Here's our email to you for this first week of our Advent Pilgrimage filled with information. During this week, the focus is on familiarizing yourself with the document "New Worlds Being Born" linked here, preparing for the practices that will be part of your pilgrimage (praying, writing, listening, etc.), and planning your route in your neighborhood. Here is a link to the first week of the Pilgrimage.
If you would like to prepare your route online, here is a Link to Sample Route (screenshot) and a Link to Jackie’s video tutorial on how to make your route online
In addition to our large group gatherings on Sundays, there may be some of you who would like to be part of a smaller group of pilgrims during this time. This group could meet midweek on Zoom and share stories and experiences with each other. If you would be interested, please email Pr. Martin (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Pr. Jeff (email@example.com)
We are including the Blessings of the Pilgrims which we used at the end of liturgy on Sunday, "Benedicto" by Edward Abbey:
"May your trails be crooked, winding, lonesome, dangerous,
Leading to the most amazing view.
May your mountains rise into and above the clouds.
May your rivers flow without end,
Meandering through pastoral valleys tinkling with bells,
Past temples and castles and poets towers
Into a dark primeval forest where tigers belch and monkeys howl,
Through miasmal and mysterious swamps
And down into a desert of red rock, blue mesas,
Domes and pinnacles and grottos of endless stone,
And down again into a deep vast ancient unknown chasm
Where bars of sunlight blaze on profiled cliffs,
Where deer walk across the white sand beaches,
Where storms come and go as lightning clangs upon the high crags,
Where something strange
And more beautiful
And more full of wonder
Than your deepest dreams waits for you --
Beyond that next turning of the canyon walls.”
A number of you have asked for links to these additional resources. Some of them you may wish to incorporate into your pilgrimage planning.
Or these Links from Sunday's Joint Liturgy on Advent 1 (November 8th)
Pastor Jeff Johnson & Pastor Martin Sauter, partners on pilgrimage