Thank you for indicating an interest in participating in the St. Mary’s Pilgrimage to Jerusalem and the Land of Jesus during March 2—14, 2018. Contact information for 2016 pilgrims who went to Jerusalem in Lent of 2016 is attached. Please speak with at least one of them as you discern your participation in this pilgrimage to get a better idea of what is involved.
Attached you will find answers to many of your questions. Cameron will be happy to assist in any way she can. We are so looking forward to this trip and barring a State Department ban on travel to this area we will go forward as planned.
I want to underscore and differentiate, as I understand it, between a tour and a pilgrimage. Tours are fine things but we are not going to this deeply troubled part of the world as tourists.
We are going as a community of faith to communities of faith — Episcopal, Orthodox, Catholic, Monastic. Our time together will be marked by worship, reflection, and care for one another. Each person on the pilgrimage will have the opportunity to lead us in prayer as we gather on the bus at the start of the day, to help lead our worship, and to participate with other Christians when we gather to worship on the two Sundays we are there.
We hope to have two evening presentations while at St. George’s about the current impasse between Israelis and Palestinians. Our meals will be communal at the Guest House of St. Georges Cathedral on the grounds of the St. George’s College.
We will gather at St. Mary’s on two occasions in preparation for our trip. I hope everyone can attend to get to know one another and to do some preliminary study. Karen Armstrong’s Jerusalem is highly recommended reading between now and then. It is not for the faint of heart, however. She is very thorough.
This trip truly is a time set apart ripe for the Holy Spirit to move among us. Let us prepare ourselves in heart, body, and mind that God would use this experience to sharpen us as tools of his reconciling love made known perfectly in Christ Jesus Our Lord.