SACRED JOURNEYS | Series Preview | PBS

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FEILER: For as long as humans
have been humans, we have traveled the world in search of spiritual
understanding, and to get closer to our gods. Today, religion is more
threatened than ever, yet sacred journeys
are more popular than ever. 200 million people
go on a pilgrimage each year. They set out from the ordinary
and seek the extraordinary. ♪ ♪Sacred Journeystakes viewers
on some of the most celebrated, challenging, and spectacular
religious pilgrimages on earth. I’m Bruce Feiler, here in the
sacred city of Jerusalem. (chanting) In this landmark,
six-part series, we travel with American pilgrims
seeking to transform their lives in places deeply meaningful
to their faith. Our cameras gain privileged
access to places rarely seen by viewers before. In Lourdes, France,
we journey with dozens of wounded American soldiers,
as they bathe in sacred waters in search of peace and healing. As soon as they place
that water over my head, I felt a sense of relief. FEILER: In Jerusalem,
we follow the trail of pilgrims from the three Abrahamic faiths
as they seek wisdom and direction in one of the
holiest cities on earth. We’re looking
for a faith experience, our spiritual experience. FEILER: In Mecca, we go behind
closed doors at the Hajj with American Muslims
on a journey that’s both deeply personal
and utterly revealing. I truly was alone with God
in a sea of five million people. FEILER: In southern Japan,
we trek with Buddhist pilgrims on a legendary 800-mile path
as they look to understand their place in the world. – It’s a good time to reflect
and think about how we want to carry our lives
from now on. – The pilgrimage really allows
you to be who you are. (applause) – It’s a journey of learning
about faith, and what faith means to me. FEILER:
In India… – Go ahead. FEILER: …we attend the largest
gathering of humanity on the planet, which takes place
every 12 years. – I’ve never seen anything
like this before. I am blown away right now. Completely blown away. FEILER: For pilgrims at the
massive Kumbh Mela spectacle, the emotion is intense. – You walk in the footsteps
of so many hundreds of millions of people that have been here
and been doing the same ritual over and over again
is truly amazing. FEILER: And in southern Nigeria,
we travel with African Americans to an extraordinary celebration
where they seek to reclaim their spiritual roots. This journey coming back here is
like we’re coming home. – Although we left Africa
many years ago, Africa never left us. FEILER: A pilgrimage at its core
is a gesture of action. These pilgrims feel a deeper
connection to their faith. They feel closer to God. In a world in which
more and more things are digital and ephemeral, a sacred journey
gives the pilgrim a chance to experience
something real. (cheering) Pilgrimage today is more alive
than ever before. But you can’t experience
its wonders unless you go.

 

3 Responses

  1. Victoria Hathaway

    July 29, 2014 10:20 pm

    I am so excited for this! I went on a pilgrimage to Assisi and Rome a few years ago and am excited to be going on another one in 2016 for the Catholic Church's World Youth Day in Poland!

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  2. king mariner

    May 25, 2019 11:34 am

    Be sure to read honest and real reviews of 7 Sacred Journeys on my blog before you buy. Go to gohonestreviews. com/7-sacred-journeys-review/ Thanks, Thibaut.

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