Today being Accession Day, the pilgrims began their devotions with prayer and thanksgiving for His Majesty the King using the forms appointed by the Prayer Book.
At the biblical site of Caesarea Philippi, where there is a tributary to the River Jordan, pilgrims had an opportunity to renew their baptismal promises. Teaching centered on faithfulness to the baptismal calling as expressed in the Baptism of those of Riper Years:
'TO follow the example of our Saviour Christ, and to be made like unto him; that as he died and rose again for us, so should we, who are baptized, die from sin and rise again unto righteousness, continually mortifying all our evil and corrupt affections, and daily proceeding in all virtue and godliness of living'.
Later in the day, we visited Magdala, where there is a clear link between the Christian and Jewish traditions. We saw the recently rediscovered foundations of a first-century synagogue, and prayed in the very beautiful modern church where there is an altar in the shape of a boat and where worship was being conducted in a multitude of different languages.
Returning to the hotel, we celebrated the 91st birthday of one of our pilgrims, Jennifer. In the evening, Edward Cholmondeley-Clarke gave a talk on the Knights Hospitaller of St John. It has been a wonderful day of worship, teaching and fellowship.