An opportunity to experience the grace and majesty of the Murray River, and the meandering of the Goulburn River,as you walk and contemplate the beauty of God’s handiwork through Celtic Spirituality themes.
Celtic spirituality both affi rms and challenges.
It calls us to the solitary life with the question,
“Unless we learn to live with ourselves, how can we
live with others?” It resonates with the feeling of
social instability and or alienation that permeates
contemporary society. In the totality of the
encounter there is dark as well as light, harshness
and severity as well as beauty and tranquillity.
Solitude is not idealized but recognized as a
place or state of mind in which the individual is
likely to encounter and be particularly vulnerable
to dark forces and destructive invitations, as Jesus
himself experienced in the wilderness of Judea
immediately following his baptism. It is not the
solitude of escapism or self-preoccupation, but rather a solitude that “becomes a means of empowering and refreshing their engagement with the world.”
Throughout the time together in corporate
gatherings, in quiet observation of the rivers
and the forest and refl ecting on the divine
presence of God, it is our hope that you will take from the pilgrimage a sense of empowering and refreshing for re-engaging in
life in God’s world.
The Pilgrimage is encouraged by the
combined churches of Echuca Moama.
This Pilgrimage is part of a Celtic
Festival of music and dance being
held in Echuca Moama from Friday
27 February through to 8 March 2009.
The Festival will commence on Friday
evening 27 March with a Gathering of
the Clans Dinner. On Saturday there will
be a variety of activities culminating with a Twilight Concert. Sunday will be a continuance of the dancing and music
and featuring a morning open air ecumenical worship gathering. On Monday afternoon, those taking part in the Pilgrimage will be transported to the starting point for the fi rst overnight stop. The pilgrimage will be over the next three days fi nishing in Echuca for a
thanksgiving service and farewell.
On Sunday 8 March the Festival will
conclude with a concert by the
Australian Male Welsh Choir.
Echuca is situated on the Murray River
approx 2½ hours drive from Melbourne at the cross roads of the Northern and Murray Valley Highways. It is easily accessed by bus or train. Apart from the Festival it offers many other historical and modern
4.00pm assemble for transport to Morning Glory River Resort and Conference Centre.
7.30pm Celtic Spirituality, worship and preparation for Pilgrimage.
7.00am Breakfast followed by devotion.
8.30am Transport to Barmah for meeting with Yorta Yorta Aboriginal Elders.
10.00am Walk along the Murray River to Morning Glory. Lunch will be provided along the way.
6.00pm Dinner at Morning Glory followed by a time of refl ection on the day’s walk.
7.00am Breakfast and preparation for the walk.
8.30am Walk along the Murray River and the Goulburn River at River Bend Caravan Park. Lunch will be provided along the way.
6.00pm Dinner followed by refl ections of the day’s experience.
7.00am Breakfast and preparation for the day’s walk.
8.30am Transported to the starting point for today’s walk into Echuca. Lunch to be provided along the way.
3.00pm Arrive at Aquatic Reserve, Echuca for concluding time of worship with others from the local community.
Transport will be provided from Echuca to Morning Glory and to River Bend for items you don’t need to take on the walk.