Sunday, April 4, 2010

Pilgrimage in the Holy Land

You can begin your spiritual journey as you take your flights to Tel Aviv.

Day 1

Arrival at Ben Gurion Airport. I think it will be worth to have a stroll along the coast of Tel Aviv. Have dinner and stay for the night.

Day 2 - Jerusalem and Bethlehem

Church of Nativity, Bethlehem

Dome of the Rock, Jerusalem

On the first day in Jerusalem you can be exploring some of the key sites surrounding the area. This includes a dramatic view of the Old City from the Mount of Olives, revealing a city with 4000 years of history. From this vantage point see much of what makes Jerusalem such a unique city to the three major religions – Judaism, Christianity and Islam. You can then head to the village of Ein Karem, the birthplace of St. John the Baptist and to the Church of Visitation where the Blessed Virgin Mary visited her cousin, Elizabeth, and proclaimed the 'Magnificat'. In the afternoon we will go to the Shepherd's Fields where the angels announced the birth of Jesus. Then, visit the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem that stands upon the site where Jesus was born. If lucky, you can attend a mass in Bethlehem or the Shepherds Fields. Dinner and overnight at the Jerusalem.

Day 3 - Jerusalem

Begin your day with a visit to the Mt. of Olives to walk the Palm Sunday route stopping at Dominus Flevit, where Jesus wept over Jerusalem. Then to Gethsemane, the Rock of Agony where Jesus prayed His last prayer before his arrest. Visit the cave of betrayal then the cave of Assumption of Mary to heaven. Back on the Mt of Olives we visit the Pater Noster with the Lords Prayer in many languages, and the Ascension from where ascended to Heaven.

Day 4 - Jericho or Massada

At the oasis town of Jericho, you can visit the excavations of the oldest city in the world and view Mt. Temptation where Jesus fasted and was tempted by Satan. On the way back there is time for a swim (or rather a float!) in the mineral-rich waters of the Dead Sea, renowned for its healing properties.

Day 5 - Nazareth, Galilee

A visit to the Basilica of Annunciation and Mary's Well and the Church of the Angel Gabriel. If time permits, we can try a boat ride across the Sea of Galilee to Capernaum to see the synagogue and St. Peter's house, a visit to the Mount of the Beatitudes where the Sermon on the Mount was given, to Tabgha to see the splendid mosaic about the miracle of the loaves and fishes, and to the nearby Church of Peter's Primacy where Peter was told " Feed my lambs, feed my sheep."

Day 6 - Galilee

A visit to Caesarea Philippi will be worth! It is the location of the testimony of St. Peter and where Jesus answered him “You are the Rock and upon this rock I will build my Church.”

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