Fr. Laurence Freeman, OSB
February 15, 2019
In meditation you could say we go from the mind to the heart, from thought into silence, from words and images and planning and problem and analyzing–all the things that we do all the day in our active minds. We go deeper than the mind. We go into that place of the heart.
~ Fr. Laurence Freeman, OSB, Director of The World Community for Christian Meditation
Meditate and pray in the land of Jesus’ birth, death and resurrection. Join Fr. Laurence Freemen, OSB on a 10-day Contemplative Journey to the Holy Land leaving on February 15, 2019.
Note: This contemplative pilgrimage is open to pilgrims from all over the world who would like to experience this unique, meditative journey.
If you are joining from the US, Europe or other parts of the world: please see the itinerary here: https://pilgrimage.ph/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/16Feb-8D-Holy-LandFr-Freeman.Ex-EurUS.pdf
This itinerary does not include airfare. We will then assist you in booking the correct flight for your part of the world.
Your pilgrimage begins in Nazareth, the hometown of Jesus, Mary and Joseph. Celebrate Mass at the grandiose Church of the Annunciation, which stands over the cave where the Archangel Gabriel told Mary that she would become the Mother of the Son of God. Next stop is Capernaum, described as Jesus “own city” and a place where He lived. Visit the Church of the St. Peter, built over the ruins of the house of St. Peter. Head off to Mount Tabor, which is believed to be the site where Jesus was transfigured before his disciples and spoke with Moses and Elijah. See the impressive mosaic painting on the high ceiling that depicts the transfiguration of Jesus before Peter, James and John.
Renew your baptismal vows at the Jordan River and your marriage vows in Cana, the site of the first miracle of Jesus. In Tabgha, visit the Church of the Multiplication of Loaves and Fish, where the miraculous meal took place. Enjoy a pleasurable boat ride across the Sea of Galilee, where Jesus performed numerous miracles and walked on the water.
Head off to Bethlehem, the birthplace of Jesus. Touch the silver star that marks the place where Jesus was born at the Grotto of the Nativity. Visit Shepherd’s Field, the fields identified since ancient times with the shepherds who saw the Star of Nativity.
A high point of the pilgrimage is a visit to the Old City of Jerusalem. Here, you will relive the passion of Jesus while praying the Stations of the Cross on the Via Dolorosa (Way of Sorrows), which ends at the Church of the Holy Sepulcher. Visit the Coenaculum or the Upper Room, the place where Jesus ate the Last Supper with His disciples and where the Sacrament of the Holy Eucharist was instituted. This was also the same place where Pentecost happened 50 days after the Resurrection of Jesus.
Proceed to Emmaus, a setting for one of the most touching of Christ’s post Resurrection appearances. There, in the breaking of the bread, the risen Jesus made himself known to two disciples with whom he had walked from Jerusalem.
Fr. Laurence Freeman, OSB is the director of The World Community for Christian Meditation (WCCM), described as a “monastery without walls.” Join him on a Contemplative Journey to the Holy Land leaving on February 15, 2019. “Love,” Fr. Freeman says, “is the giving of oneself to another in (terms of) attention, which is selfless. In meditation, we practice taking the attention off ourselves. This then plays out in all aspects of our lives.”
Dear Pilgrim Center: My husband Aldo & I would like to praise & commend our Pilgrim Chaplain Fr. Dante Venus & our Tour Leader Bro. Monty for the very successful & memorable pilgrimage to Italy & the Holy Land we were very fortunate to join on March 26-April 8, 2018. It was very hectic to be sure, but still they managed our time very well that we were able to visit more places than was promised in the itinerary, and we are very appreciative of that. Likewise, the solemnity of the whole pilgrimage experience was still observed despite many of us in the group, myself included, often forgetting that we were pilgrims & not tourists 😉😉, taking photos, selfies, etc. instead of, or before focusing on what the local guide was explaining or on the scripture readings. I cannot fault us pilgrims on this because for many of us seniors, and I speak for my husband & I, that trip might be our first & last time to visit those places, so we made sure they were properly documented. Nonetheless, it was a truly spiritually uplifting & life-changing experience for us. We continue to thank our Lord for making that experience of a lifetime possible. Indeed, nothing is impossible for God! Thank you very much to Fr. Dante, Bro. Monty & to each of us pilgrims in the group for the prayers, love, care & concern shown to each other. Let us continue to pray for and with each other. It is my hope that we meet each other again soon, to strengthen our bonds of friendships. Most sincerely, Leclec CabusoraMs. Leclec Cabusora
I am honored to be included in this pilgrimage. The Pilgrims' Center has very good itineraries worth remembering. No hours wasted. They took very good care of us in spite of our big number of 47 people. The daily mass and homilies of Fr. Manny Cruz held in different shrines and churches were very inspirational and transforming. Accommodations were nice most especially the one on top of the Mountain with an awesome view built in 1909. It's like travelling back in time. I definitely would want to do it again with Pilgrim Center.Peter Joseph Mapua
The Pilgrims' Center always gives you the best. They let you feel like an Executive in terms of personal service & attention especially during pilgrimage. Their choices of pilgrimages and pilgrim chaplains are outstanding. You go back home very fulfilled and immersed...Marlene Silvestre
No Visa is required for PH, US or EU citizens going to the Holy Land.
A Passport with 6-month validity is required.
US$ 500.00 deposit is required upon reservations together with a recent passport-size photo, photocopy of passport (valid for 6 months from date of departure) and Pilgrim’s Profile.
2) Full payment in U.S. dollars is required before ticketing but in no case shall it be later than one month before departure date.
3) The following cancellation charges will apply:
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>45 days before departure date – 50% of the Tour Cost
>30 days prior to departure date – Full tour cost will be forfeited.
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