Join the Journey – Celtic Tours Announces Pilgrimage Packages to Ireland for the 50th International Eucharistic Congress

Albany, NY (PRWEB) February 12, 2012

Celtic Tours World Vacations is pleased to announce Pilgrimage Packages to Ireland for the 50th International Eucharistic Congress in Dublin, Ireland from Sunday June 10 to the 17th, 2012.

Once every 4 years, somewhere in the world over 500,000 people gather in a Eucharistic Congress to bear witness and promote an awareness of the central place of the Eucharist in the life and mission of the Catholic Church. This year, Dublin welcomes world-wide pilgrims to its emerald isles for 8 days of worship through mass, prayer and liturgical celebrations; film, music and theater, keynote addresses, workshops and discussion groups. International pilgrims from 5 continents are expected to join in the celebrations from June 10 ? 17, 2012. Presently parish communities, prayer groups, clergy members and individual pilgrims are gearing up to embark on this amazing journey of faith.

Ireland is a prime spot for the 50th International Eucharistic Congress because of its well-established Christian faith, dating back to the 4th century when St. Patrick traveled throughout Ireland converting and instructing believers in the Christian faith. Religious Pilgrims will find centuries old monastic sites, high crosses, elevating cathedrals and highly illuminated monastic manuscripts giving a glimpse into how early Christians worshipped and announced their religious fervor.

Celtic Tours World Vacations is pleased to present religious pilgrims with extraordinary group travel packages to experience the age old traditions and religious sites of Ireland in conjunction with the Eucharistic Congress. We are offering special rates on group tours with land only cost per person sharing starting at $ 1599 pps for 9 nights/10 days, $ 1399 pps for 8 nights/9 days and $ 1069 pps for 5 nights/6 days. All tours include most dinners, breakfast daily, full sightseeing, transfers and admissions. Special Itineraries can be tailored to suite. Self-drive and city stay rates are available. Airfare and departure taxes if required are additional and rates may vary with departure dates. Call our Group Specialists for more details 1-800-833-4373.

We invite groups of travelers to join in the religious fervor and excitement of this once in a lifetime opportunity to explore the religious side of Ireland, join in the religious celebrations of the Eucharistic Congress and renew their faith. Join the journey.


World Religions Form Green Pilgrimage Network including Amritsar

Washington, DC (PRWEB) November 15, 2011

November 15, Washington: A ban on cars on pilgrimage routes; solar panels for cathedral roofs; provision of fresh clean, water for pilgrims, and the planting of thousands of trees around sacred sites – these are just some of the initiatives which the founder members of the Green Pilgrimage Network (GPN) pledged to implement. Amritsar, only city from India or South Asia, joined the network formed during a summit from October 1- November 3, 2011, in Assisi, Italy. This was jointly organized by Alliance of Religions and Conservation (ARC) and World Wildlife Fund (WWF).

UK?s Royal Princess Michael, the Duke of Kent, gave a certificate of joining of Amritsar city in the newly formed Green Pilgrimage Network (GPN) on behalf of ARC at the first international conference of pilgrim cities, around the world, in Assisi, Italy. S. Dalmegh Singh, Secretary Shiromani Gurdwara Prabandhak Committee (SGPC) received this certificate on behalf of the holy city. In addition, K.S Pannu, Chairman Punjab Pollution Control Board (PPCB), Dr. Rajwant Singh, President EcoSikh and Ravneet Pal Singh, EcoSikh India project manager were the other Sikh delegates. EcoSikh organized Sikh participation and worked with SGPC and the Punjab Government for Amritsar’s inclusion.

“Cities from China to Norway and faiths from all around the world today commit to making one of the most powerful religious experiences ? pilgrimage — a living witness to a commitment to protect our living planet,” said ARC secretary general Martin Palmer in the release.

“The idea does not belong to these founder members or even to ARC or WWF. This is an invitation to all holy places to put into practice what they preach — namely, that when we walk upon this earth, we walk upon sacred land,” he said.

Founder members of the Green Pilgrimage Network include: Amritsar, India (for Sikhs); Assisi, Italy (Roman Catholic);Etchmiadzin, Armenia (Armenian Orthodox);Haifa, Israel (Bah???);Jerusalem (for Jews, Christians and Muslims);Jinja Honcho, the Association of Shinto shrines in Japan;Kano, Nigeria (Islam?s Qadiriyyah Sufi tradition);Louguan in the People?s Republic of China (Daoists);St Albans, England (Church of England);Luss, Loch Lomond, Scotland (Church of Scotland);St Pishoy Monastery, Wadi El Natroun, Egypt (the Coptic Orthodox Church); and Trondheim, Norway (Lutheran Church of Norway).

A detailed presentation on the Golden Temple and environment initiatives by the SGPC and Amritsar city was presented by Dr. Rajwant Singh and Ravneet Pal Singh to the entire gathering. Included in the presentation were plantation drives, solar energy use and future water recycling programs. A movie on food (Langar) preparation in the Golden temple for thousands of pilgrims, its distribution and eco-friendly cleaning was also shown. Many delegates from all over the world had a first time exposure to the Sikh tradition of free food, the Langar and Sikh activism on environment preservation.

Victoria Finaly, the Communication Director of ARC said, ?The Sikh presentation was one of the best showcasing of their work, faith and practice and variety in the environment initiatives.? Delegates from many other cities expressed that there is much to be learned from Sikh initiatives on environment.

Dalmegh Singh on behalf of the President of SGPC said, ?SGPC is willing to partner to make the city of Amritsar as eco-friendly as possible. We have already devoted considerable resources towards environmental awareness and preservation.?

Dr. Rajwant Singh, said, ?Making Amritsar a green city will require close coordination between the religious sector, the civil society and the government. We are hopeful that this implementation will occur rapidly and Punjab government will step up.? Washington based EcoSikh coordinated the Sikh participation and bringing the Amritsar in the network.

During the group discussions, Ravneet Pal Singh presented various ideas like a nature walk around the pilgrimage centres, green messages from faith theology to be displayed in the sacred sites to sensitize and connect the pilgrims with nature and its preservation and a pledge form for people to commit to green action. These ideas were welcomed by the august gathering.

Mr. K S Pannu presented his views in a panel discussion on the topic of ?What cities can do to become Green Pilgrim Cities?. He elaborated his own role in implementing the certain regulations to improve the sustainability of the Amritsar city and the state of Punjab. He challenged the faiths to put their own share and not depend on Governments alone to bring the change.

Mr. Gopal Patel, manager of UK based, Hindu Bhumi Project, presented the first phase of his plans of greening of Hindu temples and Green Puja across the globe. According to him, Hindu pilgrim cities from India in the next phase.

Prayers from each faith interspersed the entire programme. A hymn by Guru Arjun Dev, ?Sabh bidh tum he jaan-te pyare? was recited by Dr. Rajwant Singh before lunch time on the first day of the conference. The attendees joined in singing the Sikh prayer at the invitation by Dr. Singh.

Muslim representative from UK inaugurated their Guide Book on Green Hajj. About 6 Million pilgrims are expected to Hajj this November and Muslims hope to spread to word to curtail the use of plastic bottles. The city of Trondheim, a pilgrim city in northern Europe presented its own plans and the mayor of the city, Mr. Geirund Lykke invited the faiths for the second conference of GPC network in 2012.

Her Royal Highness Prince Michael of Kent conferring with Dalmegh Singh and Mr. Pannu along with Martin Palmer

Other plans announced by Green Pilgrimage Network leaders included measures to protect nature, teach children about conservation, protect sacred forests, reduce waste and encourage recycling, and organize nature tours for pilgrims.

The Green Pilgrimage Network released a list of various efforts pilgrims and pilgrim cities can make, such as choosing sustainable tourist agencies and travel arrangements, eating and drinking ethically, minimizing waste, and supporting work being done locally to help “green” the sacred destination.

The Sacred Land Celebration opened on 31 October with a procession of religious delegates, led by Her Royal Highness Princess Michael of Kent. She represented ARC founder the Duke of Edinburgh, who was unable to attend because of illness.

Ravneet Singh and Dr. Rajwant Singh presenting the city of Amritsar to the conference and Sikh traditional practices

Assisi, (Italy) 1st November: Inaugural conference of Green Pilgrim Network (GPN) organized by Alliance of Religions and Conservation (ARC) opened in Assisi, here today. ARC has brought together major faiths of the world to form a Green network of pilgrimage cities across the globe. In this inaugural conference 11 world pilgrim cities of different faiths are participating including Amritsar represented by Sikhs at Assisi.

The conference began with procession from basilica of St Francis, Assisi led by Royal Princess Michael, Duke of Kent. In addition, religious leaders of major faiths in their traditional robes and attires joined the procession. Representatives of faiths included Sikhs, Baha?is , Muslims, Hindus, Christians, Dao of China, Mongolian Buddhist, Church of Armenian, St. Albans, Anglican Church, Jews, Shinto from Japan and Muslims representing cities of their faiths in the inaugural gathering. High-school children from Assisi carried the flags containing symbols of different religions. Sikh religion was represented in the procession by S. Dalmegh Singh, Secretary Shiromani Gurdwara Prabandhak Committee (SGPC) along with Mr. Kahan Singh Pannu, IAS, Chairman Punjab Pollution Control Board PPCB, Dr. Rajwant Singh, President EcoSikh from Washington DC and Ravneet Pal Singh, EcoSikh Project Manager from India.

The colorful and impressive procession culminated at the conference hall where prayers by leaders of different faiths were recited. Dr. Rajwant Singh recited the hymns of Aarti from the Sikh scriptures, Sri Guru Granth Sahib in the assembly, signifying the importance of nature in the universe. Amritsar, the city of Golden Temple is the only Indian city of pilgrimage to join the green network so far. SGPC has been instrumental in the matter of joining the green network spearheaded by EcoSikh.


Christian pilgrimages ? Deepen Your Spiritual Perspectives with a Christian pilgrimage

No one would deny that Christian pilgrimage is an essential part of spiritual life for many Christians. You may consider your life as a journey, coming from God and merging back to God. A pilgrim wish to separate himself from his or her daily concerns of the world, and spend valuable time in the presence of God by traveling to a holy place which has a special spiritual significance.
You’ll be enthralled to know that Christian pilgrimage was made to some holy sites connected with the ministry of Jesus.

Surviving accounts of Christian pilgrimages to Jerusalem and the Holy Land date from the 4th century, when pilgrimage was inspired and encouraged by church fathers. For the most part, pilgrimages began to be made to Rome and some other sacred sites which are associated with saints and Christian martyrs.

If you think about the past and the Middle Ages, pilgrimages were quite popular. They used to travel in groups and were accustomed to stay in monasteries or inns overnight. In the past, people used to go on pilgrimages for several reasons. Some considered it for penance whereas some just wanted God to heal them. Today also, you see many going for Christian pilgrimages in a group with varied reasons.


Christian pilgrims are blessed by paying meaningful visits to sacred places mentioned in the Bible – whether they are some sites related to Old Testament role players, and places where Jesus lived and worked, and the Apostles went to assert the Good News. Whatever it is, there were deep faith and reverence for God without which pilgrimages were not possible.

There are many Old Testament sites that can provide interesting insights in God’s dealings with His people prior to the arrival of His Son, Jesus. Pilgrims can find out these holy sites at Mount Sinai, Hebron, Jerusalem, Jericho, Megiddo, and more sacred places in Israel. If you explore the internet, you’ll also come across many such holy places where you may consider going for your pilgrimage.

People hold different opinions and have diverse choices and when it comes to going on spiritual tours, they also have different likes and dislikes regarding the places to visit. So, how people decide where they should to go on pilgrimage is somewhat a personal thing. With the course of the time, some places have become more special for certain reasons and Christians decide to visit these sacred places to become closer to God in these places.

If you are Christian with deep faith in God and reverence to Him, then you may intend to pay such sacred visits to some of the holy places available these days. You can make a planning for such religious tour or pilgrimage and deepen your faith in Christianity and develop your love for God. Just make a list of sites and places that you intend to visit and find the right tour operator to make your dream of Christian pilgrimage come true. You can also find some like-minded group of people who are interested in the same and start your journey in the company of the people for whom pilgrimage is so crucial.

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