A PILGRIMAGE TO THE HOLY LAND
12 DAYS: OCTOBER 14-25, 2019 - SPECIAL DISCOUNT PRICE - $3999

Dear Friends,

It is a joy to invite you to join me on our pilgrimage to the Holy Land. Since our youth we have been hearing the Gospel stories about Jesus walking and teaching in Jerusalem, Capernaum, and Galilee. He worked miracles around the Sea of Tiberius, Jericho and Cana. He was born in Bethlehem, grew up in Nazareth, and was crucified at Golgotha. We will be seeing all those places and much more. Our pilgrimage will give us an opportunity of walking in the footsteps of Jesus, our Blessed Mother and the first disciples.     

Each day we will celebrate Mass and reflect on the Gospel text appropriate to the place we visit.  This will be a pilgrimage of a lifetime and it will forever change the way you read and understand the Scriptures. I hope you will be able to join me on what promises to be a grace-filled journey to the Land from which has come our salvation.     

Sincerely yours in Christ,

Father Michael Swanton  

 

OCTOBER 14 DAY 1: Depart USA Our Pilgrimage begins today as we depart on our flight to Israel. Meals and drinks served aloft.

 OCTOBER 15 DAY 2: ARRIVE TEL AVIV / BETHLEHEM: Upon arrival in Tel Aviv we are welcomed by our Representative then drive to the Judean Hill Country for dinner and overnight.

Overnight: Bethlehem (D)

 OCTOBER 16 DAY 3: BETHLEHEM: This morning we visit the Church of the Nativity, situated above the traditional Grotto of Jesus birth. After touring the Manger, Grotto of St. Jerome, the church of St. Catherine, we will visit the Milk Grotto. Later we head to the shepherd’s field.

Overnight: Bethlehem (B, D)

 OCTOBER 17 DAY 4: Bethlehem: Visit the gentle lush countryside of Ein Karem, the village where John the Baptist was born. Here we will visit the Church of the Visitation and the Church of St. John.

Overnight: Bethlehem (B, D)

 OCTOBER 18 DAY 5: Bethlehem / TIBERIAS: This morning, we leave Jerusalem and head to Tiberias. Drive along the Mediterranean coast to Caesarea, home of ancient Roman Procurators and capitol city of the Roman Province of Palestine. Here, St. Peter preached and St. Paul was imprisoned for two years. Continue to the sparkling port city of Haifa. Ascend Mt. Carmel, home of the prophets Elijah and Elisha, for Mass before continuing to Tiberias, our home for the next three nights.

Overnight: Nazareth/Tiberias (B, D)

 OCTOBER 19 DAY 6: TIBERIAS: Following breakfast, drive to Nazareth, home of the Holy Family. Visit Joseph’s Workshop and the Grotto of the Annunciation. Continue to Cana of Galilee, where our Lord performed the first miracle – changing water into wine at the wedding feast. Here we will invite couples to renew their wedding vows. We then head to the summit of Mt. Tabor for Mass at the site of the Transfiguration of Jesus and enjoy a sweeping view of the beautiful Jezreel Valley.

Overnight: Nazareth/Tiberias (B, D)

 OCTOBER 20 DAY 7: TIBERIAS: Start the day at Tabgha, the site of the miracle of the loaves and fishes. Celebrate Mass on the shore of the Sea of Galilee where Jesus called his disciples and appeared after his resurrection. Visit Capernaum, home of our Lord during his ministry, recall His many miracles and see the Synagogue where He taught. Then drive up to the Mt. of the Beatitudes for Mass and lunch near the site of the Sermon on the Mount. We then visit the nearby village of Magdala before we conclude this day with a scenic boat ride on the Sea of Galilee.

Overnight: Nazareth/Tiberias (B, D)

OCTOBER 21 DAY 8: TIBERIAS / Bethlehem: This morning we depart Tiberias and travel to Jericho, the oldest known city in the world. Continue along the shores of the Dead Sea to Qumran to see the caves where the Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered. After lunch we head to Massada and visit the fortress built by king Harold the great. Then on to Ein Gedi for a swim in the salty, mineral laden and unsinkable waters of the Dead Sea. We then stop at the Jordan River to renew our baptismal vows before continuing to our hotel in Jerusalem.

Overnight: Bethlehem (B, D)

 OCTOBER 22 DAY 9: Bethlehem: Begin the first day in Jerusalem with a visit to a large-scale model of the city at the time of Jesus. Continue to the area of the ancient Jewish temple. Explore excavations of the temple environs, see the steps where Jesus preached and the evidence of the destruction of the temple as Jesus foretold. See the Wailing Wall – the most sacred place in the world for Jews. Proceed to Mt. Zion where we will stand in the Upper Room, celebrating Mass very near where Jesus ate the Last supper with His disciples. Then we will visit the Dormition Abbey where we remember Mary “falling asleep” before her Assumption. Drive to Bethany where Our Lord would stay in the home of His friends, Mary, Martha and Lazarus during His visits to Jerusalem.

Overnight: Bethlehem (B, D)

 OCTOBER 23 DAY 10: Bethlehem: This morning drive to the top of the Mt. of Olives where we will visit the Church of Pater Noster where Jesus taught His disciples the Lord’s Prayer. We also visit the Chapel of the Ascension commemorating the Ascension of Our Lord into Heaven. Walk the Palm Sunday road to the Chapel of Dominus Flevit, where we will have Mass with a spectacular view of Jerusalem. Continue to the Garden of Gethsemane and the Tomb of Mary. In the afternoon, we visit the Church of St. Peter in Galicantu at the place where Peter denied Jesus while He was awaiting trial before Sanhedrin. Return that evening to the Church of All Nations on the Garden of Gethsemane for a Holy Hour at the place where Jesus suffered the agony in the garden and was betrayed by Judas.

Overnight: Bethlehem (B, D)

 OCTOBER 24 DAY 11: Bethlehem: Today we will walk through the narrow cobble stone streets of the Old City, beginning with Mass at the Church of St. Anne, the birthplace of Mary, and viewing the Pool of Bethseda, where Jesus healed the crippled. Then follow Jesus on the Way of the Cross to the Church of the Holy Sepulcher to visit Calvary, where Christ was crucified, the Stone of Anointing, and the empty Tomb of Our Savior which witnesses to our Easter faith in the resurrection.

Overnight: Bethlehem (B, D)

 OCTOBER 25 DAY 12: USA: Today we arrive home safely with unforgettable memories knowing that we have walked on the footsteps of Our Lord, Jesus Christ.