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Concerns about Travel and the Coronaviris (Updated 2/26)

by Steve Ray on February 22, 2020


UPDATE 2/26/20: I just checked the Center for Disease Control (CDC) regarding Israel and there is not even a mention of the coronavirus. Their latest advisory was on Jan 3, 2020 warning about measles outbreaks in various parts of the world (not mentioning Israel specifically) and no matter where you travel to take precautions. There […]

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Good-bye Indefatigable Pilgrims: 13 Days thru Jordan & Israel: Comments & Farewells

by Steve Ray on February 21, 2020


We had a great 13 days together, 14 if you count the flight over. This was like a big Bible study visiting sites that most people never see in these biblical lands. From the mountains of Gilead in the north of Jordan down through Amman and Madaba in the mountains of Moab south through the […]

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Mass at Holy Sepulchre, Visit Garden Tomb, Rossini’s and free afternoon

by Steve Ray on February 20, 2020


Today is our last day of a long pilgrimage. After four full days and Jordan and nine in Israel the trip comes to a close today and everyone heads to the airport tonight. But we started with an early morning with Mass in the Blessed Sacrament Chapel in the Holy Sepulchre. We walked back for […]

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Holy Sepulchre, Ancient Walls, City of David Archaeology Site, Pool of Siloam, St. Stephens…

by Steve Ray on February 19, 2020


We started the day with a walking tour from the Notre Dame Center to the Holy Sepulchre. After a tour and visit there with time to pray, we walked to the Russian Church which has the ancient walls of Jerusalem proving that the Holy Sepulchre site was outside the city walls at the time of […]

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Temple Mount, Bethany, Jericho, Bethel & Satya

by Steve Ray on February 18, 2020


Another four amazing sites today. We started out on Temple Mount which is now under the control of the Muslims but where Solomon’s Temple once stood an the temple Jesus knew and loved. It is also called Mount Moriah. Then to Bethany where Jesus lived with Lazarus, Martha and Mary. It was his home and […]

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Today in 2 Parts: Mass at Bethlehem’s Milk Grotto, Abraham’s Tomb in Hebron, Herod’s Herodion and more

by Steve Ray on February 17, 2020


Well we’re off to a good start here in Jerusalem. We’re staying at the Notre Dame hotel and this morning we takeoff for Bethlehem in the south. We started at the shop so people can buy some authentic Christian olivewood and religious items. Then we had Mass at the Milk Grotto where the Holy Family […]

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