The Rediscovery of Faith: meeting with Christ through the Sacraments (The Holy Land)

 

Nazareth, Cafarnao, Judah Desert, Qasr el Yahoud, Jerusalem, Bethlehem, Emmaus

Countries visited:  Israel, & Palestine Territories

Sample itinerary:  9 days/8 nights

Overview

Itinerary

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The Rediscovery of Faith: meeting with Christ through the Sacraments (The Holy Land)

Learn more about the Year of Faith

This pilgrimage responds to the indication emerged by the Doctrine of the Faith that invites to support pilgrimages in Holy Land.  This journey is focused on deepening the elements of  faith throughout the visit and the experience of prayer in the land where God actualized His plan of Salvation and where the Church made its first steps. Companions in this journey are the Sacraments and the word of God, gifts of the divine Grace. In connection with what is exposed above, the itinerary will touch various places where our guides and pastoral assistants will invite you to meditate:

Nazareth: the city of Mary connected to the years before the public life of Jesus. These are the places where the Holy Family lived together. In Nazareth we need to connect and seriously ponder the meaning of the marriage and the reality of the family.

Cafarnao: during His public life Jesus spent a long time near Galilee Lake. This is the place where He called the first Apostles. Here is the place where we can reconnect to our vocation of being Christian or where youth can  pray for discernment.

Judah Desert: This is the site where we can reconnect with the penitential liturgy: the 40 years spent by the Israeli in the desert and, the 40 days spent by Jesus after His baptism. The desert is the place of prayer and meeting with the Father.

Qasr el Yahoud: the place where Jesus was baptized invites us to reflex on this Sacrament and how faith is connected to it.

Jerusalem: Jerusalem offers a great richness of holy places: the Last Supper and the Sacrament of the Eucharist. There is no sacrament of Eucharist without the Church and vice versa. The connection is essential. In order to enter into the mystery of passion, death and resurrection of Christ, Jerusalem help us to retrace these moments by experiencing the Via Crucis and the entrance to the Holy Sepulcher.

Bethlehem: place of birth of our Lord Jesus Christ, and final destination of the pilgrimages of the Three Magi,  who came from the Far East to homage the Savior of the world: this connection is significant for remembering and deepening the meaning of the universality of the church as catholic.

Emmaus: As Jesus commanded  his apostles on the day of his ascension to announce the good news and to baptize in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit, in the same way the Church has the duty to follow Jesus' Will. Once again  an opportunity is offered to meditate on the centrality of the Eucharist and on the call to the mission of the Church

Highlights

Galilee, Mount Carmel, Stella Maris Church, altar of Elijah, Nazareth, Mount Tabor, Cana, Shrine of the Annunciation, Church of Saint Joseph, Lake Tiberias, Capernaum, Tabga, Mount of Beatitudes, Valley of the River Jordan, Qasr El Yahud, Qumram, Jericho, Jerusalem, Mount Zion, Church of the Last Supper, Church of the Dormition, Church of Saint Peter, Knesset, Museum of the Book, Church of the Nativity, Shepherd’s Field, Grotto of Saint Jerome, Ein Karem, Western Wall, Mount of Olives, Garden of Gethsemane, Basilica of Agony, Chapel of the Pater Noster, chapel of the Dominus Flevit, Virgin’s Tomb, St. Anne’s Church, Pool of Bethesda, Chapel of the Flagellation, Via Crucis along the Via Dolorosa, Church of the Holy Sepulchre, Emmaus, Dead Sea, desert of Judah.

 

Days 1-3 Nazareth

Days 4-9 Jerusalem

 

Price and Scheduling

This is a possible pilgrimage itinerary for groups.

Interested priests or pilgrimage organizers are invited to contact us to schedule the dates, to modify this current itinerary according to their group's needs, and to receive information about pricing.

Our itineraries that do have dates and prices already listed are open to all and are guaranteed departure if the minimum number of participants is met.

Itinerary

Day 1

Arrive at Tel Aviv’s Ben Gurion airport in the afternoon. We transfer to Galilee, the loveliest and most fertile part of the Holy Land.  Depending on arrival time, we may stop at Mount Carmel to visit the Stella Maris Church, considered a holy place since antiquity, and site of the altar of Elijah, who founded the School of the Prophets here. Arrive at Nazareth in the evening.  Dinner and overnight at the hotel.

Day 2

Breakfast at the hotel. In the morning, we visit the Church of the Transfiguration at Mt. Tabor, and stop at Cana, site of the joyous wedding feast. In the afternoon, we visit the Shrine of the Annunciation and the New Church, the Church of St. Joseph, built where the Holy Family lived, and the Synagogue. Dinner and overnight in Nazareth.

Day 3

After breakfast, we depart for the region of Lake Tiberias.  We will take a beautiful boat ride on the lake and visit Capernaum (synagogue and Peter’s home) and Tabga (site of the Miracle of the Loaves and Fishes).  We experience the ascent of the Mount of Beatitudes, the holy site where Jesus preached the Sermon on the Mount.  Dinner and overnight in Nazareth.

Day 4

Breakfast at the hotel. We continue through the Valley of the River Jordan and renew our baptismal promises in the holy waters of Qasr El Yahud. We explore the fascinating archaeological site of Qumram, where the Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered, and then travel on to Jericho.  Here we visit the sycamore tree, and the place of the temptation. Tonight we arrive in the extraordinary holy city of Jerusalem.  Dinner and overnight at the hotel.

Day 5

After breakfast we depart for Jerusalem, the “City of God”. We experience Mount Zion: the room and the Church of the Last Supper, the Church of the Dormition, and the Church of St. Peter Gallicantu.  Here we take time to remember the place where St. Peter denied Jesus. We walk in the old city, and take a brief excursion to the Knesset (Israeli Parliament) and the Museum of the Book. Dinner and overnight in Jerusalem.

Day 6

Breakfast at the hotel. In the morning, we visit the Church of the Nativity, the Shepherd’s Field, and the Grotto of St. Jerome. In the afternoon, we explore the small village of Ein Karem, birthplace of St. John the Baptist and site of Mary’s visit to St. Elisabeth. While in Jerusalem we stop at the haunting, evocative Western Wall, the last magnificent ruins of the Temple of Herod. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.

Day 7

Breakfast at the hotel. We dedicate the entire day to our exploration of the city sacred to the world’s three largest monotheistic religions: Judaism, Christianity and Islam.  Our visit includes the Mount of Olives, the Garden of Gethsemane, the Basilica of Agony, the Chapel of the Pater Noster, the chapel of the Dominus Flevit and the Virgin’s Tomb. In the afternoon, we visit St. Anne’s Church, the Pool of Bethesda, the Chapel of the Flagellation, and Via Crucis along the Via Dolorosa.  We enter the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, containing the tomb where Jesus was buried and rose from the dead. Dinner and overnight.

Day 8

We journey to Emmaus to remember the holy significance of the Eucharist and the calling to the mission. The rest of the day we will stop at the Dead Sea, the lowest geological depression in the world.  (Lunch not included.)  On the way back to Jerusalem, we celebrate Mass in the desert of Judah at sunset..

Day 9

After breakfast, we spend a free day walking the ancient streets of Jerusalem not included). Late in the afternoon we have a final meal together and transfer to the airport for the late flight to your final destination.

 

Price and Scheduling

This is a possible pilgrimage itinerary for groups.

Interested priests or pilgrimage organizers are invited to contact us to schedule the dates, to modify this current itinerary according to their group's needs, and to receive information about pricing.

 

The price includes:

Accommodation in 4-star hotels,

Full board: breakfast, lunch and dinner (except lunch on days 8 and 9)

Transportation on private coach as per program

Visits, excursions and entry fees as per the program

ORP document kit, scarf and luggage tag

ORP local technical and pastoral assistance

Gratuities

 

The price does not include:

International flights. However we will be happy to assist you with flight quotations as soon as they are available. Please let us know your departure city.

Insurance for medical assistance, loss or damage of baggage, cancellation fees. However we are able to offer medical, luggage and cancellation insurance upon request.

Beverages

Extras

Anything not specified in “the price includes” section