The Holy Land with Our Lady of Grace Parish
The Holy Land with Our Lady of Grace Parish
September 17 - 26, 2018
Pilgrimage Chaplain: Father Marcos C. Velásquez
Your Pilgrimage Includes...
- Roundtrip airfare from Phoenix
- All airport taxes & fuel surcharges
- 4-Star Hotel Accommodations
- Breakfast & Dinner daily
- Wine with some dinners
- Air-conditioned motor coach
- Wireless headsets with some tours
- Professional tour manager & local Catholic guide
- Sightseeing & admissions fees as per itinerary
- Daily Mass & Spiritual activities offered along the Pilgrimage route
- Tips for hotel staff & restaurants
Your Pilgrimage Itinerary...
September 17: Depart Phoenix International Airport for an overnight flight to Israel.
September 18: On arrival in Tel Aviv, our professional Tour Manager will greet us and take us by deluxe motor coach to our hotel on the Mediterranean coast. We will have an evening of leisure followed by dinner at our hotel. Overnight Tel Aviv
September 19: Today we travel up the coastline to the ancient Roman city of Caesarea and then onto Haifa. We’ll visit the Carmelite Monastery of “ Stella Maris “. Here is Elijah’s Grotto and home of Our Lady of Mount Carmel where our Chaplain will Celebrate Mass. Next, we visit Nazareth and see Mary’s Well where the Angel Gabriel told Mary she would give birth to Our Lord Jesus Christ. Also, we will visit St. Joseph’s Church and the Church of Annunciation. Continue to Cana to visit the Wedding Church, site of Jesus’s first miracle. Overnight Galilee
September 20: Today, we sail across the Sea of Galilee. See the “Jesus Boat“, uncovered in 1986 from the mud of the seashore. Visit the Church of St. Peter’s Primacy and explore Capernaum with the new church built on St. Peter’s house. See Chorazim, which was cursed by Our Lord because the people did not follow his teachings. Drive to the Mount of Beatitudes where Our Lord preached the Sermon on the Mount, where you have Mass, and lunch at the Franciscan Convent. Then to Tabgha, Greek for Seven Springs and the Church of the Multiplication of Fishes and Loave. Overnight Galilee
September 21: Start the day with Mass at Mt. Tabor and the Church of Transfiguration, before passing through breathtaking scenery of Samaria to Jacob’s Well, where Jesus met the Samarian Women. On to Jericho, the oldest known inhabited city in the world. This afternoon, follow the Ancient Pilgrims route via the Samaritan Inn to Jerusalem. Overnight Jerusalem
September 22: Enjoy the view from the Mount of Olives, visit the Church of Pater Noster and the Chapel of Ascension. Walk down the Palm Sunday Road, stopping at the Chapel of Dominus Flevit where you celebrate Mass. Continue to the Church of All Nations in the Garden of Gethsemane. Descend across the Kidron Valley, to the Church of St. Peter in Gallicantu where Peter denied Christ three times. Continue on to Mt. Zion to visit the room of the Last Supper, King David’s Tomb and the Church of the Dormition. Complete the day in Bethany, house of Mary and Lazarus. Overnight in Jerusalem
September 23: Start the day by visiting Bethlehem, Shepherd’s Field and Grotto. See the Church of Nativity built over the birthplace of Our Lord and St. Catherine’s over the tomb of St. Jerome. Here we celebrate Mass. On the way back to Jerusalem stop at the village of Ein Karem, the birthplace of St. John the Baptist, and see the Church of Visitation where Mary visited her cousin Elizabeth. In Jerusalem, we have a tour of the New City. Overnight Jerusalem
September 24: Enter the Old City to see the Wailing Wall and the Temple Mount. See the Pool of Bethesda, St. Anne’s Church, the Chapel of Flagellation and Condemnation, the Prison, Ecco Home Arch and onto the Via Dolorosa, the Way of the Cross to the Holy Sepulchre. Overnight Jerusalem
September 25: After breakfast, we head to Bethany where we’ll have Mass and visit the tomb of St. Lazarus. Next, we go to the Mount of Temptation and the sycamore tree that Zacchaeus climbed to view Jesus. We move on to the Dead Sea area to see the caves at Qumran. We finish our day at Masada, the fortress palace of “Herod the Great” and the last stronghold of the Jewish zealots. With a renewed sense of pilgrimage, we enjoy our farewell dinner this evening, followed by our overnight flight home.
September 26: Arrive home.