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Month: May 2023

  • 2023 Holy Land Pilgrimage

    2023 Holy Land Pilgrimage

    It is now finished — the 2023 Holy Land Pilgrimage. It will take months — if not years — to unpack everything we have seen, and stories we read, and to continue to celebrate the friendships formed. As a sit here on my layover and on the bumpy plane ride home, I am thinking so…

  • Holy Land Pilgrimage Day 10

    Holy Land Pilgrimage Day 10

    We woke up early today to make our way to the stations of the cross and then to the Holy Sepulchre. By the time we got to the Holy Sepulchre, there were many groups ahead of us and a long wait time to view Golgotha and the tomb of Jesus. We went to Calvary first…

  • Holy Land Pilgrimage Day 9

    Holy Land Pilgrimage Day 9

    This morning we left the hotel early for a day of seeing the sites around Jerusalem. We started following Christ’s passion as he returned to Jerusalem on Palm Sunday. We followed his footsteps with all the events that happened to him starting on Thursday night of his passion and celebrated Mass at the Church of…

  • Holy Land Pilgrimage Day 8

    Holy Land Pilgrimage Day 8

    This morning we traveled to the Western Wall. The old walls that surround the Temple Mount are just massive. Looking at the types of stones that were used, their sizing of them, and the details of manufacturing, we can determine which King or empire built what and when. There is so much that has been…

  • Holy Land Pilgrimage Day 7

    Holy Land Pilgrimage Day 7

    Today we started early in the morning heading over to Bethlehem. We had to go through a checkpoint to get into the Palestinian part, which was smooth. I did see a lot of workers standing around at the Israeli side of the checkpoint waiting to be picked up for work (Palestinians cannot take their cars…

  • Holy Land Pilgrimage Day 6

    Holy Land Pilgrimage Day 6

    Today we started out early once again to check out of our hotel and get on the road to Jerusalem. We left the hotel at 7:45 and beat the heat the best we could. By the time we reached Jericho, it was over 100 degrees. An interesting fact is Jericho is the lowest point on…

  • Holy Land Pilgrimage Day 5

    Holy Land Pilgrimage Day 5

    Early morning departure for a busy day traveling to three different sites. The weather started off cool on Mt. Tabor and quickly warmed up as the day went on. Came back to the hotel just in time for dinner and some last-minute shopping before we leave for Jerusalem. Mount Tabor Mount Tabor is located in…

  • Holy Land Pilgrimage Day 4

    Holy Land Pilgrimage Day 4

    Early morning starts a long day seeing the sites of Jesus’ teaching and miracles around the Sea of Galilee. All these sites were close to our hotel, so the drive time was minimal. We had a great lunch and an even better dinner at Magdalena. The food was a modern twist on the region’s dishes.…

  • Holy Land Pilgrimage Day 3

    Holy Land Pilgrimage Day 3

    Today I finally arrived on Israeli time. A good night’s sleep makes all the difference when you are traveling with a tight schedule. We started off early for some bus rides to the nearby the Sea of Galilee and the towns that surround it. It was a very busy day but well coordinated with seeing…

  • Holy Land Pilgrimage Day 2

    Holy Land Pilgrimage Day 2

    After a sleepless night, we started off early (or what seemed that way to me) leaving Tel Aviv and traveling to two different sites. My internal time zone was not set to the Israeli clock and by mid-day, I was very tired. We settled into our hotel on the Sea of Galilee for the evening.…