A pilgrimage is a journey to a holy place or a time of travel to commemorate great events in salvation history. It is an opportunity to bring our petitions, praise, and thanksgiving to a place blessed in some way by the presence of God or His saints. It is also a symbol of what our lives should always be as Christians on our earthly journey towards heaven.

Holy Land: Journey in faith where the bible comes alive

The Holy Land is the physical manifestation of God's love for us. While other shrines and locations hold echos of His truth, the Holy Land imbibes God's love and sacrifice for us all.

 

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A pilgrimage to Jerusalem—the living gospel

Travel by motorcoach to Mount Tabor to visit the beautiful basilica and the rock under the altar where the Transfiguration took place. We've heard about the "Wedding at Cana," but now you get the chance to actually go there. The Wedding Church is where Jesus performed the first of His miracles, turning water into wine for the guests. In Bethany, visit the church and the Tomb of St. Lazarus. Other places to captivate and recharge your spirituality are the Old City of Jerusalem, home to St. Anne's Church and the Pools of Bethesda (the pool where Jesus heals a paralytic man). Don't forget to go to the place that started it all: Bethlehem where Jesus was born. Indeed, the Holy Land allows pilgrims the chance to be a part of the physical Gospel. What are you waiting for?

 


 

Mount of Olives, church. 286kb

Best times to travel to Israel

Weather-wise—fall and spring. Summers can bring sweltering temperatures while winters remain rainy and chilly. When traveling to Jerusalem, be mindful that popular holidays (Sukkot, Passover) mean that there will be a surge of tourism and prices will go up. (For more information on weather in Israel, visit here.) With the violence going on Israel, it is advised that you follow the news media to stay-up-date with the risk of traveling to Israel and discern your decision based on that. 

 


 

Holy Land Pilgrimage guidelines

The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) compiled guidelines for traveling to the Holy Land. In their first guidelines, pilgrimages "should be planned and carried out as a genuinely religious exercise in the spirit of prayer, with reverent openness to the workings of the Spirit and the possibilities of conversion of life." Other guidelines outline the need for a spiritual director, time for prayer and celebration of the Sacraments, and celebration of Sacred Liturgy.

 


 

Can I see a sample pilgrimage?

A pilgrimage to the Holy Land --  where it all started -- could be the best thing you ever do. Want to change some of the itinerary? No problem! We tailor all of our itineraries to meet the needs of the group. Want to see if we already have a pilgrimage to the Holy Land planned and ready to go? Check our Current Pilgrimages listings!

 

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