Holy Land with Al Kresta Sept 2017 (SOLD OUT)

24 September 2017 to 03 October 2017



Arabic Mass in Jerusalem with Local Palestinians - only 2 minutes

Today Janet and I went to Mass Here in Jerusalem a day before our group arrives. Always moving to share the Liturgy with the local Christians in the in the Middle East.

Al Kresta and 100 Pilgrims Arrive in the Holy Land

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Ever since I first came to Israel it has been my dream to bring Al and Sally Kresta with me. Today is a dream come true as Al and Sally Kresta landed in the airport in Tel Aviv.

Enjoy our arrival day…

Great Experiences and Learning at Transfiguration, Cana and Nazareth

A wonderful first full day starting with Mass  at the top of the Mount of Transfiguration  which is 1900 feet high. You can hear and see the excellent homily here.

From there we renewed our wedding vows in Cana of Galilee.

And authentic lunch in Nazareth with lamb and chicken and all the local salads before we went to the Church of Annunciation where the Angel Gabriel told Mary that she would have gave birth to the Son of God.

This is where the Incarnation took place.  On the altar it says, “ The Word Became Flesh HERE!”

Free time back at the Sea of Gallilee with a great dinner and time to swim and enjoy the ambience of this biblical place.

Mass at Beatitudes, Understanding “You Are Peter”, Syrian Border and more

Another great day! Started out with Mass at Mount of Beatitudes (excellent homily HERE) and then drove to the very northern tip of Israel along the Lebonese and Syrian borders.

I gave by talk “Peter, the Rock and the Keys”. This is where Jesus appointed Peter to be the rock and the foundation of the church.

A very wonderful day and much more for you to enjoy.

Galilee Boat Ride, Healing Mass at Capernaum, 4 Talks by Steve, Visitation and Jerusalem

Great day – enjoy! Homily and anointing of Nick Thomm for healing here.

All Day Bethlehem, "Our Father" Sung in Jesus' Language, Mass in a Cave...

I have always wanted to show Al Kresta the Holy Land a what a joy to make that dream a reality. One hundred pilgrims moving like a well-oiled machine – GREAT GROUP! Today was all day in Bethlehem and what a great day it was. Falafel or shawarma for lunch.

Our Mass was in the cave where the shepherds were staying with their sheep on the first Christmas Eve. You can see/hear Fr. Steve Mattson’s riveting homily here. Enjoy!

Moving Mass at Gethsemane, Story of Salvation, Al’s Story and more

Yom Kippor in Israel which made an interesting day for us.

Started with Mass at Gethsemane (homily here) and visiting Mount of Olives and Mount Zion and free time in Jerusalem.

Al Kresta told his life story then ended the day in Bethlehem with two whole roasted lambs with flowing wine and Good dancing.

the 2nd movie belie is dinner and dancing in Bethlehem.

Dinner and dancing in Bethlehem.

Camels, Floating in Dead Sea, Jericho and more

Enjoy camels, Floating in the Dead Sea, Israel Museum, Jordan River, Jericho and more. Fr. Mattson’s homily at Notre Dame here.

Via Dolorosa to Calvary, Mass at Tomb to Western Wall and more

Early, early start to pray the real Stations of the Cross. Calvary and tour of the whole Church of Holy Sepulchre.

We settled into our benches for our High Mass with Francisans at the Tomb of Christ.

The Western Wall on Bar Mitzvah day is always a unique and colorful experience then a free afternoon to explore, pray, rest or whatever the pilgrims wanted to do.

At 8:00 PM two buses took off to the Tel Aviv airport for their flight home. A great time was had by all and warm goodbyes and farewells were shared among us.

About the Pilgrimage

Enjoy the full 96 minute pilgrimage video below.

Ave Maria Holy Land Pilgrimage September 2017 from Steve Ray on Vimeo.


You can also download it to a flash drive to watch on your smart TV here.