Grace Cathedral

Grace Cathedral

May 26–June 6, 2023

Holy Land Pilgrimage

May 26–June 6, 2023

A Journey to the Holy Land

You are invited to join the Rev. Mark Stanger and other travelers as we walk in the footsteps of Jesus and generations of pilgrims. We will experience together the places of Jesus’ birth, life, ministry, death, and resurrection. Our veteran personal local guide, Canon Iyad Qumri, will lead us in encountering several faith traditions, ancient sites, vibrant markets, modern museums, and local communities in a land suspended between East and West, past and present.

We stay close to the local culture in comfortable air-conditioned guest rooms with private baths, eat delicious local cuisine, and travel with experienced local Christian guides who have led Episcopal Church pilgrims through the Holy Land for more than 20 years. Canon Stanger will serve as a spiritual guide, offering prayer, reflection, and interpretation times throughout our journey.

Deadline to register: February 24th

A Personal Look at Holy Land Pilgrimage, by the Rev. Canon Mark Stanger

Recent pilgrims Alexandra and John Dickerman generously desired to share by video some of the riches of walking the gospel route with Jesus and other seekers. After a very long day and many adventures, one evening in Nazareth, they sat me down, turned on the camera, and said “say something about what we are experiencing.” My throat was parched (very long day!), but my heart and mind were glowing. Hear about some highlights and what they might mean to a pilgrim. So much more might have been included, especially mealtimes, a glimpse at our lodgings, and other unique moments. I am so grateful for this loving record of the heart of our pilgrimage adventure. Come along!

Trip Highlights Include:

Learning and shared prayer in locations where key biblical events are commemorated:  Nazareth, Bethlehem, Capernaum, Sea of Galilee, Jericho, the Dead Sea, and Jerusalem.

Meet and pray with the “living stones” of the ever-diminishing communities of local Palestinian Christians, including an introduction to the vital ministries of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem.

Insights into the complex present-day political and interfaith challenges and opportunities of Israel-Palestine.