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The Holy Land, at a Prayerful Pace

chief locations :

Nazareth, Capharneum:, Judah Desert, Qasr el Yahoud, Jerusalem, Bethlehem

The Holy Land, at a Prayerful Pace
This pilgrimage to the Holy Land has the intention to slow down our inner and outer pace. We will visit selected sites during the day, insuring more time for personal reflection, prayers and group interactions. Our main focus will be the quality of time.

Sitting quietly on the Mount of the Beatitudes, watching the Sea of Galilee, perceiving there the voice of our Lord preaching; entering the Holy Sepulcher with an open heart to contemplate the mystery of Salvation. Simple moments like these will make our journey different.

Wherever you come from and whatever has been your experience in the Holy Land, come embark on a real journey of the spirit in the footsteps of Jesus, intentionally set at a different pace to perceive our true nature as creatures of God and to enter, by the help of Grace, Kairos, the time of God.

We will be visiting:
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.

Capharneum: 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 Israelis 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 reflect on this Sacrament and how it is connected to faith.

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 helps 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.

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