HOLY LAND – MT. NEBO – PETRA
OCTOBER 2015 with
Father Philip Pavich, OFM
With his customary insight and reverence, Fr. Philip interprets scripture and describes Christ in contemporary terms with modern parallels and timeless lessons as well as in historical terms.
We follow Our Lord on a boat such as Peter used, go to the mountaintop, to the Temple in which he taught, walk along the same country road and join Him as we climb the hill of Calvary.
As you read the daily itinerary, hear the voice of Jesus calling you, “Come, follow me.” It is a once in a life time experience!
Day 1 Depart USA Our spiritual journey begins today as we depart the U.S. on our evening overnight flight to Tel Aviv.
Day 2 Arrive Tel Aviv
Greeted by our local guide who assists and accompanies us throughout our stay. Our Mass of thanksgiving for a safe journey takes place in the ancient Roman port city of Jaffa – home of Simon the Tanner – on the Mediterranean Seashore before continuing along the coast and stopping at Caesarea Maritime -an important site to St. Peter and St. Paul – including the Roman aqueduct and amphitheatre and Crusader fort. After our get-acquainted dinner tonight, we can walk along the seashore literally walking in Jesus’ footsteps. Mass at St. Peter
Day 3 The Hidden Life of Christ – Beginning of His Public Life Sailing across the Sea of Galilee in a replica of an ancient wooden boat, we see the Bible unfold before our eyes. Disembarking at old Capernaum we stop at the historically authenticated house of Peter before our drive to the Mount of Beatitudes. The seven springs of Tabgha -the site of the Multiplication of the Loaves and Fishes. Next to the seaside Sanctuary from which the Apostles cast their nets where Christ gave Peter the keys of the kingdom.
At his first public miracle in Cana where He changed water into wine (with time to renew marriage vows) we leave for Nazareth and the grotto where the angel appeared to Mary. We walk to the workshop of St. Joseph and the actual well Mary drew water from each day. Drive to Megiddo and Mount Tabor where we ascend to the Holy Mountain of Christ’s Transfiguration to offer our prayers. Mass at the Grotto of the Annunciation
Day 4 “Going up to the Lord” Driving along the shore of the Sea of Galilee to the Baptismal Site of the River Jordan to renew our Baptismal promises, we then pass through the Jordan Valley and begin our ascent to Mount Carmel where we are found listening quietly for God’s whisper in Elijah’s cave. Going up to Jerusalem and our home at Notre Dame, we have time after dinner this evening to walk around the Old City Walls. Mass at Stella Maris
Day 5 Last Days of Jesus on Earth Start today with a visit to the miniature model of the Old City as it appeared at the time of the Second Temple. Then passing through the Kidron Valley as Mary did to Ain Karem – the Birthplace of St.John the Baptist – we pray for the grace at the Grotto of the Nativity in Bethlehem stopping for a visit inside the cave of St. Jerome where he translated the Bible. Then pass through the Kidron Valley as Mary did to Ain Karem – the Birthplace of St.John the Baptist completing our day celebrating Mass. Mass in Shepherds Field.
Day 6 Watch and Pray We gather in the Upper Room, where Jesus instituted the Eucharist and Pentecost occurred. After Mass at the Cenacle, stopping at Mt. Scopus, we return to the Old City and enter via Lion’s Gate to the Crusader Church of St. Anne, to the Pools of Bethesda, and the Temple Mount Jesus visited regularly. We enter the Dome of the Rock where Abraham was to sacrifice his son. We leave via the Moslems Quarter for our bus, driving to St. Peter in Gallicantu where we descend into the cistern in which Christ was lowered for the night. Alongside the church we remember Peter’s denial as we ascend the Holy Steps which led up to the High Priest’s house. Mass on Mount Zion
Day 7 The Cross and the Crown Entering the Old City at Lions Gate , we follow the Way of the Man of Sorrows carrying our wooden cross on the Via Dolorosa to the site of His scourging where He was then crowned with thorns. Through the Christian Quarter and Ecce Home Arch, to the Fortress of Antonia – where Pontius Pilate held trial, past Lithostrotos up the hill of Calvary where He was crucified and our sacrifice of the Holy Mass is offered. Mass in the Holy Sepulchre
Day 8 Glorious Resurrection The town of Bethany-home of Martha and Mary and the tomb of Lazarus. We stop to walk along the ancient Roman road of Emmaus before continuing, through the desert of Judea past grazing camels and Bedouin encampments recalling Christ’s time in the desert . Stopping at Jericho-the oldest known city in the Western World. overlooking the Mount of Temptation and Mount Nebo. Via cable car ,we ascend to Herod’s palace atop the mountain of Masada. Our visit to the Dead Sea allows time for a swim before stopping at the caves of the Qumran community where the Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered. Mass in Bethany
Day 9 -10 Sacred Space Sunrise finds us celebrating Mass at the Holy Sepulchre inside the Empty Tomb of Jesus Christ as our search in this land comes to an end. Our final devotions today on Calvary and the Chapel below where St. Helena discovered the true Cross. Mass – Empty Tomb
Day 11 Return to the U.S.A.
DAY 13 – U.S.A.
Depart Amman Airport for home.
• Round-trip airfare based from New York
• Mass and daily devotions
• Catholic Escort/Guide
• Private deluxe Motor coach transportation
• Sea Of Galilee boat ride
• Mount Tabor
• Dead Sea Scrolls Caves
• Cable Car ride
• Visit to the Dead Sea
• Passport wallet & luggage tags
• Pilgrimage Bag & ID Badge
• Personalized schedule
• Prayer Book
• All sights described per itinerary plus much more
*Entrance fees, Boat & Mount Tabor transfers
ACCOMMODATION & MEALS
Accommodations in Jerusalem-sharing a room
Accommodations in Tiberias at Moriah *
Hot Buffet Breakfasts daily
Special Farewell Dinner in Bethlehem
*or similar hotel standard.
ITALY EXTENDED VISIT INCLUDES
Airfare to Rome
Breakfasts and Dinners
Guided Sights per itinerary
Breakfasts and Dinners
Guided Sights per itinerary & all entrance fees
3 Day Petra Extension
Accommodations – 4 Star hotel in Petra
DAY 11 – TEL AVIV – AMMAN – PETRA
Depart Tel Aviv crossing at the Allenby Bridge Border into Petra, we stop along the way at Mount Nebo. It was from here Moses viewed the Promised Land before his death.
DAY 12 – PETRA
Out of the Jordan Valley, green and lush into Lawrence of Arabia country, past goats and sheep, we descend twisting and turning into the valley of the Wadi Mousa, winding our way through the narrow cleft in the mountain, its walls towering high overhead, and soon walking in shadow. Petra has something almost supernatural, a city of the dead . These people believed in the afterlife more than life itself. That’s why they spent so much time building their tombs. Dates range for the Treasury, from the first century B.C.to the second century A.D.
Through the Valley of Moses in a hidden away narrow canyon known as the “siq”, our visit to the remains of past civilizations is powerful. Long ago worshippers climbed up to the high places of sacrifice. The Royal Tombs have been carved into the rock face, known as the King’s Wall. The Palace Tomb was built in imitation of a Roman palace from the 6th century B.C. The remains stagger the imagination, and evoke wonder and admiration for the minds and wills of the people who could conceive and bring into being such great and beautiful monuments.
DAY 13 – U.S.A.
Depart Amman Airport for home.
3-DAY ROME EXTENSION – starts at Day 11
DAY 11 – TEL AVIV – ROME
Depart Tel Aviv for Rome Fiumicino airport. Transfer to our hotel for dinner.
DAY 12 ROME
Tuesday Morning visit to St. Peter’s Basilica, Santa Maria Maggiore,with mid-day lunch break before our afternoon visit to the basilica where the chains of St. Peter are enshrined, visit in the Coliseum, Palatine Hill, the Roman Forum, Capitolium Hill and Circus Maximus. Afternoon includes San Giovanni Laterno, the Holy Stairs, the Old Appian Way and the Chapel of “Domine Quo Vadis”, the Catacombs and the tomb of St. Paul.