|About Fr. Jason Lefor:
Fr. Jason Lefor has been a priest of the Diocese of Fargo, ND for fifteen years. He has had numerous assignments in urban and rural settings. He is currently the pastor of St. Thomas Aquinas Newman Center on the Campus of the University of North Dakota in Grand Forks. He has a deep love for the Holy Trinity, the Blessed Virgin Mary, all things of the Holy Catholic Church and communicating this love and truth to others. With great joy he has accepted God's call to pilgrimage to the Holy Land of God's Beloved Son in October of 2014. Please join him on this pilgrimage to Jerusalem.
YOUR TRIP INCLUDES:
† Flight bag & portfolio of all travel documents
† Round Trip Airfare
† All Airport Taxes and Fuel Surcharges
† 8 Nights at a 1st Class / Four Star Hotels: (or similar)
~ 1 night: Kfar Maccabia – Ramat-Gan (Tel Aviv area)
~ 2 nights: Nof Ginosar - Tiberias
~ 5 nights: Dan Jerusalem - Jerusalem
† Breakfast and Dinner daily
† Wine and Water with all Dinners
† Transportation by air-conditioned motor coach
† Assistance of a professional local guide throughout
† Sightseeing and admissions fees as per itinerary
† Arrangements for Mass Daily & Spiritual activities
† Tips to Hotel Staff, Restaurants, and Luggage Handlers
(1 bag Per Person)
*Renew Wedding Vows in Cana - Couples will have a special opportunity to renew wedding vows on Day 3 during Mass
Travel Insurance (www.206tours.com/insurance), Extended Cancellation Protection Plan @ $299
(www.206tours.com/cancellationprotection), Tips & gratuities to hotels, Guide, Driver & Restaurants, Items of personal nature.
Sample Day-by-Day Itinerary:
Day 1, Oct 19: Depart for Tel Aviv
Board your flight for the start of your journey to Tel Aviv, with complimentary meals and beverages served on board.
Day 2, Oct 20: Arrive Tel Aviv
On arrival in Tel Aviv you will be met by the 206 Tours representative and transfer to your hotel in the Tel Aviv area. Dinner will be served at the hotel.
Day 3, Oct 21: Caesarea - Nazareth - Cana
Theme: The Annunciation
This morning after breakfast leave for Caesarea, which was once the ancient capital of the Roman province. Here you view the impressive archaeological remains of the Roman and Byzantine city that once dominated the region. It was at Caesarea that Peter came to understand that the Good News was not for Jews only, but for the whole world. Here he baptized the Roman Centurion, Cornelius, and his family. It was from Caesarea that Paul set sail for Rome, an event that eventually brought Christianity to the World. Drive to Nazareth, the site of Mary’s home and the town where Jesus lived as a child. At Nazareth visit the Byzantine Church of St. Joseph and Mary’s Well. Continue to Tiberias to check-in to your hotel. Dinner and overnight.
Day 4, Oct 22: Tiberias: Sea of Galilee
Theme: The Ministry of Christ in the Galilee
The day starts with a boat ride on the Sea of Galilee. Then to the Mount of Beatitudes, scene of Jesus’ great Sermon on the Mount. Nearby is Tabgha, where Jesus fed the crowd of 5,000 and onto the site known as “Peter’s Primacy”. Here, after His resurrection, Jesus met with His disciples and told Peter to “feed my lambs; feed my sheep.” [John 21:9]. A short drive away is Capernaum, from where Jesus launched his Ministry; see the synagogue which dates to the time of Jesus and the church built over the site of Peter’s home. In the late afternoon visit Cana, where Jesus performed His first miracle at the request of His mother [John 2:1-11]. Here visit the Franciscan chapel where those who wish to may renew their wedding vows. Dinner and overnight at your hotel.
Day 5, Oct 23: Jordan River - Mt. Tabor – Jordan River - Jerusalem
Theme: The Transfiguration
Today, after breakfast, drive to Mount Tabor, the site of the Transfiguration, with time to reflect on Christ’s Humanity and Divinity. Mass here will be a good preparation for the journey to Jerusalem where Jesus was to suffer the crucifixion and resurrection. Drive down the Jordan Valley visit the Baptismal site on the Jordan River then to Jerusalem, where you check-in to your hotel for dinner and overnight.
Day 6, Oct 24: Jerusalem: Ein Karem - Bethlehem
Theme: The Visitation and Nativity
Begin the day with a visit to the village of Ein Karem, birthplace of John the Baptist, to visit the church that commemorates his memory. Pray the Mystery of the Rosary on the walk up the hill to the Church of the Visitation. We then visit Bethlehem to see the cave at the Shepherds’ Field. The caves have soot marks of the fires that shepherd’s lit to keep warm while watching over their flocks. In the afternoon we will depart to Bethlehem, beginning at Manger Square, which stands in front of one of the oldest of Christian churches, the Church of the Nativity. Enter the Church and down to the Grotto of the Nativity which marks the spot of Jesus’ birth. Beneath the Altar, there is a silver star with the Latin inscription: HIC DE VIRGINE MARIA JESUS CHRISTUS NATUS (Here Jesus Christ was born to the Virgin Mary.) After Mass return to the hotel in Jerusalem.
Day 7, Oct 25: Bethany – Jordan Valley – Jericho - Dead Sea
Theme: Early Years in Jerusalem & the Wilderness
This morning drive down the Jordan Valley to Qurman where the Dead Sea Scrolls were found. Afterwards there may be time for a dip in the Dead Sea for those who want to. Drive through the Judean Wilderness where Jesus spent 40 days fasting, and it is in this area that John the Baptist lived and baptized Christ. Visit Jericho, the oldest continuously inhabited city in the world, where we view Mt Temptation and an example of a Sycamore Tree. Then to Bethany where He raised Lazarus from the dead. Celebrate Mass here before returning to the hotel.
Day 8, Oct 26: Jerusalem: Mt. Of Olives - Gethsemane - Mt. Zion - Western Wall
Theme: Palm Sunday and the Agony in the Garden
From the Mount of Olives take in the panoramic view of Jerusalem. Then to the Pater Noster shrine, where Jesus taught His disciples the Pater Noster — The Lord’s Prayer (Luke 11:1-4). Walking down the Palm Sunday Road stop at the beautiful little church, Dominus Flevit - “The Lord wept.” It was here that Jesus wept over Jerusalem [Luke 19:41]. At Gethsemane reflect on Jesus’ final night. The Garden contains trees, the roots of which go back to the time of Jesus. Visit the Church of All Nations to pray at the “Rock of Agony,” a section of bedrock identified as the place where Jesus prayed alone in the garden on the night of His arrest. Visit the Western Wall, to see all that remains of the Temple compound that dates to the time of Jesus. From here to the house of the High Priest Caiaphas where, He was interrogated and imprisoned. Now called Peter in Gallicantu (“crowing rooster”), this beautiful Church also commemorates Peter’s Denial of Christ, his repentance and then being forgiven by Jesus. After Mass go up to Mt. Zion to visit the Upper Room, which commemorates the Last Supper. Dinner and overnight at your hotel.
Day 9, Oct 27: Jerusalem: Via Dolorosa - Holy Sepulchre
Theme: The Way of the Cross, The Crucifixion, The Resurrection
This morning we start the Via Dolorosa (The Way of the Cross) at the Antonia Fortress, where Jesus was condemned to death by Pontius Pilate. From there He was taken through the city to be crucified. The Stations of the Cross lead, through the markets of the Old City to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. Here is the site of Calvary and the Tomb of Christ. Mass in the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. After breakfast visit the Church of St Anne’s, the Pool of Bethesda and the Sisters of Zion. This afternoon there will be time to revisit the Old City.
Day 10, Oct 28: Tel Aviv - USA
Transfer to airport for the flight home.
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The Holy Land: In the footsteps of Jesus:
If you desire to draw closer to Jesus of Nazareth, come, as we follow in His footsteps. Each day of your pilgrimage you will have time to renew and affirm your faith; to pray and reflect. The Scriptures will come alive as you visit Our Lord's homeland. You will be inspired by the natural beauty of the landscape, in addition to its rich historical heritage It is an encounter that has changed the lives of many pilgrims, an act of faith and prayer. Pilgrims have been traveling to the Holy Land for hundreds of years, and as part of your pilgrimage, we include many of the rich traditions that have evolved over time. The maxim at the entrance to the Church of the Nativity says: “We are hoping that:
If you enter here as a tourist, you would exit as a pilgrim.
If you enter here as a pilgrim, you would exit as a holier one.” We pray that same will occur when you join 206 Tours pilgrimage.
The Old City, Jerusalem, Israel
|Mount of Beatitudes,
||Rock of Agony, Church of All Nations, Israel