Holy Land Pilgrimage - November 5, 2019 (Waiting List Only)
Jerusalem | Bethlehem | Mt. Tabor
Holy Land Pilgrimage Itinerary
Our pilgrimage begins today as we depart on our flight to Israel. Meals and drinks served aloft.
After arrival at Ben Gurion Airport in Tel Aviv, we will be met by our guide who will arrange the schedule of our visits and make the scripture come alive as we follow in the footsteps of Jesus and the Prophets. Stay overnight in the seaside resort of Netanya.
This morning, leave Netanya for Tiberias. Drive along the Mediterranean coast to Caesarea, capital of the ancient Roman Procurators of Judea. Here, St. Peter preached and St. Paul was imprisoned for two years. Visit the Roman Theater, Crusader’s Moat, and the Byzantine Churches. Continue to the sparkling port city of Haifa. Ascend Mt. Carmel, home of the prophets Elijah and Elisha. After Mass continue on to Tiberias, our home for the next three nights.
Following breakfast, we will drive to Cana of Galilee where Jesus, at the request of Mary, performed His first miracle, changing water into wine. It was here also that He blessed marriage and raised it to the dignity of a Sacrament. If you wish, you may renew your wedding vows as a lasting remembrance of this holy site. From there, we go a short distance to Nazareth, the boyhood home of Jesus. In the Church of the Annunciation we will celebrate Mass. Just behind the altar, at the Cave of the Annunciation, we will see the actual room in which Mary said “yes” to the angel Gabriel. From there we will visit St.Joseph’s Carpentry Shop and Mary’s Well. In the afternoon, we will take an excursion to the summit of Mt. Tabor whereJesus transfigured Himself and revealed His Divine Glory to theApostles (Matt 17:2).
This morning, we will enjoy a scenic boat ride across the Sea of Galilee and proceed to the Church of Peter’s Primacy (John 21:16). Here on the shore of Galilee, Jesus appeared to theApostles after His Resurrection and confirmed Peter in the role as Vicar of Christ with the words, “Feed my sheep.” The rock emerging from the center of the church is the actual table at which they ate breakfast. We will proceed onto Capernaum, which for three years was the center of Jesus’ public ministry.Here our Lord met his first disciples – Peter, Andrew, James,John, and Matthew – and worked many miracles. He healedPeter’s mother-in-law of a fever, brought a child back to life, cured a leper, healed the centurion’s servant, cast out a demon from a young boy and healed all that were sick (Matt 8:16). We will celebrate Mass, visit the synagogue where Jesus taught, and then drive to Tabgha – the site where Jesus multiplied the loaves and fishes and fed over 5000 people (Luke 9:13). Next, we will drive to the Mount of Beatitudes the site of the Sermon on the Mount.
After Mass at the Mount of the Beatitudes, we will travel around the Sea of Galilee and stop at Kursi. Here Jesus met a possessed man and miraculously cast out a legion of demons into the herd of swine (Luke 8:26). From there we travel through the Judean wilderness to the River Jordan to renew our baptismal vows.The Bible tells us that the children of Israel crossed the RiverJordan opposite Jericho when they came into the PromisedLand. The prophet Elijah divided its waters and crossed withElisha on dry land. Naaman the Syrian was dipped in the waters seven times and was cured of his leprosy. And Jesus was baptized by John in the Jordan (Mark 1:9). Each year, pilgrims from far and wide come to the Place of Baptism to immerse themselves in these holy waters. From here, we will drive toJerusalem our home for the next five nights.
We will drive to Bethlehem and have Mass at the Shepherd’s Fields. Above the traditional Grotto of Jesus’ birth, we will visit the Nativity Church, built by the Emperor Constantine in the 4th century. We will also tour the Manger, Grotto of St. Jerome, and the Church of St. Catherine. Then visit the Franciscan Family Center and the Milk Grotto Chapel followed by some free time before returning to Jerusalem.
This morning we will drive to the top of the Mount of Olives for a spectacular view of Jerusalem. We will visit the Church of Pater Noster where Jesus taught his disciples how to pray;Ascension Chapel, the site where Jesus ascended into Heaven; and then walk the “Palm Sunday Road” to Dominus Flevit, where Our Lord wept over Jerusalem. Then we will proceed to the Garden of Gethsemane to visit the Church of All Nations for Mass on the Rock of Agony. In the afternoon, we will drive through the New City of Jerusalem to Ein
arem, birthplace of St. John the Baptist, to see the Visitation Church where Mary proclaimed her famous “Magnificat.”
This morning we will enter the Old City of Jerusalem through St. Stephen’s Gate to visit the Church of St. Anne, where the Blessed Virgin Mary was born. Next to this site is the Pool of Bethesda, where Jesus healed the paralytic man. We will then walk the Via Dolorosa finishing prayerfully in the Church of the Holy Sepulcher where we will have Holy Mass. There we will climb Mt. Calvary and pray at the site of the crucifixion. We will venerate the site where Jesus’ body was anointed, the tomb where he was buried and rose from the dead, and the Chapel of St. Helena where the true cross was found. While in theOld City, we will also see Pilate’s Judgment Hall, the Chapel of Flagellation, the Arch of Ecce Homo, the “Wailing Wall,” and we will view the Temple Mount. Afterwards, we exit the city to visit the Pool of Siloam, where Jesus healed a man born blind.We then go to Mount Zion to visit St. Peter in Gallicantu where Peter denied Jesus three times and the Upper Room, the site where Jesus celebrated the Last Supper. Last, we will pray ourRosary together in the Church of Dormition, where Mary was assumed into heaven.
We will drive to Bethany to visit the site of the House of Mary, Martha, & Lazarus and the Tomb of Lazarus. Then drive to ancient Jericho, the oldest known city in the Western world.In 1250 B.C., Joshua encircled the city, and at the blast of the priests’ trumpets, the walls came tumbling down (Joshua 6). Many times Jesus passed through this city on his way to Jerusalem. The sycamore fig, the tree which Zacchaeus climbed in order to catch a glimpse of Jesus, still grows in this area. From the ruins of ancient Jericho, we will ascend theMount of Temptation where Jesus fasted and prayed forty days to resist the devil. Return to Jerusalem. This evening we will enjoy a farewell dinner.
Today our Holy Land pilgrimage comes to an end. We will transfer to the airport for our return flight home.
- Arrangements for daily Mass
- Roundtrip economy class airfare from Houston to Tel Aviv on Turkish Airlines
- 9 nights accommodations
- All hotel taxes and service charges
- Breakfast and dinner daily
- Middle Eastern farewell dinner at the Christmas Hotel on Day 10
- Comprehensive sightseeing with a licensed Christian guide
- All entrance fees as per itinerary
- Land transportation by deluxe motor coach
- Arrival and departure transfers; group flights only
- Whisper headsets
- Porterage of one piece of luggage at airports and hotels