Holy Land Pilgrimage Day Two

by Steve Ray on September 2, 2007

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Today it was HOT! But no one complained and we moved very nicely through sites. No one was late and we move efficiently which allowed us to have free time at the end of the day.

We started out with breakfast before leaving at 7:30 heading for Mount Tabor where the Transfiguration took place. Most people don't realize that the Great Commission also took place on this mountain. In Matthew 28 Jesus sends his apostles out to the ends of the world to baptize and to teach. He did this while looking over the land from the top of this mountain.

This mountain is a reflection of Mount Sinai which we will visit in about 10 days. Jesus is the New Moses and this is demonstrated on this mountain. Moses face shone brightly at Mount Sinai — Jesus face shone on Mount Tabor. A cloud (glory of God) descended on Mount Tabor and Mount Sinai. Moses prophecied in Sinai about THE prophet to come with the words "Listen to Him" = God spoke from above Mount Tabor at the Transfiguration pointing to Jesus as the prophet with the words "Listen to Him." So much more!

 We then went to Stella Maris in Haifa on the Mediterranean Sea. Here we visited the Cave of Elijah and the center of Carmelite spirituality. One young lady has pretty much decided to become a sister (nun) and this stop was very exciting to her.

After a delicious and leisurely lunch we drove to Nazareth to celebrate Sunday Mass in the grotto where the Archangel Gabriel came to young Mary with the astounding news that she would give birth to the Holy One of God. everyone was able to touch their Rosaries to this amazing spot where the Word become flesh. Here the Incarnation took place where the first cells within the womb of Mary were both man and God. In the altar — in Latin — are the words "The Word Became Flesh HERE!"

After visiting the home of the Holy Family and discussing their life in Nazareth we drove back to the Pilgerhaus in time for many to go swimming in the Sea of Galilee, others to nap and still others to sit on the patio overlooking the sea discussing many topics. Great Fun!

Good dinner and to bed to prepare for a big day tomorrow. We will go to the place of the Multiplication of Loaves, have Mass on the Mount of Beatitudes, visit Caesarea Philippi where Jesus said "You are Peter (Rock) and on this Rock I will build My Church. We will drive along the Lebanese and Syrian borders before having a great lunch in a Druze restaurant in the Goland Heights. We will then renew wedding vows in Cana of Galilee before heading to dinner at our (Steve and Janet's) favorite restaurant in Israel.

Keep us in your prayers. Everyone is doing great, having a wonderful time and eating a lot of good food. Corporate Travel has done a great job for us, Amer our local guide is excellent and these are two priests are great. We are already talking about a Footprints of St. Paul Pilgrimage for the near future. Stay tuned 🙂 


  • Jill Swanson says:

    Hello to Pat and Larry Yavello,

    You have walked by the Sea of Galilee! Oh, how I would love to be there with you! It must be tremendous to be in Israel where the greatest story ever told took place. There must be a special sense of God’s presence in this land. I hope you both took a swim in Galilee:) What a great idea to renew your marriage vows in Cana. I love you both and am looking forward to hearing all about your trip. May God continue to expand your sense of awe and wonder of Himself as you travel.
    Love, Jill

  • Julie Capp says:


    Glad you brought your swimming suit, afterall. Tucker would be proud! Looks like you are having an amazing time. Shelly and Jim got your message and fwd’d it to Andy. You are all in my prayers for a safe journey.

    Luv Ya
    Julie Capp

  • Hello Janet and Steve, This is great with the day to day videos you are presenting to us home bodies. It is reliving our own pilgrimage we were fortunate to make with you in 2005. Looking forward to all your daily videos. It was also good to see Dee McNoskey and Joe Reynolds – if you get the chance, say hello to both. Take care and God Bless. eddie in Stevens Point

  • Genevieve says:

    Mom and Dad!! (Pat and Larry Yavello)– Wow, it is amazing to see you and to be able to follow along with you on your journey… You must be just overwhelmed by all that you are experiencing. I hope you are taking it all in and having a wonderful time!
    Anne and Diana- So great to see you guys on here too! I’m glad you made it there safely… All of you are in my thoughts and prayers during this incredible pilgrimage. Take lots of pictures! I’ll continue to follow along on the blog… Thanks, Steve, for making this possible!

    Genevieve Yavello

  • Genevieve says:

    Mom and Dad!! (Pat and Larry Yavello)– It’s so amazing to see you in these videos and to be able to follow along with you on your journey. You must be just overwhelmed by all you are experiencing. I hope you’re taking it all in and having a wonderful time! Anne and Diana– So great to see you guys on here too! I’m so glad you arrived safely… All of you are in my thoughts and prayers during this incredible journey. Take lots of pictures, okay? I will continue to follow along on the blog- Thanks, Steve, for making that possible!

    Genevieve Yavello

  • Pat Hornung says:


    This is wonderful to be able to follow you on your journey. They need to photograph you more…only saw you on the bus from the airport saying Hi Mark.
    Becky looked good with beer in hand. Cannot imagine you up and on the road at 7:30 am….how did you survive the flight with no smokes? Now be sure to get in front of the camera so I know your really with the group.

    Prayers are with you on the journey


    Pat Hornung

  • Pat Hornung says:


    Saw you arrival day on the bus…saying Hi Mark…have not seen you in the video since. Becky looked good with beer in hand…bet that taste great!!
    Cannot imagine you being ready to visit the sites at 7:30 am….Have not seen Pam in any of the pictures yet ….you gals need to get in front of the camera.

    Long flight…how did you survive not smoking. That had to be a real sacrifice for you.

    Look forward to tomorrow’s video of your journey.


  • Renfer family says:

    Hi Fr. Steve,

    These videos are so cool. We almost feel like we are right there. Bet it is so awesome being with the Rays! Have a great time.


    The Renfers

  • Matt, Trisha, Palmer & Finn says:

    Papa & Grandma Dorrie:

    We hope you went swimming in the Sea of Galilee. 🙂 Happy to see you made it and are doing well. Palmer was saying “hi Papa, hi Papa” to the video of you on the bus. 🙂

    See you soon –

    Matt, Trisha, Palmer & Finn

  • Hello Steve, Janet, Fr. Steve, and Richard Adamian!

    How wonderful to follow along! So many blessed memories of my pilgrimage with the Rays. My very best to you with many prayers for abundant Graces and lasting transformation from this holy pilgrimage to the places Jesus walked.

    On behalf of the Fatima Family Married Apostolate – God’s tender Love and Mercy, Shalom!


  • Kay Carney & Bruce Correll says:

    Shalom Geri:

    We’re having fun watching your trip unfold. Enjoy!
    All the best,
    Kay & Bruce

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