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Holy Sepulchre, Ancient Walls, City of David Archaeology Site, Pool of Siloam, St. Stephens…

by Steve Ray on February 19, 2020


We started the day with a walking tour from the Notre Dame Center to the Holy Sepulchre. After a tour and visit there with time to pray, we walked to the Russian Church which has the ancient walls of Jerusalem proving that the Holy Sepulchre site was outside the city walls at the time of […]

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Temple Mount, Bethany, Jericho, Bethel & Satya

by Steve Ray on February 18, 2020


Another four amazing sites today. We started out on Temple Mount which is now under the control of the Muslims but where Solomon’s Temple once stood an the temple Jesus knew and loved. It is also called Mount Moriah. Then to Bethany where Jesus lived with Lazarus, Martha and Mary. It was his home and […]

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Today in 2 Parts: Mass at Bethlehem’s Milk Grotto, Abraham’s Tomb in Hebron, Herod’s Herodion and more

by Steve Ray on February 17, 2020


Well we’re off to a good start here in Jerusalem. We’re staying at the Notre Dame hotel and this morning we takeoff for Bethlehem in the south. We started at the shop so people can buy some authentic Christian olivewood and religious items. Then we had Mass at the Milk Grotto where the Holy Family […]

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Samaria, Jacob’s Well, Sebaste, Joppa and David & Goliath

by Steve Ray on February 16, 2020


Today was one of the more interesting days in our Holy Land 2 Pilgrimage. We crossed into the Palestinian West Bank and switched buses for issues of safety. It was a little tense but we judged it safe and were blessed by our decision with an amazing incursion into the West Bank.  We drove to […]

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Our Dinner at Amer Shehadeh‘s Home and the Story of the Syrian Coffee Pot

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We had an incredible dinner at Amer Shehadeh‘s house in Nazareth. He invited all 53 of our group to enjoy his wife’s fantastic cooking and the beautiful ambience of their home and family. Enjoy! Oh, by the way we also got him to tell the story of the Syrian coffee pot!

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Mount Carmel, Mount Muhraka and Fire from Heaven, Akko, Nazareth and Dinner at Amer’s House

by Steve Ray on February 15, 2020


Last night was reminiscent of the gospel story when the disciples got into the boat and Jesus joined them and the waves arose and the winds blew and they were afraid for their lives. They woke Jesus and he calmed the storm. There was no rain or storm last night but the winds were howling […]

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