Thursday, April 10, 2008

The Holy Land

My dad is a member of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem, AKA - the Knights of the Holy Sepulchre. This is a Papal order recognizing service to the Holy Father and a strong faith. For more on it, you can read the history of the order.

Well, he is on a month long (almost) pilgrimage to the Holy Land and other holy sites. Here is an update from him...lucky dad.

Today, Thursday, we went to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, early this morning and met with the Cardinal Patriarch of Jerusalem in and audience. He presented the 21 of us with our Pilgrim Shells, which is one of the highest awards available to our members. Yesterday we had our visit to the Church, where we were greeted by a Franciscan Choir, the church organ, and a procession to the location where Jesus's empty tomb is (the Sepulchre), and allowed to touch and adore it, then we went to Calvary, the place where Jesus died on the cross, and had a very moving experience touching the stone, and being able also to adore it. I'll tell anyone of you, or the grandchildren who want to listen about it. Today we went to Bethlehem, to see the birthplace of Jesus, the cave where he was born, the field where the Shepherds were told of the birth, and several other wonderful places. I have pictures and booklets to share. Please let everyone know that I am remembering all of them in our daily Mass. We are lucky to have Bishop Corrado of Tyler, and two priest brothers with our group.

Wow. That is one day...


Ed said...

I have it on good authority that had he gone to the the Church of the Holy Sepuchler on Tuesday morning, he could have attended Mass with Jim Caviezel, the actor who played the role of Jesus in "The Passion of the Christ"

Kacy said...

What a small world...I think your dad is on the same pilgrimage as my parrish priest, Fr. Timothy. He is also on an essentially month long pilgrimage to the Holy Lands with the Bishop of Tyler. Oh yes, and he has two brothers who are both priests and I think one of them went with him on the pilgrimage. Either they are there together or this is a very strange coincidence.