Day 2: Mt. Tabor, Cana & Nazareth

by Steve Ray on February 19, 2011

Another good day and everyone felt a lot better after a good night’s sleep. We took off early for Mount Tabor where the Transfiguration took place 2,000 years ago.

People always ask me, “How long did it take for Jesus and the three disciples to get to the top of the mountain?” I never had an answer until last week. I decided to climb-run to the top and back down. It took one hour and 15 minutes to get up and 45 minutes to come down the shorter side. You can see the video of that run here.

We had a great time on the top of Tabor (and in the whizzing taxis up and down). Then off to Cana in Galilee to renew wedding vows. One couple was celebrating 52 years of marriage.

Then to lunch in Nazareth before having Mass at the Grotto of the Annunciation where Gabriel announced the good news to Mary. We toured this church and got everyone back in time for a short rest and dinner. After dinner Fr. Shane sat with the group on the shore of the sea and gave a biblical reflection of all the things we had seen this day.


  • Elizabeth Ramos says:

    Enjoyed seeing my parents renew their wedding vows.
    Thank you for posting these videos.
    God’s blessings,
    Alex, Elizabeth, and Flora Ramos

  • Betsy Ware says:

    Thank you so very much for posting these videos…it makes it a little easier to be away from my husband while he makes this journey with you all. I wish I could have been there with you all.

  • Sue Bennett says:

    Hope your having a wonderful time Chuck. All of us miss you at morning mass. We are following you on your trip everyday. This is so coooool 🙂 Sue

  • Paul Hoppe says:

    Way to go with the “Hoppe Humor”, mom (@ 8:42)!

    We love you, and look forward to sharing your memories of this pligrimage when you get home!

    -Paul, Ellen and Will

  • Fr. Courtney says:

    What a joy to watch the videos and see pilgrims from the pilgrimage from the Shroud!
    Hello to all and be assured of my prayers for you as walk witH with Jesus our brother and Lord! Hello to Fr. Shane!
    Peace, Fr. Courtney

  • Doug Daunis says:

    Chuck and everyone
    These videos on this site of your trip are so overwhelming. I can’t begin to express how I feel looking and listening to the narration. I can’t imagine what it’s like to be there in person walking where Christ walked. Only hope one day Marylyn and myself will be able to make this trip.

    Ya’ll are in my prayers daily and I pray that ya’ll have a safe and wonderful trip.

    PS: Go fishing in the Sea of Galilee…I remember reading somewhere that throw nets worked really great!

  • Rebeca Altman says:

    Mr. and Mrs. Steve Altman, may this journey bring you closer together in faith with our Lord. We congratulate you in your renewal of vows, after 35+ years of marriage. May God continue to bless your union. On another note, we are so happy the congregation of the Church of Annunciation got to hear grandpas voice. Your grandchildren sure love it when he reads to them. We miss you!
    ~Bryan, Rebeca, Benryan and Kiara Altman
    Here is your “wedding” cake by Me!

    ——- |_|_|_|———
    ——- | God |——–
    —— | *Bless* |——
    —- |***Your***|—–
    — |**Marriage**|—–

  • Lisa Brown says:

    Nancy and Steve Altman
    Hi mom and dad, hope you are still having as much fun as you were having on day 1… I am so excited everytime there is a new video!  We cant wait to see all that you are doing and be a part of your trip in a small way… I saw that you went shopping yesterday and cant wait to see what you got me :)… just kidding!  Well I will talk to you soon, love you both!!
    PS I got a 100% on my first MBA final, woohoo!!!!
    Lisa and Anson Brown

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