The Holy Land: An Armchair Pilgrimage

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What’s the next best thing to going on a pilgrimage to the Holy Land with Fr. Mitch Pacwa? Being able to travel with him from the comfort of your home as the holy sites come to life through the pages of this book. With stunning images and thoughtful commentary, The Holy Land: An Armchair Pilgrimage is more than your typical travel guide. It also contains:
  • A short commentary on each site, explaining its importance in salvation history
  • A ...
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Overview


What’s the next best thing to going on a pilgrimage to the Holy Land with Fr. Mitch Pacwa? Being able to travel with him from the comfort of your home as the holy sites come to life through the pages of this book. With stunning images and thoughtful commentary, The Holy Land: An Armchair Pilgrimage is more than your typical travel guide. It also contains:
  • A short commentary on each site, explaining its importance in salvation history
  • A meditation for you to consider, encouraging questions such as, “What can I learn from this place? Why does it matter to me?”
  • Prayers that Fr. Mitch uses on his annual pilgrimages, focusing on a personal faith response to the spiritual events commemorated at each site.
Travel with Fr. Mitch to the sites of all twenty mysteries of the rosary, as well as other significant spots in the history of Israel and in the life of Jesus. Whether you’ve been to the Holy Land, plan to travel there one day, or prefer to stay in your armchair, this classic book will be a beautiful addition to your library.
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It may sound cliché, but Fr. Mitch Pacwa’s latest work, The Holy Land: An Armchair Pilgrimage, really is the next best thing to being there. That’s because Fr. Mitch is not only a Scripture scholar, brilliant author, well-known talk-show host, and popular speaker, he has also visited the land of our Lord countless times and continues to serve as an expert pilgrimage leader. For those who have been there, this book will help you vividly recall the sights and sounds of those sacred places. And for those of you who have yet to take the pilgrimage plunge, Fr. Mitch will no doubt inspire you to finally make the journey of a lifetime.—Teresa Tomeo, bestselling Catholic author and syndicated talk-show host

Most of us won’t be traveling to the numerous destinations eloquently discussed in The Holy Land: An Armchair Pilgrimage, but from the comfort of our homes, we can sit back, enjoy the ride, and benefit from the author’s wisdom. Fr. Mitch Pacwa, S.J., shares his vast pilgrimage experiences along with his expertise on Church teaching to bring us this masterpiece. I highly recommend this stunning book.—Donna-Marie Cooper O’Boyle, EWTN TV host of Catholic Mom’s Café and author of The Miraculous Medal: Stories, Prayers, and Devotions

"Thinking about making a trip to the Holy Land? Or thinking you'll never be able to afford such a thing? Either way, you'll enjoy this 'armchair pilgrimage.' ... The book is lavishly illustrated with photos and classic artwork." — Catholic Digest

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781616366131
  • Publisher: Franciscan Media
  • Publication date: 9/3/2013
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 120,770
  • Product dimensions: 8.10 (w) x 10.20 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author


Fr. Mitch Pacwa, S.J., was ordained a priest in 1976. A well-known biblical scholar, he has lectured at hundreds of conferences and churches around the world and has appeared on and hosted international radio and television programs. He is best known for his appearances on EWTN, where he currently hosts two programs, Threshold of Hope and EWTN Live. Fr. Pacwa also serves as the weekly host of EWTN Radio’s Open Line program. Fluent in twelve languages, Fr. Pacwa has a unique understanding of the peoples and cultures of the Middle East. His extensive travels to the Holy Land led to the publication of the Holy Land Prayer Book in 2004, and he recently released a video, Holy Land Rosary. He lives in Irondale, Alabama.
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  • Posted December 21, 2013

    This book is the next best thing to being in the Holy Land. It'

    This book is the next best thing to being in the Holy Land. It's not a usual guidebook, written by an expert – every guidebook offers an expert’s view. This book is an engaging journey through magnificent areas of Biblical history.

    Fr. Mitch is clearly an expert in leading pilgrimages. In the book he shares the same Scripture readings and prayers as he does with his pilgrims. He groups the chapters not chronologically to follow Biblical history, but according to geography and how actual pilgrims travel through the Holy Land.

    Reading the book, I felt like I was on a pilgrimage. The art and pictures are phenomenal. The Scripture readings and prayers provide an opportunity to pause and reflect on the significance of the locales in the book. The art and scripture indexes in the back of the book are a nice editorial feature.

    I recommend this book to anyone interested in the sights and significance of Christianity. Faithful Christians will also have an opportunity to grow more deeply in their faith.

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  • Posted December 17, 2013

    Father Mitch Pacwa, S.J., does a wonderful job of taking readers

    Father Mitch Pacwa, S.J., does a wonderful job of taking readers on a virtual pilgrimage to the Holy Land, literally geographically step by step. In his characteristic manner, he very simply explains the significance of each site to Christianity and Catholicism, offering prayers, scripture readings and meditations for each location. I learned quite a lot about the Holy Land and the amazing relics that have been preserved there that I wasn't aware of. This is a great book for anyone who can't make it to the Holy Land, who's planning to go or who's already been as a refresher of their trip.

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  • Posted November 21, 2013

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    A treasure In the 1980s and ¿90s, Fr. Mitch Pacwa, S.J., a stude

    A treasure
    In the 1980s and ‘90s, Fr. Mitch Pacwa, S.J., a student of the Holy Land, joined three pilgrimages to the ancient sites. Within a few years, the Jesuit was adding information to the guide’s presentation and eventually was permitted to lead his own groups. By 2012 he had led 58 trips to Israel, 10 to both Jordan and Egypt, 5 to both Greece and Turkey, and 2 to Lebanon. With this armchair pilgrimage, Pacwa hopes that readers, both those who have traveled to the Holy Land and those who have not, find an opportunity “to pray more and come closer to our Savior, Jesus Christ.”

    The Holy Land, an Armchair Pilgrimage contains biblical texts associated with key shrines and sites, photos and art, mediations, and prayers. By structuring the book geographically Pacwa provides readers with an experience similar to that of an actual pilgrimage. Some of the featured sites, such as The Church of the Nativity, lend especially to that outcome. This chapter opens with a photo of the church and brief historical background. The next pages take us inside the church with photos and a description of the visitor’s experience from “adult visitors must bend down to avoid bumping their heads on the wide stone lintel” to “public expression of prayer is not permitted as you wait in the long, disorganized line.” The same feel of “being there” continues through The Cave of the Nativity. This page features photos of pilgrims descending into the cave and the silver star marking the spot where Christ was born. The chapter closes with history, scripture, and photos related to the chapels of St. Joseph and The Holy Innocents and St. Jerome.

    In addition to the rich text and full color artwork, Pacwa provides lists of illustrations, scripture citations, and a subject matter index. Through and through, The Holy Land, An Armchair Pilgrimage is a treasure.

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