SUNDAY, JULY 30, DAY 1: DEPART USA
On our way to the Holy Land
MONDAY, JULY 31, DAY 2: ARRIVE TEL AVIV / TRANSFER TO NAZARETH
We arrive in Tel Aviv where we meet our guide, Canon Iyad Qumri.
TUESDAY, AUGUST 1, DAY 3: NAZARETH / MT. TABOR
Introductions. We begin our visit to Mary’s Well, the site of the only spring-fed fountain in the city, and most likely the place where Mary would have gone to draw water. We then visit the Greek Orthodox Church of the Annunciation where we will have an opportunity to have an introduction to the Icon, we then follow on foot the path to the Latin Church of the Annunciation, the traditional site of the Angel Gabriel’s appearance to Mary, telling her she would conceive Jesus, the Emmanuel. Lunch, Mt. Tabor and the Basilica of the Transfiguration ‘And he was transfigured before them and his garments became glistering ...’
Meeting with Fr. Nael Abu Rahmoun and youth at Christ Church in Nazareth Dinner with the local youth
WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 2, DAY 4: SEPPHORIS / CAESAREA PHILLIPI
Depart for Sepphoris the capital of Galilee in the first Century where we explore the excavations of the Roman/Byzantine city. Lunch at the Druze village, then to Masaadeh on the Golan Heights. Depart for Caesarea Philippi (Banias) 'And Jesus went on with his disciples, to the villages of Caesarea Philippi; and on the way he asked his disciples, “ Who do men say that I am ? “
THURSDAY, AUGUST 3, DAY 5: JORDAN RIVER / CAPERNAUM / BEATITUDES
Today we depart for the Sea of Galilee-Lake Kinnereth. Stop at the Jordan River from the Northern side for the renewal of Baptismal vows. We then visit Capernaum where we see the Ancient Synagogue and St. Peter’s House. We continue to the Mount of Beatitudes, Lunch
is by the Sea of Galilee, followed by a visit to Tabgha (Heptapegon), The Loaves and Fishes Church, and the Chapel of St. Peter’s Primacy, where we will celebrate Eucharist. Swim in the sea of Galilee.
FRIDAY, AUGUST 4, DAY 6: BURQIN / NABLUS / TAYBEH
Depart for Burqin. Jesus had passed through Burqin on his way to Jerusalem from Nazareth, And as he was passing by the village he heard cries for help from ten lepers who were isolated in quarantine in a cave. To Nablus to visit St. Photini the Greek Orthodox Monastery. (St. Photini lived in first century Palestine, she was the Samaritan woman who Christ visited at the well asking her for water) and then to the church built over Jacob’s well where we will tour the church and drink from the Well. Lunch in Taybeh. Visit Taybeh, the only 100% Christian town in the Palestinian Authority. In the fourth century the Emperor Constantine and his mother St. Helen built the church of St. George in the village, the ruins of the Church are still found on a hill in the town.
SATURDAY, AUGUST 5, DAY 7: SHEPHERD’S FIELD / BETHLEHEM / HERODIUM
Depart for the Shepherd’s Field 'And in that region there were shepherds out in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night’, visit 1st century caves at the Shepherd’s field. Lunch at Ruth’s Restaurant in Beit Sahour . Visit Church of the Nativity, located in Manger Square. It is the oldest Church in Christendom, constructed by Constantine in AD 326 and the traditional site of the Nativity. Herodium, visit the palace fort built
by King Herod, overlooking the Judean Desert and the mountains of Moab to the east and the Judean hills to the west
SUNDAY AUGUST 6, DAY 8: WORSHIP AT ST. / GEORGE’S CATHEDRAL / ISRAEL MUSEUM
Sunday Eucharist at Saint George’s Cathedral. The liturgy will be celebrated in English and Arabic, the language of our Arabic Palestinian Christians in the Holy Land and the whole Middle East. Lunch. Israel Museum and the Shrine of the Book, where the Dead Sea Scrolls are housed. We will also visit a scale model of the Old City of Jerusalem, describing the city as it would have been during Jesus’ time.
Guest Speaker: Lecture on Islam
MONDAY, AUGUST 7, DAY 9: OLD CITY / CHURCH OF THE HOLY SEPULCHER
GROUP PHOTO, Walk the Cardo to the Constantinian Entrance to the Church of the Resurrection to the Holy Sepulcher. Lunch and continue afternoon Holy Sepulcher walk to the Armenian quarter where we will be able to observe the Armenian Vespers.
TUESDAY, AUGUST 8, DAY 10: WESTERN WALL / DOME OF THE ROCK
We depart for the Western Wall near Elharam Esh Sharif (The Dome of The Rock and the Al-Aqsa Mosque) St. Anne’s Church and the pools of Bethesda. Free afternoon.
WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 9, DAY 11: JUDEAN DESERT / DEAD SEA
Wadi Qelt early morning to get the feel for the desert. Breakfast in Jericho.Take the cable car to the Temptation Monastery, a living reminder of the 5th and 6th centuries when the Judean Desert was home to Christian monks and nuns and over 200 Monasteries. Lunch at the Qumris. Float in the Dead Sea -- Rocky Seashore
THURSDAY, AUGUST 10, DAY 12: BETHPHAGE / PALM SUNDAY / GETHSEMANE / ST. PETER IN GALLICANTU
Depart for Bethphage, walk the Palm Sunday road down the Mt. Of Olives, Garden of Gethsemane with its ancient olive trees and the Church of all Nations. Lunch. Visit church of St. Peter in Gallicantu, this church was built over the palace of the High Priest Caiaphas, where Peter denied Jesus three times. Walk the ramparts from Jaffa gate to Herod’s gate.
FRIDAY, AUGUST 11, DAY 13: STATIONS OF THE CROSS / EMMAUS
Stations of the Cross. Silent reflections at the Empty Tomb. Later in the morning we will depart for Emmaus Nicopolis. We celebrate the Eucharist at the ruins of the Byzantine Church. Lunch. Free Afternoon
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