Pilgrimage to the Holy Land - 9/1/21

Retreat Days in Jerusalem and Galilee

Activity Level 3 - Challenging

Immerse yourself in the land of Jesus and the Apostles and visit some of the holiest places of Catholicism.  During this unique retreat experience, enjoy prayerful time along the shores of the Sea of Galilee, in the Garden of Gethsemane, and in the empty tomb of our Risen Lord. Reflect upon the love of God and his Son as you walk where Jesus walked and contemplate His presence in your life today.

Sea of Galilee
A Holy Land Retreat
Date: 9/1/2021
Duration: 12 Days
Departure: Denver
Activity Level: Level 3 - Challenging
 
$3,000
per person
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Tekton Ministries

Holy Land Pilgrimage Itinerary

Day 1 | September 1 | Depart U.S.A.

Our Holy Land retreat begins today as we depart on our flight to Israel. Meals and drinks served aloft.

Day 2 | September 2 | Arrive Tel Aviv / Caesarea Maritime / Galilee

After our morning arrival at Ben Gurion Airport in Tel Aviv, our immersion in ancient Israel where Christ walked begins. Drive along the Mediterranean Coast to Caesarea, the capital of the Roman Procurators of Judea where St. Peter preached, and St. Paul was imprisoned for two years. Visit the Roman Theater and Crusader’s Moat and see the stunning architecture and art of the Byzantine Churches. Then journey to the summit of Mt. Tabor, the site of the Transfiguration and the culminating point of Christ’s public life. Christ revealed His divinity here to three of His Apostles as He spoke with the prophets Moses and Elijah and where God spoke from Heaven declaring Christ was His beloved Son to whom they should listen (Matthew 17:5). Afterwards make our way to Galilee – our home base for the next five nights.

Day 3 | September 3 | Baptismal Site / Sea of Galilee Boat Ride / Kursi / Sussita National Park

* Today we will be using motorcoach transportation to/from all of the sites.

We begin this morning at the Yardenit baptismal site, where we will renew our baptismal vows in the very river where Christ was baptized by John the Baptist (Mark 1:9). Afterwards, travel around the Sea of Galilee and stop at Kursi, where Jesus met a possessed man and cast out a legion of demons into a herd of swine (Luke 8:26). Continue on to visit ongoing excavations at the Sussita (Hippos) National Park – where ancient mosaics depicting Biblical miracles have been unearthed. Later this afternoon, we sail upon the Sea of Galilee with ample time to reflect upon Jesus’ life and ministry in this area. We will return to the other side of the sea for an evening of reflection & prayer.

Day 4 | September 4 | Retreat day in Galilee

* We will be walking to the following sites. If you are unable to walk to/from all the sites, you may hire a local taxi at your own expense.

  • Reflect along the shores of the Sea of Galilee and ponder the life of Christ and His ministry there
  • Visit Capernaum, where our Lord called his first disciples – Peter, Andrew, James, John and Matthew – and worked many miracles.
  • Stop at the place commemorating the healing of the hemorrhaging woman (Matthew 9:20)
  • Walk along the sidewalk by the sea to Peter’s Primacy, where Jesus appeared to the Apostles after His Resurrection and confirmed Peter in the role as Vicar of Christ with the words, “Feed My sheep”
  • Ponder the feeding of the 5,000 at Tabgha – the site where Jesus multiplied the Loaves and Fishes (Luke 9:13)
  • Experience prayerful reflection on the Mt. of Beatitudes – walk and visit Jesus’ Cave and the site of the Sermon on the Mount.
  • Breakfast, Dinner, Mass daily
Day 5 | September 5 | Retreat day in Galilee
Day 6 | September 6 | Retreat day in Galilee
Day 7 | September 7 | Galilee / Magdala / Jerusalem

We begin this morning in Magdala, birthplace of Mary Magdalene, known as “the Apostle to the Apostles,” where we have time for prayerful reflection as we visit the chapel and surrounding ruins. We then depart from the region of Galilee and travel south through the Jordan River Valley. Ponder how the children of Israel crossed the River Jordan opposite Jericho when they came to the Promised Land. These are the waters the prophet Elijah divided and crossed with Elisha and in which Naaman the Syrian dipped seven times to cure his leprosy. On our way to Jerusalem, we pass by Jericho, the oldest known city in the Western world. In 1250 B.C., Joshua and the Israelites encircled the city, trumpets blasting, and the walls came tumbling down (Joshua 6). Jesus Himself passed through Jericho on his way to Jerusalem. From the road view the Mount of Temptation, where Jesus fasted and prayed for 40 days to resist the devil. Continue through the Judean Wilderness along the road Jesus mentioned in his parable of the Good Samaritan on our day in Jerusalem, our home for the next five nights.

Day 8 | September 8 | Jerusalem: Mt. of Olives / Gethsemane / Ein Karem

* Today we will be using motorcoach transportation to/from all of the sites.

We will take a morning drive to the top of the Mount of Olives for a panoramic view of Jerusalem and visit the Church of the Pater Noster where Jesus taught his disciples how to pray the “Our Father.” Descend the mount on the path Christ walked on the “Palm Sunday Road” to Dominus Flevit, where Christ wept over Jerusalem and her future destruction. Then enter into the Garden of Gethsemane where Christ had his agony and was betrayed. Keep watch with Christ and pray in the Church of All Nations at the Rock of Agony, the very rock where Christ prayed and sweated blood before he was to be crucified. In the afternoon, we drive to Ein Karem, one of the most beautiful sites in the New City of Jerusalem where St. John the Baptist was born. Pray at the Visitation Church where Mary proclaimed her service to God in her Magnificat prayer. Journey a short distance to the Monastery of St. John in the Desert, where Zechariah and Elizabeth fled and found refuge during the time of Herod’s massacre of the innocents. This evening, we will spend a Holy Hour in prayer together. (B, D, Mass)

Day 9 | September 9 | Retreat Day in Jerusalem

* We will be walking to the following sites. If you are unable to walk to/from all the sites, you may hire a local taxi at your own expense.

  • Prayerfully reflect upon Jesus’ own journeys to Jerusalem, especially the one that led Him to Calvary and his eventual Resurrection, as we experience four full days in and around this holy city.
  • Enter the Old City of Jerusalem at St. Stephen’s Gate, and visit the Church of St. Anne, where the Blessed Virgin Mary was born. Nearby is the Pool of Bethesda, where Jesus healed the paralytic man. We will continue to see Pilate’s Judgement Hall, the Chapel of Flagellation, the Arch of Ecce Homo, where Pilate said, “Behold the man,” with Jesus standing before the crowds in His crown of thorns and with His body torn after his scourging.
  • Prayerfully, walk the Via Dolorosa to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre and climb the steps up to Mt. Calvary to pray at the site of the Crucifixion. 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 she found the true cross.
  • Walk to Mt. Zion, where Christ celebrated the Last Supper in the Upper Room, then journey to the Church of the Dormition, the traditional site where Mary was assumed into heaven. Stop in St. Peter in Gallicantu atop which sits a golden rooster – recalling the place where Peter denied Jesus three times (Matthew 26). It was the palace of the high priest Caiaphas, where Jesus was brought to jail after his arrest and kept in the dungeon that sits underneath the Church.
  • Breakfast, Dinner, Mass daily
Day 10 | September 10 | Retreat Day in Jerusalem
Day 11 | September 11 | Retreat Day in Jerusalem
Day 12 | September 12 | Jerusalem / Tel Aviv / U.S.A.

Our time pondering the wonder and awe of the Holy Land comes to an end. We transfer to the airport in Tel Aviv to catch our return flight home.

 

What's Included

  • Daily Mass at holy sites
  • Roundtrip economy airfare from Denver to Tel Aviv on United Airlines
  • 10 nights’ accommodation, including taxes and service charges
  • Porterage of one piece of luggage at airports and hotels
  • Deluxe motor coach transportation to holy sites; all entrance fees listed on itinerary
  • Breakfast and dinner (excluding drinks)
  • Middle Eastern dinner on day 10
Contact Tekton Ministries to reserve your spot on this life-changing pilgrimage