Early in the 4th Century, C.E., the Empress Helena, mother of Constantine, traveled from Western Europe to the Holy Land. A strong and resilient woman, she was undaunted by the demands that to such a long journey made in those times. Legend has it that she was in search of the concrete realities that underpinned this new Christian faith. If Christ was indeed crucified, and raised from the dead, then this must have happened not in books and stories, but in a certain place. Helena went to find the place, to see and pray where it all happened. Her journey changed her life, that of her son, and the entire world. Since that time millions of Christians have followed where Helena led.

You are invited to join us on pilgrimages that visit the same places as those to which Helena journeyed some 1600 years ago. Thanks to Helena, and to many who came after her, there are impressive and moving churches, sites and shrines in which countless Christians of all traditions have prayed over many centuries, and a Lightline pilgrimage will take you to many of these important places. Typically, a Lightline pilgrimage will start with three nights by the Sea of Galilee, exploring the north of the country, before spending some nights in Bethlehem and in Jerusalem, as the life and ministry of Jesus is followed towards the inevitable destination of the Way of the Cross, and the Resurrection.

However, our Holy Land pilgrimages do much more than simply pay attention to the ‘dead stones’ of Israel and Palestine. All of our pilgrimages involve visits to and encounters with those who live and work in this complex and challenging region today – most particularly the local Christian communities, including the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem. So any Lightline pilgrimage will bring you into contact with the ‘Living Stones’, and help you share a small part of the daily lives, culture, faith and challenges that today’s Christians experience, and we are confident you will be moved by their witness, their courage and their faith.

We also offer our pilgrims contact with Jews and Muslims living and working in Palestine and Israel, as suits the needs of each particular pilgrimage itinerary and those leading such a trip, so that our groups may learn of other experiences and perspectives that impact on life in these lands today. These visits have included encounters with peace activists, hard-line settlers, journalists, religious leaders and politicians.

Mar 12 Days Newark Holy Land Pilgrimages
12 days

COME AND SEE – A Pilgrimage Following the Footsteps of Jesus

MARCH 14-25, 2023

Led by the Rev. Marek Zabriskie

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May 12 Days Houston Holy Land Pilgrimages
12 days

“COME AND SEE”- A Pilgrimage to the Holy Land

May 1-12, 2023

Led by Fr. Bill Miller & Sandy Miller

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Mar 11 Days Seattle Holy Land Pilgrimages
11 days

FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF JESUS – A Pilgrimage to the Holy Land Sponsored by the Wisdom School At St. Mark’s Cathedral

March 3-13, 2023

Led by The Very Rev. Steve Thomason, Dean of St Mark’s Cathedral, Seattle & The Rev. Katherine Sedwick, Rector of St Michael and All Angels Church, Issaquah

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Oct 12 Days Norfolk, Virginia Holy Land Pilgrimages
12 days
Nov 11 Days Washington Dulles Holy Land Pilgrimages
11 days
Oct 12 Days Norfolk, Virginia Holy Land Pilgrimages
12 days

A PILGRIMAGE OF DISCOVERY – A Journey to the Holy Land for the People of Eastern Shore Chapel

October 11-22, 2022

Led by the Rt. Rev. Jay Magness, VI Bishop for the Armed Forces and Federal Ministry (Resigned)

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