Parish Pilgrimage to the Holy Land Daily Blog

 

From Tuesday 16th - Thursday 25th May 2017, a group of 19 pilgrims, largely from St John's, Waterloo, undertook a pilgrimage to the Holy Land, following in the footsteps of Jesus.  The group was led by The Revd Jeffrey Risbridger and The Revd Jane Winter, with the expert help of a Palestinian guide, and was a great blessing to all who went.  You can follow the group's daily progress and reflections by reading the Daily Blog below, written by a different member of the group each day.  You can also see a gallery of photos from the trip here.

 

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Day 10: Pilgrims at 38,000 feet!

Published on Thu, 25 May 2017 23:45
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Today's final blog is in two parts: one entry by Jane followed by one by Jeff.


Today we leave the Ho...

Day 9: At the centre of it all

Published on Thu, 25 May 2017 03:07
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At St. Johns we’re used to being at the centre of it all. We’re close to the seat of government and pride ourselves as a vibrant city church at the geographical heart of L...

Day 8: Nazareth

Published on Tue, 23 May 2017 20:13
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Today started with the sad news from Manchester, made even more emotional to us as it appears that a family member of our party who was at the event is still missing....

Day 7: Another day of more contrasts

Published on Mon, 22 May 2017 16:54
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We left Jerusalem today as President Trump arrived. We thought we saw Airforce One flying over on its way to Jerusalem. On this possibly historic day it's hard to be as confiden...

Day 6: Where is God?

Published on Sun, 21 May 2017 21:18
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When we first visited the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem, we wanted to know where God was in what seemed to be a tourist attraction. Today, very early in the morning,...

Day 5: Inn and Out

Published on Sun, 21 May 2017 03:32
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Half way through our pilgrimage, you would have thought we would be slowing down. After days that expanded as if they were weeks with the sheer amount of holy sights we managed ...

Day 4: Desert? What desert?!

Published on Sat, 20 May 2017 04:31
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Well after the emotional and sensory overload of our first two full days in this amazing place, a chance to recuperate and reflect....

Day 3: Contrasts and Contradictions

Published on Fri, 19 May 2017 04:40
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It’s been an amazing day of contrasts and contradictions. Apart from a short coach ride to the Zion Gate, the rest of our time was spent on foot within the walled city of Jeru...

Day 2: What a day!

Published on Wed, 17 May 2017 16:36
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What a day! There have been so many different experiences and situations that it's difficult to know where to start. Images and sounds crowd in: the peacefulness of a cool churc...

Day 1: The journey begins.....

Published on Tue, 16 May 2017 20:00
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So, the long awaited, much anticipated Parish Pilgrimage to the Holy Land begins! As we all gathered at Heathrow Airport this morning, I was struck by the sheer diversity of the...