I gave the short talk, standing on a wall at Padre Pio’s shrine in San Giovanni Rotondo Italy for our group a few years ago. It was kind of impromptu and came out pretty well. Enjoy! We are doing our very popular “Saints and Shrines of Italy“ pilgrimage again twice in 2025 for the Jubilee year. Keep your eye on my website at www.footprintsofgod.com and we hope you can join us.
Our final day, which we call the “fun day“. We visit the model of Jerusalem from the time of Jesus, the Shrine of the Book, and then descend to 4250 feet to the Jordan Valley to renew our baptismal vows and pray the 1st Luminous Mystery at the Jordan river. From there to Jericho for lunch, and to see the Mount of Temptation and visit a Hebron glass shop. Then to Qumran and the always
Early morning for the Via Dolorosa, touching the top of Calvary, and having Mass at the tomb. After the Mass we were the first group allowed to go inside the tomb where Jesus was buried in rose again. After breakfast, we went up the Mount of Olives to visit Paternoster, where Jesus taught his disciples to pray the zOur Father and from which he ascended into heaven. After a Shawarma lunch overlooking the Old City
Our first full day in Jerusalem and we got a lot accomplished. Everyone loves Mass at the rock where Jesus sweat drops of blood at Gethsemane. Very moving! Jesus said he loved his Father’s House, the Temple. I always enjoy showing people the Western Wall and explaining to them where the temple stood, and all the history and religious significance of the place before we touch the wall to pray. We also went to the
It takes two videos to cover the day in Bethlehem. The first video is a YouTube, which covers our visits to the Bethlehem store, Mass at Shepherds Field in a cave, lunch of Shawarma sandwiches and a visit to the cChurch of Nativity where Jesus was born. The second video is a Vimeo video. That covers our fantastic Lamb dinner a mountain of Palestinian rice — with the local Dabka Christian dancers. It’s one of