Written in the first part of the fifth century, this work is a charming record of the observations of a Christian woman on a lengthy pilgrimage to the Holy Lands. This new version of the late fourth-century diary of journeys in and around the Holy Land known as the Itinerarium Egeriae provides a more. About Egeria. Egeria, one of the earliest documented Christian pilgrims, visited the most important destinations of pilgrimage in the eastern Mediterranean.

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By this way, then, at the bidding of Christ our God, and helped by the prayers of the holy men who accompanied us, we arrived, at the fourth hour, at the summit of Sinai, the holy moun- tain of God, where the law was given, that is, at the place where the Glory of the Lord descended on the day when the mountain smoked. Twice she uses the expression “the Scriptures of God” pp.

One would think, there- fore, that it was part of the Hermon range that she saw, and that by the time she saw it, she had turned east to cross the Jordan. And when the ninth hour dgeria they go up with hymns to the Imbomon, that is, to the place whence the Lord ascended into heaven,and there they sit down, for all the people are always bidden to sit when the bishop is present ; the deacons alone always stand.

Between ” the city of Arabia ” and Pelusium on the sea coast she mentions only one place that she passed through, viz. In the same hour diarry night they assemble in the room of the disciples, and read the lection, S.

The shape of 1 Cf. Thecla in Isauria, where she met to her great delight her dear friend Marthana, whom she had known in Jerusalem see note on p. Three years later an English trans- lation with text and notes, by Dr.

But, though the results of their joint labours had been set up in print for some time and she had spent a good deal of time in further research and thought over them with a view to writing the Introduction, she had to lay the work aside while she was completing the fifth edition of Christian Worship and seeing it through the press.

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At Rameses Saft el Hennehwhich was once a great city, she found nothing but ruins remaining except two great statues cut out of ” one great Theban stone ” and an ancient sycomore famous for its healing virtue, which they called ” the Tree of Truth ” l according to the ” bishop of Arabia,” who had come out to meet her there.

Then they who knew the place the priests and holy monks said to us: And this makes her narrative always lively 1 Dom Ferotin has also gone briefly into the question of language in footnote 2 on pp. On the next day, the second weekday, everything that is customary is done from the first cockcrow until morning in the Anastasis ; also at the third and sixth hours everything is done that is customary throughout the whole of Quadragesima.

The Pilgrimage of Egeria

In that place there is a little church under a mountain, not Nebo, but 1 Deut. But at the eighth hour all the people gather together at the martyrium 2 according to custom, only ; Zech. This we learned from information given by the holy bishop egwria Arabia, who himself told us the name of the tree in Greek dendros alethia, or as we say, the tree of truth.

The Scripture does indeed 1 Gen. Jan Lajcak rated it really liked it Mar 21, We, too, do not think she was for her time and country badly educated and unlearned nor unfamiliar with diqry Scriptures: At the end of the fourth century Egypt was an independent pro- vince under the Patriarch of Alexandria, but the part of Egypt she mostly mentions would hardly have been organized by that time into what afterwards became known as Augustanica Prima, with fourteen bishops, the chief of whom was at Pelusium.

Her story, which is closely connected with that of S. And then the sacrifice is offered in the holy shrine, and before the holy Cross.

Egeria: Diary of a Pilgrimage

Setting out thence we pursued our pilgrimahe continuously through the land of Goshen, among vines that yield wine and vines that yield balsam, among orchards, highly cultivated fields and very pleasant gardens, our whole route lying along the bank of the river Nile among oft-recurring estates, which were once the homesteads of the children of Israel.

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Eggeria found the great and beautiful church had been rebuilt in a new form nova compositione. Valerius, chap, ii, cum omni exultatione et letitia inter crebra orationum preconia salutaris Deo obtulit hostias. Search the history of over billion web pages on the Internet. Except Marthana, the deaconess p. Now as soon as the first cock has crowed, the bishop arrives and enters the cave at the Anastasis ; all the doors are opened and the whole pilgrimags enters the Anastasis, where countless lights are already burning.

In short, the inhabitants of Faran travel more quickly and safely by night in that place, being accustomed thereto, than other men can travel in places where there is a clear road. The place where was the inscription concerning Lot’s wife was shown to us, which place is read of in the Pilgrimmage. A number of them came into Haran from the Mesopotamia desert on the Feast of S. Thence I set out again, and journeying through all those stations in Egypt through which we had travelled before, I arrived at the boundary of Palestine.

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Again prayer is made, and again the deacon egera his voice and bids the faithful, each where he stands, to bow the head, and the bishop likewise blesses the faithful. Matthew McCreight rated it it was amazing Apr 02, But, making all possible allowances for the inaccuracies of the scribe 2 to whom we owe our knowledge of her narrative and they are prob- ably serious and frequent yet the fact remains that she wrote a very slipshod Latin: The long letter, dubbed Peregrinatio or Itinerarium Egeriaeis addressed to a circle of women at home.

Faran, where Moses prayed with hands uplifted, but that no doubt she described before our fragments begin p. Ambrose had himself written hymns for the purpose, 1 while at Edessa the famous Syriac hymns of Ephraem belong to about the same period, and were intended as a counterblast to the unsound teaching conveyed by the older songs of Bardesanes.

Spain, and his pilgrmiage have met with very general acceptance.