Bethlehem all day!

by Steve Ray on October 1, 2023

Today is one of the favorites of Pilgrims. Enjoy the Olivewood shopping, the Mass in a cave at Shepherds Field, lunch of Shawarma sandwiches, a visit to the Church of Nativity and our dinner and dancing. So much goes on today that it takes two videos. PART ONE

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Capernaum, Boat Ride, Visitation and transition to Jerusalem

by Steve Ray on September 29, 2023

The big transition today from Galilee south to Jerusalem. Three nights in Galilee, and is five nights at the Dan Panorama Hotel in Jerusalem. Both are lovely and hospitable hotels. We started the day with the boat ride on the Sea of Galilee before Mass at Capernaum and my talk “Defending the Eucharist.“ Then to […]

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Northern Galilee and Golan Heights Day and sites around the Sea

by Steve Ray on September 28, 2023

Everyone got a nice full night of sleep last night. Then we took off for Mass at the Mount of Beatitudes before driving north for an hour to Caesarea Philippi, which today is called Banias. We have to drive along the Lebanese border to get to the site. Then we stop at the Druze restaurant […]

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3 Rosary Sites Today: Transfiguration, Cana and Annunciation in Nazareth

by Steve Ray on September 27, 2023

Our first full day in the Holy Land. An early morning start, but everyone thanks us later 🙂 Up the Mount of Transfiguration to discuss the typology of Mount Sinai and Mount Tabor and everyone loves the parallels. Then to Cana to renew wedding vows and discuss St. John chapter 2, which is also full […]

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How exciting to pick up a new group at the airport

by Steve Ray on September 26, 2023

It’s always fun and exciting to pick up a new group at the Ben Gurion Airport in Tel Aviv. It means we have eight exciting days to show these good folks all of our favorite places in the world —the way Catholics should see them. Fr. James Conlon is again our priest and Amer and […]

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Our Instructional Walk thru Jerusalem on Yom Kippur 2023

by Steve Ray on September 25, 2023

Today it’s a bit like Twilight Zone in Jerusalem. All the streets are barricaded, all the shops are closed, and the city of Jerusalem is fasting and making repentance on the day of Yom Kippur. Of course, the Christians and the Muslims do not participate, but since the Jews are in control of vast areas […]

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