Shopping, queues and milk

For many people the Pilgrimage would not be complete if it were not possible to take gifts back to people in their families, churches and communities. So after a very enjoyable lunch we head off to a local olive wood co-operative.  It helps to provide for a good many families and has a huge amount…

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Leaving and arriving

The Friday of the Diocesan Pilgrimage is always a very busy time as we move from our hotel in Jerusalem to our hotel in Tiberius.  We always say that this day marks a change of pace in the Pilgrimage as we head north to the Sea of Galilee in order to visit ‘Jesus’ parish’. As…

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The source of the River Jordan

After our lunch we boarded the coaches once again and head off into the Golan Heights in order to reach the spot where the River Jordan rises.  Our purpose in doing this is in order to re-affirm our baptismal vows in the River Jordan where Jesus was baptised by John. I always find re-affirming my…

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Thoughts of the Pilgrims

As you may remember from the blog on the first full day of the pilgrimage we started our visit at the Pater Noster Church. Just as we were leaving the coach and heading for the Church sadly one of our Pilgrims, Leslie, had a fall. None of us were quite sure what happened but a…

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And so to church

This morning I did make the sunrise although it was quite cloudy and so these are not the most spectacular sunrises that I have seen over the Lake.  But they are still pretty amazing.   I hope you enjoy them and that it might be clearer tomorrow. So after breakfast we are on the coaches again…

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High on a mountain

We arrived at the bottom of Mount Tabor and I know that many of the Pilgrims were not looking forward to the trip up the hairpin bends in the mini buses to the top of the mountain to see the Basilica of the Transfiguration.   Apparently some of the Pilgrims were so anxious about this that…

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Leaving & Arriving

It has just turned 10.30 at night UK time on Monday 26 February.  That means it’s 12.30am in Israel.  The Pilgrims are back in England and some of them, like me, might even be home.   It is strange to think that only this morning we were still in Tiberius. We had all hoped, I think,…

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Reflections on the Holy Land

Although we are now all safely back from our Pilgrimage some of my Pilgrim friends are reflecting for the blog on what they experienced whilst away.  I think that for all of us it will take time to re-adjust to being back in our ‘ordinary’ lives. One of them, Rose Marie Best, send me her…

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We have arrived!

The Southwark Diocesan Pilgrimage 2018 has begun. 84 Pilgrims travelled together from Heathrow to Tel Aviv where they were joined by one Pilgrim who had already travelled. Our flight was a bit delayed but we are pleased to be here and to be preparing for all that the next week will bring. When we arrived…

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One week to go…

‘…this time next week the Bishop of Southwark, The Rt Revd Christopher Chessun and his co-leader, the Dean, The Very Revd Andrew Nunn, will be very much hoping that all the pilgrims will have arrived and are checked in and ready to board our flight to Tel Aviv…’

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