Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Holy Land Pilgrimage 2006

...with Spiritual Director Father Mitch Pacwa 

Palm Sunday, April 9, 2006  

Jerusalem was quite busy for our pilgrimage, in addition to Holy Week  the Jewish celebration of Passover in 2006 began in the evening on Wednesday, April 12 and ended in the evening on Thursday, April 20.  Holy Week doesn't always fall during Passover, but in 2006 it did - as it will again this year in 2014.  

We woke up bright and early on Palm Sunday morning and made our way to the old section of Jerusalem to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre for Palm Sunday Mass.  Following Mass we went to Bethphage to participate in the Palm Sunday Procession.  

Visit Franciscan Media Center for videos of the Procession and Holy Sites 

Holy Land Pilgrimage with Father Mitch Pacwa - Holy Week 2006 

On Saturday, April 8 2006, Kevin Arthur and I were just arriving in Amman, Jordan for a flight transfer to Tel Aviv, Israel where we boarded a bus to Jerusalem. Arriving late in the evening at our hotel we ate a wonderful buffet prior to retiring for the evening in preparation for a Holy Week pilgrimage following in the footsteps of Jesus' last days before and during his Passion. We like to relive - in memory - this pilgrimage experience each year during Holy Week.

Over the next several days I will post memories of this profound spiritual experience.

The Vatican on youtube