October 11-22, 2022
Led by the Rt. Rev. Jay Magness , VI Bishop for the Armed Forces and Federal Ministry (Resigned)
In cooperation with your Rector, the Rev’d Cameron Randall, it is my joy to invite you to join us in the autumn of 2022 for a pilgrimage to the Holy Land, or as it is described by others, the “Land of the Holy One.” In coordination with Lightline Pilgrimages, once again we have developed what I believe will be a splendid pilgrimage. This will be an incredible opportunity for pilgrims to both renew their faith and expand their knowledge of the land where Jesus lived out his ministry. For a number of years I have been making trips to Israel and Palestine for the purpose of both pilgrimage and building relationships with our fellow Christians who live there.
As pilgrims, you will be walking in the places where Jesus walked, and you will be experiencing much of the world that our Lord experienced. In my opinion, there is no substitute for engagement with the sights, feels, and sounds of this sacred land – many of which have not changed for thousands of years. Locations and sites such as Bethlehem, the Jordan River, the Dead Sea, Qumran and the Garden of Gethsemane will be transformed from being mere points on a map to becoming living symbols of faith.
Friends, pilgrimage is a life-changing experience. A few years ago two of my pilgrims described their pilgrimage experience in this way: “The trip to Israel… with Jay Magness and our Christian guide… will always be our most memorable and powerful travel experience. It was a combination of our faith, Biblical history, and the Holy Land. For Christians it takes your faith to a new level and makes the Bible come alive. The trip was life altering — a journey not to be missed.” (Bev and Jim K.)
We will be able to take up to 28 persons on our 2022 pilgrimage. If you believe that you want to join a unique company of Christ-followers for this memorable trip, without delay I encourage you to do two things. The first is to be intentional about this opportunity and block the pilgrimage dates out on your calendars. Make it a priority. Next, book your place, either mailing in this booking form or going online to www.lightlinena.com and submitting your details there.
After February 14, applications will be opened up to persons outside Eastern Shore Chapel, so decide soon and act quickly!
- All airport departure & passenger taxes
- Hotel Accommodations
- Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
- Entrance fees & local government taxes
- Modern air-conditioned tour buses
- Single room supplement
- travel insurance
- Any item of a personal nature
Day 1: Tuesday, October 11
We meet in the morning at Norfolk Airport for the brief flight to Newark, where we will have time to purchase lunch before boarding our afternoon flight to Tel Aviv. Dinner will be served on board and we will have the chance to try and get a good night’s sleep before landing tomorrow morning.
Day 2: wednesday, october 12
We land in Israel mid morning, and will be met by our guide and driver, with whom we will travel north to the Galilee. After a stop for lunch, we will begin our pilgrimage by ascending Mount Tabor, believed to be the site of the Transfiguration. From here, we will be taken to our beautiful pilgrim guest house on the north shore of the Sea of Galilee, which will be our home for the next three nights.
Day 3: thursday, october 13
Our day begins with a visit to the major coastal city of Haifa, where we have the chance to visit the local Episcopal parish of St John’s, Haifa, and see the remarkable work undertaken in its school, which has won many awards from the Israeli government for its ministry in education. After lunch, we come to Nazareth, the town in which the Good News of Jesus was first spoken by an angel to a young woman. We visit the Basilica of the Annunciation and the Synagogue Church, before stopping in Cana, to commemorate Jesus’ first sign, when he changed water to wine. We return home to our hotel for our evening meal. Overnight stay by the Sea of Galilee.
Day 4: friday, october 14
Today will be devoted to a leisurely exploration of the area that was the base for Jesus’ ministry by the northern shore of the Sea of Galilee. We will visit sites associated with the call of the first disciples, the multiplication of the loaves and fishes, the teaching of the Sermon Mount, and the village of Capernaum. We will also sail on a modern-day version of the kind of boat used for fishing at the time of Jesus and also see the remains of a similar boat which dates back to the early First Century.. We will also visit the recently excavated first century synagogue at Magdala, the birthplace of Mary Magdalene, before returning to our hotel in good time to freshen up before dinner. Overnight stay by the Sea of Galilee.
Day 5: saturday, october 15
Leaving the beauty and tranquility of the Galilee, we will journey through the heart of the West Bank to the major Palestinian city of Nablus. We will see the work of St Luke’s Episcopal Hospital, providing significant specialist medical care in the heart of the city, and visit Jacob’s Well, which was already a place of pilgrimage in the time of Jesus. After lunch we come to the Jordan River to renew our Baptismal Covenant, before arriving into the ‘little town’ of Bethlehem, situated behind the 27-foot high Separation Wall. We will stay here for two nights, in a delightful family-run hotel close to Manger Square.
Day 6: sunday, october 16
We journey to Jerusalem this morning to join the local Episcopal community for its Sunday Eucharist at St George’s Cathedral, the seat of the Episcopal diocese of Jerusalem. Once we have had a chance to meet our sister and brother Episcopalians over coffee we return to Bethlehem and visit the Shepherds Fields and the Church of the Nativity, reminding ourselves again of the story of the Good News of the Incarnation.
Day 7: monday, october 17
This morning we will see how the Good News is lived out in the Bethlehem of today, visiting two remarkable institutions that serve the local community. First we will visit the St Vincent Creche, offering loving care to abandoned babies and small children. From here we go to Bethlehem University where we will be inspired by the commitment of highly capable and committed students from across the West Bank. After lunch, we drive to Jerusalem and to the summit of the Mount of Olives for a breathtaking view of the Old city and its surrounding medieval walls. We then begin to trace Jesus’ Palm Sunday journey from Bethphage, down the mountain, stopping at two churches on the way, before reaching the Garden of Gethsemane, and the profoundly moving Church of the Agony. From here it is but a short distance to our hotel in the Old City, which will be our home for the remaining nights of our pilgrimage.
Day 8: TUESDAY, OCTOBER 18
This morning we journey south from Jerusalem to the ancient city of Hebron, the burial place of Abraham and the patriarchs, where we will also see the hideous complexity of occupation and division in clear focus in the center of the city. After lunch we return to Jerusalem and ascend Mount Zion to visit sites associated with the Last Supper, the Day of Pentecost and the falling asleep of Mary, and the church of St. Peter in Gallicantu and recalling Peter’s betrayal of Jesus. Finally we will visit the Israel Museum, to see a remarkable scale model of Jerusalem at the time of Christ, and the ‘Shrine of the Book’, which will inform us about the history of the Dead Sea Scrolls.
Day 9: WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 19
This morning we will meet members of Settler communities living in the main settlement blocks south of Jerusalem, to see the environment in which they live, and learn something about their outlook and understanding of the politics and sovereignty of the lands of this region. After lunch we will visit Qumran, to see where the Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered, before having the chance to bathe in the unique waters of the Dead Sea.
Day 10: THURSDAY, OCTOBER 20
We will make an early start to visit the Western Wall and Temple Mount before coming to the start of the Via Dolorosa and walking the Way of the Cross through the crowded streets of the Old City towards the Church of the Holy Sepulchure. After a break for lunch we will have the choice a of a free afternoon to explore the Old City or the opportunity of visiting the Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial Museum and Park.
Day 11: friday, october 21
On this, our final day in the Holy Land, we will visit one of the sites associated with biblical Emmaus, the village of Abu Ghosh, where we will pray together as pilgrims one last time. From here, like the two disciples who encountered the risen Christ, we will return to Jerusalem, to enjoy the rest of the day as free time to revisit favorite sites, pray, shop or just rest. Lunch will not be provided today. Mid afternoon we will leave Jerusalem and drive down to the Mediterranean city port of Jaffa, Biblical Joppa where we will have time to explore this town before dinner. After an early dinner we drive on to Tel Aviv’s Ben Gurion airport for our journey home.
Day 12: saturday, october 22
Landing at Newark in the early morning, we clear immigration and Customs, and then catch our short flight onwards to Norfolk, landing just before 8am. From here we go our separate ways, ready to speak of all that we have seen and discovered in the Land of the Holy One and to tell all those whom we meet about what has happened to us on the road...