee, the place where Jesus spent his boyhood, and where most of his teaching, preaching, and performing of miracles took place. On our pilgrimage we have been doing heavy walking with our eyes, focusing on quiet listening and watching, and letting the Holy Land flow through us and speak to us as we move about.

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Holy Land 2013 | Blog 7 | All Quiet on the Northern Front

Posted by Ann, February 12, 2013

We went to the far north of Israel this morning, an area I have not explored on any of my earlier trips. We visited Banias, where one of the springs that feeds the Jordan River gushes and I mean gushes out of the earth. Gurgling blue-green water threatened to jump over the banks of its many streams.

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