Father Merrow will lead a pilgrimage of 35 parishioners to Jerusalem from February 27 to March 9, 2016. Those who go will explore the Old City of Jerusalem, its markets and its shrines including the Western Wall, the Dome of the Rock, and the Church of the Resurrection (Holy Sepulcher). You will visit the towns where Jesus lived or visited: Nazareth, Bethlehem, Capernaum, Jericho, Caesarea Philippi, Mount of Beatitudes, Nablus, and Emmaus. You will walk the Palm Sunday Procession; feel the life of the Judean desert, the Dead Sea, and the Jordan River. Pilgrims will have a chance to worship with Christians in ancient and modern churches and to learn more about the political realities of this complex landscape from knowledgeable Israeli, Christian and Arab speakers.
Keep in mind this won’t be a tour but a time together as a community of faith marked by worship, reflection and care for one another. Each participant is responsible for his or her airline reservations and payments. The land cost of the pilgrimage is $2,750 (double occupancy) or $3,310 (single occupancy). That covers all accommodations, three meals per day, transportation in a comfortable bus, entrance fee, speaker fees, guide fees, a gift to St. George’s College, a gift to the Sisters of Nazareth Convent, and tips. For details about the trip, please click here for the tentative itinerary and registration form.