Visiting the Holy Land is a profound and unforgettable experience. It transforms the way we read the Bible and allows us to connect to our faith in a way that cannot be replicated anywhere else. Whether visiting the birthplace of Christ in Bethlehem, dipping your hand into the Jordan River at the Baptism Site, or following the footsteps of Jesus along the Via Dolorosa in Jerusalem, ICoHS encourages pilgrimage for all who are able.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Too often, pilgrims travel thousands of miles to be in the Holy Land and fail to engage with the Churches that have been welcoming pilgrims and maintaining these sites for nearly 2,000 years. ICoHS is actively developing a pilgrimage programme that directly benefits Christians in a number of ways:

 

  • Visiting churches: Whether visiting the grandeur of the Holy Sepulchre or churches off the beaten path in Galilee, stepping into a church help us understand how our brothers and sisters in the Holy Land worship and welcome pilgrims. 

  • Hearing their story: We have much to learn from Christians in the Holy Land. As descendants of the earliest Christian communities formed by the disciples, Christians are a vibrant minority in the region. Engaging people is a powerful tool to understand the history of our faith and the region more broadly. 

  • Understanding the context: The voices of Christians often get overlooked in the regional conflict, but the Churches play a vital role in the peace-building process. Listening to Christians and their church leaders illuminate the ways in which Christians in the Holy Land live out the peace of Christ by welcoming everyone.

  • Keeping it balanced: ICoHS wants pilgrims to leave pilgrimage spiritually nourished, but we also hope pilgrims will return home with a greater understanding of the complexities of the region. Living with difference is important in so many societies, and those challenges are amplified in Jerusalem. 

  • Economic: Churches welcome millions of pilgrims to the Holy Land every year, maintaining and facilitating scores of sites often without asking for donations. We encourage visitors and pilgrims to give generously to the ministries of the Churches in the Holy Land. 

 

If you have questions about pilgrimage as it relates to the topics above, please don’t hesitate to get in touch. 

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