Pilgrimage to the Holy Land – Day 1 (1 May 2017)

Day 1, May 1, 2017

After a 15-hour flight from San Francisco, my husband and I landed in Tel Aviv in the wee hours of this morning. We are staying in St. George’s guest house for pilgrims in Jerusalem. (Pic 1). After a few hours’ sleep, we had breakfast, and headed out by foot to explore old Jerusalem. We learned that the new city of Jerusalem is built over the ancient city – the actual place where Jesus walked. (Pic 2). There are select places where we can take stairs down below to the Jerusalem of 2000 years ago. The first location we came to was the place where the man lying by the healing pool, too crippled to get into the pool, was healed by Jesus. As we walked down the Via de Dolorosa (Pic 3), we wandered into St. Anne’s cathedral where we came upon a group of pilgrims singing in Portuguese. As we headed downstairs into “ancient” Jerusalem, we saw the general place where it is reported that Mary was born. (Pic 4)

After evening prayers, we met our fellow pilgrims, all Episcopalians, with whom we’ll be journeying these next 11 days. After dinner, we gathered to share our stories – what we were leaving behind and what we hoped to take home from this pilgrimage. I said I had left our Catholic Church Reform project behind (although not too far behind as we had our Strategy Team meeting via Zoom just an hour before dinner). I shared that my prayer on this pilgrimage will be to ask Jesus for guidance how we can follow in his footstep and continue the movement he began 2000 years ago – networking small loving communities of Christians one with another around the world. I honored my companion pilgrims by sharing that our work at CCRI is seeking the renewal of the Roman Catholic Church to have what they in the Episcopal church already have – all welcomed to the Eucharist, married priesthood, active lay leadership, and, most especially, for all the baptized to have a decisive voice in the governance of our church.


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