The pilgrims are: 

Bishop David  Irving,  Joan Irving, Alex Parsons, Shelley Sadoway, Bill Richards, Sandra Beardsall, Gordon Lines, Dolores Lines, Scott Pittendrigh,  Sarah Donnelly, Dan Hughes, Shawn Sanford-Beck ,Trevor Malyon, Kenneth Watts, Barbara Forsyth, Gyllian Davies,  Paula Foster, Jessica Latshaw , Marie -Louise Ternier-Gommers,  Janet Bigland-Prichard, Jie Pei and Amy Bunce.

Last Day:  The afternoon of our last day of pilgrimage and we are at the Crusader
Church in Emmaus where Bishop David was asked to preside at the closing
Eucharist.
We have two free days to explore the streets of Jerusalem, pray and meditate
before we fly home on Saturday.


Day 9:  Today we walked the ancient "Way of the Cross" to the church of the Holy
Sepulchre.

"Early on the first day of the week, while it was still dark, Mary Magdalene
came to the tomb and saw that the stone had been removed." John 20:1

Day 8:  A day to deepen our appreciation for the complexities of a "not so holy
land" of contemporary experience. We drove south of Bethlehem to visit the
Dheisheh Palestinian Refugee Camp which dates back to 1948 and currently is
home to 14,000  Palestinians. We then travelled to visit a nearby Jewish
settlement called Efrata and in the afternoon visited the Holocaust
Memorial.

Day 7:  Sunday afternoon. We left Nazareth and drove to the coastal city and harbour of Caesarea we wandered through the ruins and sat in the amphitheatre which once was the main city of Herod.


Day 7:  Sunday morning we joined the local Anglican community at Christ Church in
Nazareth. Bishop David was asked to lead part of the service which was
conducted half in English and half in Aramaic. After worship we joined the
local community for coffee and to celebrate with them a young girls 18th
birthday.


Day 6:  Visited the Basilica of the Annunciation (Luke 1:26-38) in Nazareth and the

Sisters of Nazareth Convent.
We then travelled to Caesarea Philippi ( Matthew 16:13-28) and then we drove
along the Golan Heights. We stopped to look down over an area of Syria with
Israeli defence systems to our back and could hear missiles landing in
Syria. We prayed for peace. 

Rolling stop tomb in Nazareth

 

DAY 5: After visiting the Mosque we went to the West Wall/Wailing Wall hallowed by
Judaism before exploring the remains of the Second Temple.


We left Jerusalem and travelled along the Jordon Valley north when we reached the Sea of Galilee we went along the eastern shore  to  Capernaum.  Matt 8:5-18, Luke 7:1-10, John 6:52-59) From Capernaum we moved to the Mount of Beatitudes (Matt 5:1-12) We are in Nazareth tonight and tomorrow on Sunday we head back to Jerusalem.

 

Remains of Capernaum.

 

DAY 4:  Thursday February 1st we began our day at the Muslim Haram esh Sharif where we were fortunate to visit inside the Dome of the Rock and go into the underground cave, which normally only Muslims can enter as it is a very sacred site to them. We were also permitted inside the Mosque on the Temple platform.  You will see by the pictures the women had to cover themselves with only their faces, hands and feet showing before entering.

Thursday afternoon we spent visiting the Israel Museum the white dome houses the Dead Sea Scroll exhibit. The white dome symbolizes the lids of the jars in which the first scrolls were found.

The white dome symbolizes the lids of the jars in which the first scrolls were found; the contrast between the white dome and the black wall alongside it alludes to the tension evident in the scrolls between the spiritual world of the "Sons of Light" (as the Judean Desert sectarians called themselves) and the "Sons of Darkness" (the sect's enemies). The corridor leading into the Shrine resembles a cave, recalling the site where the ancient manuscripts were discovered.

Friday we will be travelling north to the region of Galilee.


DAY 3, part 2:

In the afternoon, we visited Qumran the site of the discovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls. The scrolls were found in eleven caves on the mountain above Qumran the photo of this cave is the most important as over 700 scrolls were found in this cave.

Qumran was the highlight of the day for the Rev. Dr. Bill Richards being a New Testament professor he also shared some of his insights with the whole group.

The final part of the day was to go down to the Dead Sea where seven of our group floated on the sea and seven just paddled.


Day 3 part 1:  Bishop David led the group in the renewal of Baptismal Vows standing in the Jordan River.

After Baptism Comes the Wilderness – As Jesus went into the wilderness after his baptism Canon Shawn Sanford Beck follows his footsteps.


DAY TWO:  The first photo shows the Visitation Church at Ein Karem the home of Elizabeth and Zechariah.

We travelled to next to Bethlehem stopping at an area which it is thought to be hill the shepherds were on when they were spoken to by an angel announcing the birth of Jesus. The photo of the cave is where shepherds kept their sheep at night.

Then we arrived in Bethlehem and went to the Basilica of the Nativity and we went down under the church to a cave which is thought to be the birth place of Jesus. 

 




 

DAY ONE: Magnificat – Our pilgrims reading The Magnificat.  This plaque is located outside of Visitation Church and is the beginning of our journey in the footsteps.


Orientation to Jerusalem

A day of orientation to the city of Jerusalem. The old city of Jerusalem.

Some pilgrims listening to Canon Richard LeSueur talking about the old city of Jerusalem on Mount of Olives.

Inside the old city at the Bethesda pools which is next to St.Ann's church it is through that these were the pools that Jesus healed a sick man. John 5

Early start tomorrow travelling to Ein Karein home of Elizabeth and Zeecharian and then to Bethleham to pray at the Basilica of the nativity.

 

WATCH THIS SPACE FOR POSTINGS WITH PICTURES OF THE GROUP'S ACTIVITIES.  THE GROUP WILL BE AWAY FROM JANUARY 27 TO FEBRUARY 10.

"The Footsteps of Jesus" is the name of a course at St. George’s College, Jerusalem that a group made up of Bishop David and twenty-one clergy and spouses from the Diocese of Saskatoon. Joan Irving has organized the pilgrimage and is the co-ordinator of the diocesan group. 

The course is a pilgrimage and will allow the group to follow the journey that Jesus’ first disciples made through the Holy Land as the followed Jesus. The group will be guests of ‘living stones’, the local Palestinian Christian community for most of the course with two nights in Nazareth. 

The participants hope to visit the following places during their course:

  • The place of Jesus' birth in Bethlehem.
  • The fields where angel visited the shepherds (Luke 2.8-20).
  • Jesus' childhood home and the site of the Annunciation in Nazareth.
  • The site of Christ's baptism (where there is an opportunity to renew baptismal vows).
  • The desert where Jesus was tempted after his baptism.
  • The Sea of Galilee, including Jesus "own town" (Matt. 9.1), Capernaum.
  • Caesarea Philippi, where Peter answered Christ's question, "Who do you say that I am?" (Mark 8.29).
  • The source of the Jordan River.
  • The site of the Transfiguration (Matt. 17.1-8).
  • Bethphage - Jesus entered Jerusalem in triumph (Mark 11.1-10).
  • The Garden of Gethsemane (Mark 14.32-49).
  • The remains of the Jerusalem Temple complex from Jesus' day (i.e. the Wailing Wall).
  • The Way of the Cross, the site of the crucifixion and Jesus' tomb.
  • Emmaus, where Christ appeared after his resurrection (Luke 24.13-31).
  • A chance to worship with the local Anglican community.