It’s always fun and encouraging to listen to the Pilgrim’s comments and thoughts on their recent days of walking in the footprints of our Lord and our Lady. Towards the end of this video, my wife Janet gives an impassioned challenge to the pilgrims as they return home. It’s certainly worth listening to for everyone. It was a great blessing to lead these folks through the land and great to be encouraged by their response.
The last and the fun Day. We visited the Israel Museum to see the 2nd Temple Model of the city as it was in Jesus’s time. Then we go to the lowest place on the face of the earth, arriving at the Jordan River to renew our baptismal vows, and pray the 1st Luminous Mystery. Jericho for lunch and shopping for Hebron glass before going to Qumran, floating in the Dead Sea and riding camels.
Today was spent in Jerusalem. We started the day with Mass at Gethsemane which is always a very moving mMass for folks at the very place where Jesus sweat drops of blood. Then to the top of the Mount of Olives where Jesus taught the disciples to pray, and from which he ascended into heaven. Mount Zion was next with the Upper Room (4 sacraments) and St. Peter in Gallicantu. Dormition Church is closed for
The highlight of a pilgrimage is the Holy Sepulchre, Calvary and the tomb. We started at 4:30 in the morning with the Via Dolorosa to avoid the crowds and have a spectacular time with our Lord in this most intimate setting. After a couple hours of free time we went to the western wall, and then the rest of the day was free. Enjoy!
Today we leave Israel for a time and go into the Palestinian West Bank and visit Bethlehem for the day. We start at the Bethlehem store, where we hear the Our Father Prayer chanted in Jesus’ language of Aramaic. People love the shop and it’s a good way to start the day. We then had Mass in a cave where the shepherds were tending their flocks 2000 years ago when heaven was opened and the
We only move once during our pilgrimage for the convenience of the pillowgrims. So today we leave Galile and head to Jerusalem, where we’ll spend the next five nights. If you look on the map you go “down” from Galilee to Jerusalem. But in biblical terms, it is always going “up to Jerusalem!” Mass at the very place where Jesus said, “Eat my Flesh and drink my Blood.” I give my talk “Defending the Eucharist.”