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Thursday of the First Week of Lent | Journey to Jerusalem

Welcome to Cathedral's Lenten Reflection series, "Journey to Jerusalem," where we are documenting Cathedral's pilgrimage to the Holy Land. You're invited to read a reflection from a pilgrim below, as well as a snippet of information about the Holy Land. We pray that learning about the Holy Land this Lent brings you deeper into your faith!

Reflections from a Pilgrim

Introducing Bob and Ann Marie! They share: "We love to travel, and we have been interested in visiting the Holy Land for a long time (1) to see where Jesus lived, preached, died and rose from the dead, and (2) to see the other ancient historical sites in Israel. This pilgrimage is a great opportunity to do just that, and we really appreciate the emphasis on this as a pilgrimage, and not just as a vacation. We are most excited about visiting Jerusalem (for obvious reasons) and spending time in Galilee where Jesus spent so much time during his public ministry. We have also heard from several friends that Petra is amazing."

Our pilgrims leave SATURDAY - please pray for them in their final preparations! 

Did you know?

This day our pilgrims will visit several important sites connected with the life of Jesus.  Shepherd's field is the area east of Bethlehem were Luke's gospel tells us the shepherd kept watch over their flocks.  It is where the angel appeared to them to announce the birth of Jesus.  The pilgrims will also visit the Basilica built over the Grotto of the Nativity located in Bethlehem in the West Bank.  Originally commissioned by Constantine in 327 AD, it remains the oldest major church in the Holy Land though the original church burnt down in the sixth century.  A visit to the Mount of Olives is also part of day's the itenerary.  Just east of Jerusalem, this spot has a great vista of the old city of Jerusalem.  Many figures in the Hebrew scriptures visited here and Jesus retreated here to pray and reflect.  It is the place where he foretold his second coming and the place from which he ascended to heaven.  Finally they will visit the Garden of Gethsemane which rests at the foot of the Mount of Olives.  It is the place where Jesus underwent his agony and was arrested prior to his crucifixion.