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Arrival of Pilgrims in Israel

by Steve Ray on October 10, 2019


It’s always exciting when the plane lands and our pilgrims get off the plane and step onto the land of Israel for the first time. Yes, they’re tired and exhausted from the flight, but there’s also a sense of exhilaration and excitement. Everyone arrived in good shape and we got up to Galilee without any […]

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Yom Kippur in Jerusalem; Holy Day of Atonement – like Twilight Zone

by Steve Ray on October 9, 2019


Today Janet and I are waiting for our group to arrive tomorrow in Israel. But we get to enjoy and be part of Yom Kippur, the great and holy Day of Atonement for the Jews. It was the day the high priest took the blood of a goat and a bull into the Holy of […]

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Legatus Day 8: Via Dolorosa, Mass on Calvary; Western Wall & Farewells

by Steve Ray on September 27, 2019


We hope you enjoy these two movies of our final day with the Legatus Holy Land pilgrimage. These are a bunch of wonderful folks and we had a very blessed and exciting time together. The first video is our early morning to carry our crosses on the way to Calvary where we had Mass. After […]

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Legatus Day 7: Mount of Olives & Mount Zion

by Steve Ray on September 25, 2019


Always nice to start the day with Mass in the Garden of Gethsemane surrounding the very stone where Jesus sweat drops of blood (homily here). Then up the Mount of Olives to the Church of Paternoster where Jesus taught his disciples to pray the Our Father and from where he ascended into heaven. I gave […]

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Legatus Day 6: Jordan Valley, Jericho, Jordan River, Dead Sea and Solemn Entry into Tomb

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This is always one of the favorite days for our pilgrims. We start out with Mass at the Notre Dame Center (homily here). The Israel Museum is our next stop will review the Temple Model which is like walking around Jerusalem at the time of Christ. We also saw the Dead Sea Scrolls in the […]

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Legatus Day 5: All Day Bethlehem

by Steve Ray on September 24, 2019


We took our folks to the best olivewood shop in Bethlehem. It has fine quality work and an excellent selection of everything including icons, olivewood, mother of pearl, etc. We also had exclusive access into the birthplace of Christ under the Church of Nativity without waiting in line. Everyone was able to touch the very […]

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