Holy Land Footsteps of Jesus with Rome & Assisi
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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 Christopher M. Martin
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Arrival in The Holy Land
Upon arrival into Tel Aviv, we will be greeted by our Holy Land Travel Center representative and tour guide who will be accompanying us during the pilgrimage. We will immediately transfer to our hotel in Bethlehem. Overnight: Bethlehem (D)
On our first day in the Holy Land, we present an overview for a better understanding of its geography and some of the key sites surrounding the area and what makes it such a unique area to the three major religions – Judaism, Christianity and Islam. We 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 drive to the Shepherd’s Fields where the angels announced the birth of Jesus. Then we visit the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem that stands upon the site where Jesus was born. Overnight: Bethlehem (B, D)
After breakfast, we head to Caesarea by the Sea to visit the Roman Crusader remains before we continue to Haifa. Upon arrival in Haifa, we will visit Stella Maris, a Carmelite Monastery with the Madonna of Mt Carmel. Next, we stop at the Baha’i Gardens, which includes a staircase of nineteen terraces extending all the way up the northern slope of Mount Carmel. We continue to Nazareth and the Basilica of Annunciation where we will celebrate Mass. We enjoy a visit to Joseph’s carpentry shop before we continue Cana, where couples will have the opportunity to renew wedding vows. We continue to Tiberias where we check into our hotel before dinner and overnight. Overnight: Tiberias (B, D)
The Ministry of Christ In the Galilee
Some of today’s highlights are 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.” There will be an unforgettable Mass near the shores of the Sea of Galilee at the Primacy or Mt Beatitudes. Next, we head the Magdala Center, the village of Mary Magdalene, where we visit the newly built church on site and the newly excavated ruins. In the afternoon we visit Caesarea Philippi, 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.” Overnight: Tiberias (B, D)
We then head to Mount Tabor, the site of the Transfiguration where we celebrate Mass before we continue to Jordan River, Dead Sea, Jericho. At the oasis town of Jericho, visit the excavations of the oldest city in the world and view Mt. Temptation where Jesus fasted and was tempted by Satan. We are then led to the river Jordan where we remember Christ’s Baptism. On the way back there is time for a swim (or rather a float!) in the mineral-rich waters of the Dead Sea. We then have a visit to Bethany where Jesus raised Lazarus from the dead before returning to Bethlehem for dinner and overnight. Overnight: Bethlehem (B, D)
Jerusalem, The Passion of Jesus' Last Hours
We begin our day with a visit to the Mount of Olives where Jesus prayed, continue to the Chapel of Ascension where Jesus ascended into heaven. Next, we visit the church of Pater Noster where Jesus taught the disciples the Lord’s Prayer. Next, we walk the Palm Sunday road, 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. Next, we head to Mount Zion, visiting the cave of Assumption (Dormition Abbey) of Mary to heaven. We visit the room of the Last Supper, King David’s Tomb, and the Church of St. Peter Gallicantu, where Peter denied Jesus three times. We end our day visiting the Palace of Caiaphas, home of the corrupt Jewish high priest. We enjoy dinner and overnight at our hotel. Overnight: Bethlehem (B, D)
The Way of the Cross
After breakfast we head to Jerusalem and start our visit with St Anne Church (the traditional birthplace of the Virgin Mary). Continue to view the Sisters of Zion, Ecco Homo where Pilate proclaimed “Behold the man.” Next, we retrace the last steps of Jesus as we walk along the Via Dolorosa (Way of Sorrow), through the markets of the Old City praying the Stations of the Cross at each station shrine, we reflect on the greatness of His sacrifice. Finally, we arrive at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre for Mass. We visit the Notre Dame Center in Vatican property, where we visit the Museum of the Shroud of the Man (three-dimension replica of the Shroud of Jesus). Time and schedule permitting, we will have special time for Adoration in the Garden of Gethsemane. Dinner and overnight at our hotel. Overnight: Bethlehem (B, D)
Today we board our flight to Rome. Upon arrival in Rome, we are met by our Holy Land Travel Center Representative. We will then celebrate Mass at San Paul Outside the Walls before we continue to our hotel for dinner and overnight. Overnight: Rome (B, D)
This morning we leave to the Vatican to attend the Holy Father’s general Papal Audience at St. Peter’s Square. (optional). Afterwards, we head to the Basilica of St. Mary Major, one of the oldest shrines dedicated to the Blessed Virgin (here we celebrate Mass). We then visit the nearby Sanctuary of the Holy Stairs (Scala Santa) and the Basilica of St. John Lateran, the former residence of the popes prior to their return to Rome in 1377. The tour continues with a visit of the Church of the Holy Cross of Jerusalem, housing the Passion relics brought to Rome from the Holy Land by St. Helena of Constantinople. Free afternoon. Overnight: Rome (B, D)
This morning we make our way to the Vatican and visit The Papal Basilica of St. Peter, here we celebrate Mass. We then enjoy an extended tour of St. Peter’s Basilica with a chance to visit the Blessed Sacrament Chapel in St. Peter’s. Included in our tour are the world-famous Vatican Museums featuring a visit to the Sistine Chapel. We end our day with a walking tour of Rome, featuring a stroll to the Trevi Fountain, the Pantheon, a Christian church since the 7th century, and Piazza Navona. Continue to our hotel for dinner and overnight. Overnight: Rome (B, D)
Today we drive to Assisi, home of Saint Francis. Once we arrive, we celebrate Mass at one of the chapels at Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi and see the tomb of Saint Francis. Our walk through the beautiful town of Assisi takes us to the Basilica of St. Clare, where we view her incorrupt body in the crypt. Free time to explore the city on your own. Overnight: Assisi (B, D)
We continue the tour with the guide: The Sanctuary of Rivotorto, we will be celebrating Mass here, which preserves the Sacred Hovel, the first two “houses” where St Francis and followers met and probably lived. Here St Francis developed and wrote the Rule: poverty, simplicity and prayer, then the Basilica of St Mary of the Angels, crowned by the magnificent dome designed by Alessi, this great Basilica was built in 1569. Return to Rome for dinner and overnight. Overnight: Rome (B, D)