Holy Land & Jordan September 2018 (SOLD OUT)

11 September 2018 to 20 September 2018

Everyone is welcome to join this pilgrimge. We will be joined by many good folks from Ascension Catholic Church in Boca Raton Florida with their pastor Fr. Gavin Badway. He loves to travel and is excited to be the chaplain for this journey through the biblical lands of Jordan and Israel. You can visit their parish website HERE and listen to his homilies HERE.

But this is an open pilgrimage and everyone is welcome!

Steve and Janet have partnered with the same Roman Catholic Nazarene guide for all their trips over the last decade. Amer Shehadeh is a practicing Catholic and a walking encyclopedia. We consider him the finest Christian guide in the Holy Land–and we are not alone in that assessment. Having a Christian guide is very important.

Steve and Janet Ray plan and execute every aspect of this trip–personally. They are with you every step of the pilgrimage.

You’ll enjoy Steve and Janet’s trusted hotels and delicious meals including some amazing dinner experiences away from the typical hotel buffets.

Wine is provided with all dinners along with a wide range of cuisines to experience the Holy Land to it’s fullest.

You will receive their 110-page color handbook, daily YouTube videos so your family and friends can join you virtually every day and a fully edited movie of your trip upon your return home.

Steve personally teaches at the holy sites and shares experiences from over 150 previous trips to Israel and other biblical lands since 1995. We do everything we can to support the local Christians who only make up 1.5% of the population.

Daily Mass at the holiest sites and we pray every Mystery of the Rosary where it took place.
Also, pray the Stations of the Cross on the way to Calvary and Mass at the Tomb.

Steve & Janet Ray, along with Fr. Gavin Badway, invite you to join us on this unique and intimate pilgrimage. You will be with like-minded Catholics from around the country for a marvelous pilgrimage through the land of our Lord and Our Lady, the prophets and apostles.

Jordan pre-trip (see the separate brochure and web page here)

Come, meet Jesus on Jordan’s bank

Come, meet Jesus on Jordan’s bank–Visiting #HolyJordan, you walk in the footsteps of Joshua, Elijah, John the Baptist, and Christ Himself. READ MORE: http://bit.ly/AleteiaJordan

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2nd Half of our Group Arrive in Israel

The second half of our group, those who did not join us in Jordan, have arrived in good shape. We picked them up at the airport in Tel Aviv and brought them up to Tiberias where they arrived on the shores of the Sea of Galilee. We had a great dinner and Mass and they all got to bed for a big day tomorrow.

Israel Day 2: Transfiguration, Cana & Nazareth

Mass at Mount of Transfiguration (Fr. Gavin’s excellent homily here), renewal of wedding vows in Cana and all kinds of amazing things in Nazareth. Enjoy today’s video!

Israel Day 3: Beatitudes, Caesarea Philippi, Golan Heights, Tabgha, Primacy & Magdelena

We started our day at the Mount of Beatitudes and had Mass at the same place Jesus gave his sermon. You can watch Fr. Gavin Badway’s homily here. Then up to Banias which in the Bible is called Caesarea Philippi where Steve gave his talk “Peter: the Rock the Keys in the Chair.“

We drove through the Golan Heights in Druze territory and had lunch at a family owned Druze restaurant before looking out over the border into Syria and discussing the political situation in the Middle East.

Then back down to the Sea of Gallilee to visit the Primacy of Peter and the place of the Multiplication of Loaves and Fish. Some free time was followed by dinner at one of the finest restaurants in Israel called Magdalena.

Israel Day 4: Capernaum, Boat Ride, St. Peter Fish, Visitation, Arrival in Jerusalem

Our final day in Galilee and we had Mass at Capernaum where Jesus said “Eat My Flesh and Drink My Blood.” Fr. Gavin’s homily here. I also gave an abbreviated version of my talk “Defending the Eucharist.”

Boat ride on the Sea of Galilee and viewing 2,000 year old “Jesus Boat.” Would you like  eating St. Peters Fish like Jesus and the apostles did? Then a 2 hour drive south to Jerusalem with a stop for toilets and ice cream. I gave my conversion story on the bus along the way and we arrived at the Church of Visitation where I gave my talk on Defending the Doctrines of Mary. I reminded everyone that Mary had to walk 100 miles to visit her relatives.

We arrived at the Notre Dame Center in Jerusalem which is only a 10 minute walk to the Holy Sepulcher. Everyone settled in comfortably for the night.

Israel Day 5: Bethlehem All Day - including Dancing!

Today we spent the whole day in Bethlehem. We did some shopping to support the local Christians (you have to see the store to believe it), and then we went to the Church of the Nativity to touch the birthplace of our Lord Jesus.

Then we ate Schwarma and falafels before going for Mass in a cave where the shepherds heard the proclamation of the angels on the first Christmas Eve. Fr. Gavin’s excellent homily is here.

I gave my talk “Story of Salvation History“ looking out over the city of Jerusalem from a higher vantage point.

We ended the day in a “Bedouin tent“ restaurant where we ate a whole roasted lamb and everybody DANCED. This is in the second video for today. Don’t quit watching until you see all of our group dancing out on the dance floor. Fr. Gavin won the award for the best dancer of the evening! It was really a lot of fun!


Israel Day 6: Israel Museum, Jordan River, Jericho, Qumran, Dead Sea, Riding Camels

We give everybody a free day today but we offer an optional tour for those who would like to go. Our Mass today was at the Notre Dame Center and you can see Fr. Gavin‘s homily here.

We start at the Israel Museum and see the Temple Model and the Dead Sea Scrolls. Then we drive down in elevation 4150 feet to the Dead Sea and Jordan River. We renew baptismal vows and pray the Mystery of the Baptism of Our Lordo at the Jordan River.

Then we go into Jericho for lunch and to see the Mount of Temptation and a sycamore tree. Then to Qumran followed by swimming in the Dead Sea and riding camels. A fun day was had by all!

Israel Day 7: Gethsemane, Paternoster, Ascension, Western Wall, Mount Zion, Upper Room, Dinner on Roof of Jerusalem

A world wind day seeing lots of things in and around Jerusalem. First, was a very emotional and moving Mass at Gethsemane at the rock was Jesus sweat drops of blood.  You can see/hear Fr. Gavin’s homily here. From there to the top of the Mount of Olives where Jesus taught his disciples to pray and ascended into heaven.

From there we went to the Western Wall on the eve of Yom Kippur–very interesting! Then lunch at Ramat Rachel Kibbutz.  Our next stop was Mount Zion or we visited the Upper Room and the Dormition of Mary.

Some free time followed and then we gathered on the roof of Jerusalem for dinner—the 4th floor of the Notre Dame Center in the open air in an elegant setting was good food and wine overlooking the Holy Sepulchre  in the Holy City of Jerusalem. It is the Eve of Yom Kippur!

Israel Day 8: Via Dolorosa, Calvary, Mass in Aramaic, Holy Shroud Exhibit, Ceremonial Entrance into Tomb

We started the day by leaving the hotel at 5 AM in the morning to walk the Via Dolorosa in peace and quiet after which we did a tour of the Holy Sepulchre  and touched the top of Calvary where the cross once stood.

We then had Mass. Fr. Badway’s excellent final homily here.   His whole consecration in Aramaic is also on the homily video. Make sure to also hear him sing the consecration in Aramaic, the language of our Lord Jesus. Beautiful! Be sure to listen to Deacon Jim’s inspiring reflections here.

Holy Shroud Exhibit — remarkable and very moving. Lunch at Rossini’s Christian Restaurant. Free time and then…

…a Solemn Entry into the Tomb with Franciscan accompaniment.

Farewells & Comments at Close of Pilgrimage

Enjoy the fun and camaraderie as everyone prepares to leave for home. Lots of fun, nice comments and endorsements.