April 19-30, 2022
Led by the Rev. Dr. Steve Danzey
“Then the two disciples told the Eleven and those with them what had happened on the way, and how Jesus was recognized by them when he broke the bread.” Luke 24:35
Of all the stories of Jesus’ appearances after the Resurrection, the Gospel of Luke’s account of the two disciples’ mysterious encounter with the Risen Jesus has to be the most fascinating and compelling of all. As the story goes, two of Jesus’ followers left Jerusalem for the village of Emmaus. On the way there, a stranger joins them. When they reach Emmaus, the disciples invite the stranger to join them in a meal. You probably know the rest of the story! As the break is broken their eyes are opened, and they recognize the stranger as the Risen Lord.
Although several locations have been suggested throughout history, the exact geographical location of Emmaus is not known. This makes the story even more mysterious! Perhaps Emmaus is not so much a place to be seen as an experience to be shared. Join The Rev. Dr. Steve Danzey and the people of Good Samaritan, Sammamish, WA, in an Eastertide pilgrimage to the Holy Land in search of our own “Emmaus.” From the shores of the Sea of Galilee, at the site of Jesus’ birth in Bethlehem, and within the ancient walls of Jerusalem we will seek a fresh encounter with the Risen Christ. Walking where Jesus walked and taught, visiting sites venerated by generations of Christians, engaging in conversations with local Christians, listening to the stories of our Jewish and Muslim sisters and brothers will not only enrich your own faith but also be a way of engaging in God’s work of reconciliation and healing.
See for yourself the places where three great faiths have emerged. Deepen your understanding of the present realities that face the people of the land where Jesus walked. Experience Christ in the places we visit, the stories we hear and tell, the people we meet, and our worship on the sacred ground of the Land of the Holy One. Perhaps somewhere on our journey together, we will find our own “Emmaus”—that place where we recognize Christ and are changed forever!
The Rev. Dr. Steve Danzey is the Rector of Good Samaritan Episcopal Church in Sammamish, Washington. He has led numerous pilgrimages to destinations including the Holy Land and the Camino to Santiago de Compostella.
- All airport departure & passenger taxes
- Hotel Accommodations
- Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
- All gratuities, entrance fees and local government taxes
- English speaking guides throughout tour
- Modern air-conditioned tour buses
- Single room supplement
- Travel insurance
- any item of a personal nature
Day 1: TUESDAY, APRIL 19
We meet late morning at Sea-Tac Airport for our overnight flight to London’s Heathrow Airport. A meal 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, APRIL 20
Landing in London in the early morning we change planes to fly onwards to Tel Aviv. We land mid afternoon, and will be met by our guide and driver, who will take us 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, APRIL 21
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: FRIDAY, APRIL 22
Our morning begins with a visit to the town in which the Good News begun – Nazareth, where Mary met the archangel Gabriel. We will celebrate the Eucharist in the Episcopal parish, and see its work ‘made flesh’ at the remarkable High School run by the Diocese of Jerusalem.After a break for lunch, we will stop at Cana in Galilee, where Jesus performedhis first ‘sign’, before closing our day at Mount Tabor, believedby many to be the site of the Transfiguration. Return to our lakeside hotel in good time to freshen up before dinner. Overnight stay by theSea of Galilee.
Day 5: SATURDAY, APRIL 23
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 will journey on to the ‘little town’ of Bethlehem, situated behind the 27 foot high Separation Wall, where we will sleep for the next two nights.
Day 6: SUNDAY, APRIL 24
To celebrate the first day of the week we drive through the Separation Wall to Jerusalem to share in the Eucharist with the local Christian community at St George’s Episcopal Cathedral, where we also hope to have some time with the Archbishop or one of his staff. Returning to Bethlehem, we visit the Shepherds Fields and the Church of the Nativity - believed by Christians across the world to be the place where Jesus was born.
Day 7: MONDAY, APRIL 25
Checking out of our hotel in Bethlehem, we head south to the city of Hebron, where we will visit the Tombs of the Patriarchs, and see the impact of the Occupation on the life of this Palestinian city. Returning to Bethlehem, we will rejoice in the gift of life and Incarnation as we visit the St Vincent Creche, in whose chapel we will celebrate the Eucharist. After lunch we visit Bethany before making our way down the Mount of Olives, visiting the churches which celebrate Jesus’ triumphal entry on Palm Sunday, the giving of the Lord’s Prayer and Jesus weeping over Jerusalem. Finally we come to the Garden of Gethsemane and the Church of the Agony, where we recall Jesus’ betrayal and arrest. From here we make our way to our hotel in the Christian Quarter of the Old City, which will be our home for the remainder of our pilgrimage.
Day 8: Tuesday, APRIL 26
This morning we make the short journey to the city of Ramallah, to visit the thriving Episcopal parish and the adjacent Vocational Training Center to learn of its excellent work with young people - including sharing lunch cooked by students in its hospitality school. After lunch we will visit the River Jordan to renew our baptismal covenant, and go on to Qumran to see the place where the Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered. Finally we visit the Dead Sea to have the opportunity to float in its unique, mineral-laden waters.
Day 9: Wednesday, APRIL 27
Our morning begins with a journey to one or two of the Israeli settlements in the West Bank, to meet those who live and work there and hear something of their narrative. After lunch, we will visit Mount Zion, to visit and pray in the Abbey of the Dormition, the room associated with the Last Supper and the Day of Pentecost. Our afternoon closes at the church of St Peter in Gallicantu, built on what is believed to be the High Priest’s palace, in which Jesus was imprisoned on the last night of his life.
Day 10: Thursday, APRIL 28
We make an early start this morning in the hope of being allowed to ascend the Temple Mount, to get a close look at the Dome of the Rock and the Al Aqsa Mosque. From here we come to St Anne’s church and the pools of Bethesda, after which we make our way to the Ecce Homo Convent, and after celebrating the Eucharist, we will make our way prayerfully along the Via Dolorosa, until we come to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, and remember Christ’s death and burial. After lunch, for those who wish, there will be an optional visit to the Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial.
Day 11: friday, APRIL 29
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.
Day 12: Saturday, APRIL 30
We have an early start this morning to catch the first of our two flights to take us back home to Seattle, where we land at 5.15pm, ready to tell our friends of all we have learned in the Land of the Holy One.