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The Itinerarium describes the churches of Jerusalem and its surroundings Holy Sepulchre, Zion, Mount of Olives, Bethlehem, Bethany, and provides information on the liturgical year and its feasts Epiphany, Lent, and esp. Holy Week and Easter at Jerusalem. Egeria met various monks in Sinai, Tampa/St. Petersburg Metro Map Egypt, Syria and Mesopotamia; some accompanied her, and she relates her detailed questioning of them; she mentions some virgins living at Jerusalem. The monasteries appear to have been hermitages grouped around a church where a priest officiated; Egeria takes pleasure in emphasizing her participation in the Eucharist whenever she has the opportunity; she communicates well the increase of collective emotion during the celebrations of Holy Week in the places that were mute witnesses of Christ’s passion.
At Jerusalem, since people came from various regions and languages Greek, Syriac, Latin, there was always someone to translate from one language to another, so all could understand. With simple but effective words, Egeria outlines for us almost the model of the Christian pilgrimage: This was our habit: every time we succeeded in reaching the desired place, we would first of all say a prayer, Tampa/St. Petersburg Metro Map then read the relative passage taken from the Bible, then recite an appropriate psalm and finally conclude with a prayer Pilgrimage 10,7. Tampa/St. Petersburg Metro Map Thus the ancient pilgrimage expressed itself above all as an itinerary of faith and worship, where prayer and the Eucharist played an essential role. The style is lively and personal, narrative and detailed, vibrant with enthusiasm. Egeria’s language is spoken Latin, but includes reflections of classical culture and numerous Grecisms Greek terms transliterated into Latin: basically a language dependent on Christian authors.