First Day in Israel: Sepphoris, Caesarea Maritime & Megiddo
by Steve Ray on February 13, 2020
Tremendous day with gorgeous weather, perfect for a pilgrimage! After a delicious breakfast we started the day at Sepphoris where Jesus and Joseph went to work every day building this Roman capital city. We had Mass in the ruins of Saints Joachim and Anna Church where many believed they lived before moving to Jerusalem and giving birth to Mary (homily here).
Then to Megiddo which is one of King Solomon‘s great walled cities along the Via Maris trade route. It’s also where we get the name Armageddon because this plain is where the final battle between good and evil will take place.
Our third stop was Caesarea Maritime where Peter preached to Cornelius and his household and the first Gentile believers were added to the Church. Paul was imprisoned here for two years.
Back to the hotel for some free time before dinner at the over-the-top Magdelena Restaurant.
STEVE’S TALK: Joseph & Jesus Manly Workers; Birth of Mary
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