A publicity launch for a Pilgrimage to the Holy Land to be conducted by Canon David Humphries next year took place in the Parish of Kilbride on October 21.
Guest Speaker at the gathering was Rosemary Nutt, a director of McCabe Pilgrimages of London, a company that has been used by Canon Humphries on his annual pilgrimages since 2006.
Two leaders assisting Canon Humphries, the Rev Amanda Adams, Ballyrashane and Killdollagh, and the Rev Andrew Ker, Templepatrick and Donegore, were also present at the meeting to answer questions.
The speakers outlined how a pilgrimage actually works when visiting the Holy Land, and showed slides of many of the places to be visited in the Land of the Bible.
One area of great interest to the gathering was the hill country of Samaria which Canon Humphries includes in his spiritual journeys every three years. This includes a stop at nearby Nablus, the site of Jacob’s Well.
“Jewish, Samaritan, Christian and Muslim traditions all associate the well with Jacob,” said Canon Humphries. “St John’s account of the Gospel mentions the well, where Jesus had a conversation with the Samaritan woman. It is now in the crypt of an Eastern Orthodox Church, and is said to be 130 feet deep.”
The publicity launch at Kilbride marked the opening of the books, and interested persons are now booking for the 11-day journey which starts on 22 May next year.
Anyone interested should contact Canon Humphries at Kilbride Rectory, 7 Rectory Road, Doagh, Ballyclare, BT39 0PT, or telephone(028) 9334 0225. You can also visit the parish website: kilbrideparishchurch.org or the Holy Land website: www.pilgrimage106.com.