Blessed Sacrament Catholic Holy Land Tour
In November 2015, 35 catholic visitors from the U.S.A arrived in Israel on the start of a Bilingual Spanish/English tour of the Holy Land which would include Mass being celebrated daily at special Holy sites
The group enjoyed a scenic drive along the Mediterranean coast to the fascinating archaeological site at Caesarea and the place where Peter baptized Cornelius and his family (Acts 10.24). While there they visited the Roman Theatre, aqueduct and Herodian Port and then continued on to Haifa and the Carmel Mountains with its breath-taking panoramic view, the Church of Stella Maris and Muhraka, where Elijah confronted the priests of Baal (1 Kings 18).
The group spent time in the north visiting Nazareth, the town where Jesus spent his boyhood years, Cana, the site of Jesus’ first miracle (John 2.1) and the Galilee area including enjoying a boat ride on the Sea of Galilee, the Village of Capernaum from where Jesus started his ministry and the Church of St. Peter’s Primacy at Tabgha (John 21:15). This is the place where Jesus appeared to the disciples after his resurrection. They also visited the Church of the Multiplication of the Loaves and Fishes (Mark 6.38) and the Mt. of Beatitudes, the site of the Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5:1).
The group renewed their baptismal vows at Yardenit on the Jordan river before carrying on to Mt. Tabor- the site of the Transfiguration (Matthew 17:22).
While in Jerusalem the group visited many interesting and spiritually uplifting Holy sites including the Church of Dominus Flevit where Jesus wept over Jerusalem (Luke 19:41) and the Garden of Gethsemane. They walked along the Via Dolorosa “The Way of the Cross” (Luke 23:1) carrying a wooden cross and stopping to pray at each station along the way to Calvary and the Tomb at the Church of the Holy Sepulcher. After that they walked to the Western Wall, which is the holiest Jewish site, to leave their Prayer Petitions. They then drove to neighbouring Bethlehem, birthplace of Jesus to visit the Church of the Nativity and Shepherds Field.
The group also spent time in the Dead Sea region visiting the fortress of Masada, the Dead Sea which is the lowest point on earth with time to enjoy a swim/float and the Qumran Caves where the Dead Sea Scrolls were found.