Pilgrimage overview

January 20-31, 2022

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

It is my joy to invite you to join me in the winter of 2022 for a pilgrimage to the “Land of the Holy One.” For a number of years I have been making trips to Israel and Palestine for the purpose of both pilgrimage and building relationships.  In coordination with Lightline Pilgrimages once again we have developed a splendid pilgrimage.  This will be an incredible opportunity to both renew your faith and expand your knowledge of the land where Jesus lived out his ministry.  Quite literally, you will be walking in the places where Jesus walked, and you will be experiencing 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.  As pilgrims, locations and sites such as Bethlehem, the Jordan River, the Dead Sea, and the Garden of Gethsemane will transcend the mere points on a map to become living  symbols of faith.  

Friends, pilgrimage is a life-changing experience. Five years ago two of our pilgrims said the following about their pilgrimage experience:  “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 we will be sharing this pilgrimage with pilgrims from the Diocese of Alaska and can accept as many as 15-20 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 block the pilgrimage dates out on your calendars.  Be intentional about this opportunity, and make it a priority.  Next, fill out the booking form and get it in the mail, or go online and book on the Lightline website (lightlinena.com) by finding your pilgrimage under Upcoming Pilgrimages.

Included

  • Airfare
  • All airport departure & passenger taxes
  • Hotel Accommodations
  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Entrance fees & local government taxes
  • English speaking guides throughout the tour
  • Modern air-conditioned tour buses

Not Included

  • Single room supplement
  • Travel insurance
  • Any item of a personal nature
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Day 1: Thursday, JANUARY 20

We meet at Norfolk Airport late morning, to check in for our journey to Israel. After a short flight to Chicago, we change planes for our flight to Israel. Dinner will be served on the flight, and we hope to be able to sleep well as we head across the Atlantic to the Holy Land.

Day 2: friday, JANUARY 21

We land at Tel Aviv in the early afternoon. After clearing immigration and Customs formalities we will be met by the local Christians who will be our guide and driver throughout our journey, and make our way to our beautiful pilgrim guest house on the north shore of the Sea of Galilee. We will arrive in time to freshen up before dinner and an early night!

Day 3: saturday JANUARY 22

Today we will devote ourselves to the events of Jesus’ ministry of healing and teaching around the home he chose in Capernaum, on the Sea of Galilee. We will visit Capernaum itself, as well as sites associated with the Beatitudes, the commissioning of Peter, and the feeding of the Five Thousand. We will go out in a boat on the lake, and we will visit the newly-excavated First Century synagogue in Magdala, the home town of ‘the apostle to the apostles’, Mary Magdalene.

Day 4: Sunday, JANUARY 23

local Episcopal community in its celebration of the Eucharist in the town that saw the first announcement of the Good News. After lunch we will visit the Basilica of the Annunciation, built over what is believed to be the house in which the Holy Family lived, as well as nearby Cana, where Jesus performed his first sign. We will close the day with a visit to Mount Tabor, the site of Jesus’ transfiguration before Peter, James and John.

Day 5: monday, JANUARY 24

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 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. From here we make our way to Bethlehem, stopping in the town of Bethany, where Jesus would stay in the home of his friends Martha, Mary and Lazarus. Finally, we will arrive in the ‘little town’ of Bethlehem, situated behind the 27 foot high Separation Wall, where we will sleep for the next two nights.

Day 6: tuesday, January 25

Today will be devoted to discovering how the gift of abundant life promised in the Incarnation is lived out in Bethlehem. We will visit the Church of the Nativity and the Shepherds’ Fields, as well as two heart-warming examples of Christian mission in action. At the St. Vincent Crèche we will see love in action at the only Christian orphanage in the West Bank, and at Bethlehem University we will see hope in action in the nurture and training of many capable and committed local students.

Day 7: WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 26

Leaving Bethlehem after breakfast, we journey south to the major Palestinian city of Hebron, where we will visit the tombs of Abraham and the other matriarchs and patriarchs. We will also see very clearly the hideous complexity of the Occupation and its impact on the people of this city. After this we head towards Jerusalem, first to the Israel Museum, to see a vast model of the city as it was at the time of Christ. Our day will finish with a walk down the Mount of Olives from Bethphage to the Garden of Gethsemane. Tonight and our remaining nights in the Holy Land will be spent at our hotel in the Christian Quarter of the Old City of Jerusalem.

Day 8: thursday, JANUARY 27

We make an early start this morning to ascend the Temple Mount, to see the exterior of the Dome of the Rock and the Al-Aqsa Mosque. Later in the 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 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, before finishing our day at the church of St Peter in Gallicantu and recalling Peter’s betrayal of Jesus. Return to our hotel. Dinner and overnight stay in Jerusalem.

Day 9: friday, JANUARY 28

Our morning begins with a visit to the Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial, which records the history and pays poignant tribute to the victims of the Holocaust. From here we will visit the Monastery of the Cross - a beautiful Orthodox monastery set in a wooded area from which it is believed came the tree that provided the wood for Jesus’ cross. After lunch we will enter the Old City at St Stephen’s Gate to walk the Via Dolorosa, coming at last to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, built over the site of Jesus’ death, burial and resurrection.

Day 10: saturday, january 29

Today will be spent in the Dead Sea basin, starting with a visit to the breathtaking hill-top fortress of Masada. Built by Herod the Great some thirty years before the birth of Jesus, it was the site of a long siege by the Roman army that ended in 74CE after the mass suicide of almost 1000 Jewish rebels. After a break for lunch, we will visit the site at Qumran where the Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered, before finishing the day with an opportunity to float in the unique, mineral-laden waters of the Dead Sea.

Day 11: Sunday, january 30

On our final day of pilgrimage, we will gather for worship at St George’s Episcopal Cathedral, the mother church of the Diocese of Jerusalem. After the service, we hope to have the chance to meet the Archbishop or one of his staff. We will have some free time after the service (and lunch will not be provided today), before leaving Jerusalem mid afternoon. Making a brief stop at one of the churches associated with Emmaus, we head onwards to the beautiful town of Jaffa on the Mediterranean coast for our final dinner in the Holy Land. From here we drive to Tel Aviv airport to begin our journey home, flying overnight to Newark.

Day 12: monday, january 31

Landing at Newark in the early morning, we clear US immigration and Customs before flying onwards to Norfolk, where we land around 8am, ready to tell our family and friends of all that we have learned in the Land of the Holy One.

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