Pilgrimage for Veterans

Pilgrimage of Remembrance and Reconciliation: Sunday, August 21, 2016
It takes less than 24 hours for a warrior to come home after serving in Iraq or Afghanistan. But the real journey home takes much, much longer. Many veterans carry with them memories of those who have died in war and the trials of homecoming. So what can the Church do?

Trinity Episcopal Cathedral, South Carolina

Trinity Episcopal Cathedral, South Carolina

On Sunday, August 21st, at 1600 at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral in Columbia, SC, Hospitaller of St. Martin Brother, John Moock, the Rev. Canon Dane Boston, and the Rev. David Peters, Iraq veteran and founder of the Episcopal Veterans Fellowship, led a Pilgrimage of Remembrance and Reconciliation for veterans and those who love them.

The Pilgrimage happened in the Cathedral nave, where we honor and remember those who have died as well as use the resources of the Church to address our own moral injury. The Pilgrimage took about an hour and was open to veterans of any conflict, current or former members of the military, family members of veterans, and anyone who cares for those who have borne the battle.

It was a holy event with veterans from World War II to Iraq. It was very moving to witness veterans writing down their moral injuries and seeing them burn in the incense thurible. The acrid smoke of the burning paper turned to the healing scent of incense. Frankincense is made by cutting the bark of a frankincense bush with a small knife. Sap flows out of the wound and forms a gooey resin that is collected and dried. This is the gospel in action. All healing agents flow from wounds–the wounds in the hands, feet, and side of Jesus and the wounds of veterans who have participated in war. For more pictures, please check out the EVF–South Carolina Facebook page.

Please contact David Peters with any questions:
runnermonk@gmail.com or 512-571-4124 

Click here to see the PBS video about the Pilgrimage of Remembrance and Healing at the National Cathedral.

Stations on The Pilgrimage Home From War: Station One