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Last Day, Fun Day! Museum, Jordan River, Jericho, Dead Sea, Camels…

by Steve Ray on February 21, 2019


Today is the last full day of our pilgrimage. For those who started with us and Jordan it has been two weeks of adventures together. For those who joined us in Israel we’ve had eight days together. All has gone amazingly well but unhappily several people have come down with colds and fevers. Some people […]

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To the Cross with Jesus: Via Dolorosa, Mass at Calvary, Visit the Tomb, Western Wall, Dinner on the Roof

by Steve Ray on February 20, 2019


We walked out the door of the hotel at 3:30 AM and we carried our crosses along that Via Dolorosa. We all touched the top of Calvary before we had Mass where Jesus hung bleeding for our sins. It’s a good thing we started early this morning because by 5:00 AM the church was already […]

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Gethsemane, Mount of Olives, Mount Zion, Upper Room and more

by Steve Ray on February 19, 2019


We started the day with Mass at Gethsemane. The homily was exceptional and you can see/hear it here. From there we went to the top of the Mount of Olives to visit the cave where Jesus taught his disciples to pray the Our Father. It is also from here that Jesus ascended into heaven. Then […]

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Bethlehem All Day! Nativity, Mass in a Cave, Passover Lamb, Dancing and more

by Steve Ray on February 18, 2019


All day in amazing Bethlehem. I gave my overview of the history of Bethlehem as were driving through the checkpoint into the Palestinian West Bank. We give everyone time for shopping (which is our one and only time for doing such). Mass in a cave at Shepherds Field Next to the Church of Nativity to […]

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Israel Day 4: Capernaum, Boat Ride, St. Peter’s Fish, Visitation and Jerusalem!

by Steve Ray on February 17, 2019


Mass at Capernaum is always a great way to start the day. The readings are from the Gospel of St. John chapter 6 “ Eat My Flesh and Drink My Blood.” Fr. Dan’s excellent homily here. I give my talk There entitled “Defending the Eucharist.” From there we get on a boat and voyage out […]

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Beatitudes, “You are Peter (Rock),” Golan, Multiplication, Peter’s Primacy and more

by Steve Ray on February 16, 2019


Mass and prayer at Mount of Beatitudes. Homily at Beatitudes here. North to Banias (Caesarea Philippi) where Jesus appointed Peter as Royal Steward of his kingdom (Matt16). Druze lunch and driving through the Golan Heights. Drive near Syrian border with profound explanation of situation in Middle East by Amer. Back to Sea of Galilee to […]

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