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Wednesday 26 September to Monday 7 October 2019

Holy Land Pilgrimage 2019 - Led by The Ven Mark Ireland

The Archdeacon of Blackburn, the Venerable Mark Ireland, will be leading a pilgrimage to Israel and Jordan with his wife Gill in autumn 2019. The dates are 26 September - 7 October 2019.

This will be a pilgrimage with a difference - suitable for those who have never been to Israel before, but also offering something extra for those who have. As well as visiting the well-known sites associated with the ministry of Jesus in Galilee, Bethlehem and Jerusalem, we shall also visit the Kingdom of Jordan, sometimes called ‘the other Holy Land’.

Here we will visit a number of ancient Christian sites, renew our baptismal vows at the actual place of Jesus’ baptism, and stand on Mount Nebo, looking out over the Promised Land, as Moses did over 3,000 years ago. We will also visit the stunning remains of Petra, which at the time of Jesus, was a magnificent city of commerce.

This is a pilgrimage – our aim is to read and reflect on the events recorded in the Scriptures in the places where they happened, and so grow in our discipleship as followers of Jesus. We will see some amazing artefacts, such as a Galilean fishing boat from the time of Jesus, and hear about recent archaeological discoveries from a Biblical scholar based at St George’s College in Jerusalem.

This will be quite an active journey, with enjoyable things to do as well as things to see, including a walk in the desert and a clamber through Hezekiah’s tunnel. We will also meet with local Christians, both Messianic and Palestinian, who are the ‘living stones’, and seek to understand what it means to live as a follower of Jesus amid the complex realities of life in Israel, Palestine and Jordan today.

We also plan to visit one of the very ancient Christian monasteries still in existence, and to reflect on the place of the desert in Christian spirituality. We pray that those who come will come back deepened in faith, having walked in the footsteps of Jesus.

If you might be interested in joining the pilgrimage, please email kelly.quinn@blackburn.anglican.org for a brochure, or ring 01254 958836.