† Round-trip airfare from Denver † Fuel Surcharges and Airport Taxes † Accomodations at centrally Hotels/Religious Houses (or similar):
~ 1 Night | Apr 28-29: Negev, Kfar Hanokdim
~ 1 Night | Apr 29-30: Ein Gedi, Kibbutz Ein Gedi
~ 2 Nights | Apr 30-May 2: Nazareth, Sisters of Nazareth or Legacy Hotel
~ 3 Nights | May 2-5: Sea of Galilee, Mt of Beatitudes or Ein Gev
~ 5 Nights | May 5-10: Jerusalem, Notre Dame or Religious House † Transfers as per itinerary † Breakfast & Dinner daily
Not Included: Lunches in Jordan, tips to your guide & driver. Items of a personal nature.
Sr. Magdalit Bolduc
Fr. Jacques Philippe
Sr. Magdalit Bolduc, Israel
Sr. Magdalit & Fr. Philippe
Fr. Jacques Philippe
In the name of the Son (Galilee)
Mass, Magdala Center, Israell
Rock of Agony, Jerusalem
Miracle of the Loaves & Fishes, Tabgha
Church of the Holy Sepulchre
Chapel, Emmaus, Israel
Dominus Flevit Church, Mount of Olives
Wailing Wall, Jerusalem
Chruch of Nativity, Bethlehem
Stations of the Cross, Jerusalem
Ein Gadi, Israel
Church of the Holy Sepulchre
About Fr. Jacques Philippe:
Father Jacques Philippe was born on March 12, 1947, in Lorraine, France. After studying mathematics in college he spent several years teaching and doing scientific research. He joined the catholic com-munity of the beatitudes and became the first priest to be ordained in April 1985. Father Jacques spent his first years as a community member in Jerusalem and Nazareth. With over half of a million of his books sold on topics such as: prayer, interior freedom, and peace of heart; his writings have be-come classics of modern catholic spirituality. He preaches retreats regularly in France, Italy, Spain, and the USA. He has consolidated his main retreat themes into seven books on spirituality. Currently, his time is now mostly devoted to prayer, writing and touring worldwide. His preaching genuinely helps people to pray, find hope and peace. When fr. Jacques is not on mission, he resides in a hermitage in France where he writes books.
About Sr. Magdalit Bolduc:
Sister Magdalit has served as a consecrated sister of the catholic community of the
beatitudes for 28 years. She is bilingual in Hebrew. Sister Magdalit lived in Israel for twelve years, and has guided pilgrimages there for over 22 years. Last April, she was appointed liaison to the Jewish community for the archdiocese of Denver, and she joyously developed a ministry talking to Catholics about the Jewish identity of the Christian faith, and talking to Jews about Catholicism. Given her extreme knowledge of the bible, Jewish tradition and the holy land itself, she will certainly provide a deeply prayerful pilgrimage experience.
An Invitation to Join Us!
Dear future pilgrims!
Next Year in Jerusalem! This is a Jewish greeting pronounced all over the world during the festivals. How often have you thought about flying the Holy Land and said: "One of these days I am going!” I believe that there is a time and a moment for each of us, set by God… Why do Father Jacques and I feel so much about Israel? Mostly out of compassion. We lived there, him six years, I twelve. Both of us have been quenched there, in the depths of our soul.
Our pilgrimage will be in three parts. In the name of the Father, of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. I have noticed that often the God the Father expresses Himself more in the desert; Jesus, in the North around Nazareth, Mount Tabor and the Sea of Galilee and in Jerusalem, people our moved by the power of Charity, the Holy Spirit. For this reason, we will scout the three regions, which is not customary. You will be led in the chronology of the Scriptures, and encounter God, as Abraham and the Patriarchs did in the Negev. In the second part Jesus will reach out to you in Galilee, the places where he lived, walked, ministered and in the landscape he admired from his childhood to his public life. Finally, in Jerusalem, the Holy Spirit may become a real Person for you, through the fire he will kindle in your heart. Each soul is unique and might not follow this pattern exactly, but I know that each one of you invited to this pilgrimage will encounter the Father at some point, because this is His will, out of love for you, which is why you are reading these words. Already you are in His Providence. It is a joy for Father Jacques and I to invite you.
Our journey is a pilgrimage. It is not designed to test your physical endurance but it will in itself. We will eat well, stay in good hotels, and travel in an air-conditioned bus; however, you do have to either be in shape or be willing to stay in the bus if you become tired as there will be hour-long walks every day. This particular pilgrimage is designed with more time of teaching with Father Jacques, one every day, and more time for personal prayer and reflection.
May I tell you a story? Once I complained to the Lord: “Why do I have to live in exile from Jerusalem?” He replied within me: “If you weren’t abroad, out of Israel, who would tell my people to come to me?” I am deeply touched that Father Jacques has agreed to lead this spiritual journey. His trust, his respect for souls and his passion to guide them to union with Christ are very inspiring. Both Père Jacques and I consider it a joy and a duty to invite you. Know that we would be honored to be the ones to bring you ‘home’, to the Holy Land.
Day 1 | Thursday – April 27: Depart for Tel Aviv
Make way to your local airport for your flight to Tel Aviv. Meals and drinks will be served onboard your Trans-Atlantic flights.
Day 2 | Friday – April 28: Journey into the Land of the Bible
Arrival via US around 19:00 Pm (pending flight confirmation) at Ben Gurion, we will be met by our representative. A motor coach will transfer us to the Negev, 18 miles from Beer Sheva (Gn21:25), towards Arad (Judges 1:16) your destination. We will overnight in Kfar ha Nokdim a typical and original Bedouin Style Guest Rooms in the desert. In the evening, Mass and fraternal time before overnight.
Day 3 | Saturday – April 29: The Negev – Exploring: Massada, Dead Sea, Ein Gedi
Breakfast in Kfar ha Nokdim. After a surprising route in a desolated rocky landscape, perfect to reflect on God the Father’s promises through his prophets, the coach will leave us on the western side of Massada. Ascend Massada by the Roman ramp (the place where the movie Massada staring Peter O’toole was filmed years ago). Visit the remarkable ruins of the fortress built by Herod the Great. From 70 to 73 A.D., Jewish Zealots made their last stand here in the Judean Revolt against the Roman Legions. See the remains of Herod's Palace; the baths, cisterns, the Synagogue- all used by the Jewish Defenders. Pray in the Byzantine Church built by the monks seeking solitude in the 7th Century AD. Descent by Cable Car. Setting foot on the Arava side (Ez47:8-12), the coach will be waiting for us. Lunch and swim at International Beach on the Dead Sea sea-shore (Sg1:14). After the swim, silent walk in the oasis of Nahal Arugot. Time of teaching with Père Jacques, prayer and reflection on Scripture passages. Mass in the desert (open air). Finish the day in the beautiful Ein Gedi Hotel (1Sm24:2), breath taking gardens in the middle of the desert wilderness. Dinner and night.
Day 4 | Sunday – April 30: The Jordan river, Jericho, Temptation Mount
Breakfast at Ein Gedi Hotel. Heading beyond Jericho at the Jordan banks, we will be passing by Qumran (Jr32:14), the site where some of the Dead Sea Scrolls were found. We will continue on to the Baptismal site (Jn1:29) on the River Jordan where Fr. Jacques Philippe will give a teaching and lead us, feet in the water, or totally immersed, to renew our baptismal vows. There will be are shift from ‘the Father to the Son’ in our Trinitarian journey. After the step, drive to the old city of Jericho (Js6:1-20), “the city of Roses” (Qo24:18), and see a sycamore tree like the one of Zacchaeus the tax collector (Lk19:1-10). Take in a view of the Mount of Temptation (Mt4:1), where Jesus fasted for forty days. After celebrating Mass in the Catholic Parish of Jericho, enjoy lunch in a beautiful restaurant nearby. Continue along the Jordan Valley to Nazareth to your lodging Dinner and overnight. In the evening, discover the fascinating excavations in the basement of the Sisters of Nazareth: the home of the Holy Family and the Tomb of the Just. One of the nuns will give a tour.
PART II: IN THE PRESENCE OF THE SON...
Day 5 | Monday – May 01: Nazareth, Cana
Today, let’s let Mary guide us to Jesus. Breakfast in the morning. Visit the Basilica of the Annunciation which is built over the remains of the House where the Angel Gabriel appeared to the Virgin Mary to announce that she was to become the Mother of God (Lk1:26). Celebrate Mass in the Basilica, and then walk to Mary's Well. Visit the Greek Orthodox Church of the Annunciation. Teaching of Sr Magdalit on the Eastern Churches. Lunch at Sisters of Nazareth. In the afternoon drive to Cana where Christ performed his first miracle (Jn2:1-11), at the request of His mother. Take time to ponder on the miracle of Cana and pray. While there, we will visit the Franciscan chapel where those who wish to can perform the renewal of their wedding vows. Return to to our hotel for dinner and overnight. Evening: Father’s teaching and reflection on Scripture passages.
Day 6 | Tuesday – May 02: Thabor
In the morning we will proceed to the Mt. Tabor in the Jezreel Valley (Zc12:11), 11 miles west of the Sea of Galilee. According to Origen, St Jerome and St Cyril of Jerusalem, this is the site of the Transfiguration (Mt 17:1). Also the site -in the first covenant, in the mid12th century BCE- of the battle between Barak and Sisera, under the leadership of Deborah the Israelite Judge of that time (Jg4:5). We will ascend the Mount Tabor by foot in silence (1,886 feet). After praying and contemplating the Moso-Arab Church, a jewel of art, Father will celebrate the Eucharist in this magnificence place. We will have lunch on the mountain followed by a time of teaching and personal reflection. Descent of Mount Tabor by foot. En route for the Lake of Galilee called also the Sea of Kinnereth (Nb34:11). The next three days we will ponder on the Public life of Jesus. Arrival to our hotel for dinner and overnight.
Day 7 | Wednesday – May 03: Sea of Galilee, Capernaum, Tabgha
After breakfast we will embark for a Boat ride from Ein Gev to Capernaum. Capernaum is now in ruins but was once a thriving town where Peter lived and where much of Christ’s public ministry took place (Mt 4:13). Afterwards we will stop for lunch at Gino Restaurant on the sea-shore. After lunch the bus will drive us to Tabgha, a Benedictine Abbey on the site of the Multiplication of Loaves and Fish (Mt14). Visit the Church and its famous mosaics. After we will have a time of adoration outside, on the sea-shore (called Dalmanoutha). Teaching and time of meditation in front of the lake. Dinner and overnight.
Day 8 | Thursday – May 04: Mt. Beatitude
Visit the Mount of Beatitudes, where Christ taught the Eight Beatitudes to his Disciples (Mt 5). Walk down the Mount to the Beatitude grotto (view on the Lake). Mass outside. Teaching and reflection on Scripture passage in this wonderful panorama view over the Lake and the Golan. Descent by foot to the Primacy of Peter where Jesus met the apostles after the Resurrection and healed Peter of his denial during the Passion (Jn21). Lunch at Gino Restaurant. After lunch drive nearby to Magdala, the city of Mary Magdalene. Afternoon of silence and prayer. Dinner and overnight.
Day 9 | Friday – May 05: Samaria, Jacob’s well, ascent into Jerusalem
Mass, outside at Mount of the Beatitudes Church. After breakfast, drive south through Samaria (depending on political situation). See the twin peaks of Mt Gerizim and Mt Ebal, known in the First Covenant as Mt. Blessing and Mt Cursing (Jos.8:30-35). Mt Gerizim is today the home of the few remaining Samaritans. We will make a long stop at Jacob ‘s Well. It is hewn out of solid rock over 100 feet deep. As it is manually dug out it is most certainly the same well mentioned in the Gospel of Jn4:22. The water at the bottom of the well is fed by flowing water which is why ancients gave it the name of “living water”. It is at this well that Jesus met the Samaritan woman and said to her: "Salvation is from the Jews”. We will visit the beautiful Church, pray and listen to Jesus through the teaching and reflection of Fr. Jacques. After we will enjoy lunch at Sebastia, ancient Shechem (Gn12:6), and rebuilt by Herod as the capital of the region. In the afternoon, start our ascent to the Holy City Jerusalem through the beautiful Levonah valley (Jg21:19) While ascending the mountains we will shift from ‘the Son to the Holy Spirit’ in our Trinitarian journey. Make the ascent to Jerusalem while reading the Psalms of Ascent. Enter in Jerusalem on Sabbath Eve and drive directly to the Wailing Wall of the Temple for the beginning of Sabbath. End the day with dinner and overnight at our accommodations.
PART III: IN THE PRESENCE OF THE HOLY SPIRIT...
Day 10 | Saturday – May 06: Shepherds field, Bethlehem
Drive to Bet Sahour and celebrate Mass at the Shepherds field, recalling the "great throng of the heavenly hosts" that appeared to the Shepherds announcing to them of the birth of the Savior (Lk2:8). Teaching from Fr. Jacques. Lunch in Beit Sahour at the Grotto Restaurant. After lunch, we continue on to Bethlehem. Visit the Basilica of the Nativity, built over the site of the birthplace of Jesus, born amongst the Jewish people. Visit the Cave where Christ was born. We will then visit the Chapel of St. Jerome, who lived here for many years translating the Bible into Latin. The nearby Church of St. Catherine is the venue for the midnight Mass which is broadcast all over the World from Bethlehem on Christmas Eve. While driving home stop at the panorama view of the Tayelet above the Gehenna and Kidron Valleys. Dinner and overnight at our Hotel. In the evening, private teaching of Sr. Magdalit on the Holy Sepulcher.
Day 11 | Sunday – May 07: Holy Sepulcher, Mt of Olives
We will start the day with the Sunday Mass with the Greek Catholic Community at the Jaffa Gate. Walk to Holy Sepulcher and visit this Holy place of the death and Resurrection of Jesus. We will have lunch at Papa Andreas. Than we will drive to the Mount of Olives (Mt21). Visit the Dominus Flevit Church, where Christ wept over Jerusalem (Mt23:37). Onwards to Gethsemane to view the ancient Olive trees in the Garden of Gethsemane (Mt26:36) and to visit the Church of All Nations which houses the Rock of the Agony of Christ on Holy Thursday. In this Church is a beautiful mosaic donated by the United States. Return to our accommodations for dinner and then make our way to the private Garden of Gethsemane for a special Holy Hour of Adoration. We will then return to our Hotel for a restful night’s sleep.
Day 12 | Monday – May 08: The Temple, Mt Sion
Start the day with the Mass at the Church of the Holy Sepulcher. Return to hotel for Breakfast. After breakfast, walk through the Old City to the Cardo, the Jewish Quarter, towards the Temple area, where the original temple was built (and where many episodes from the life of Christ took place (Mt21:12). Visit the excavations at the steps of the Southern Wall of the Temple Mount. Time of teaching with Father. Time of prayer and reflection in this quiet and holy place. Late morning, we will experience a Jewish Bar Mitzvah’ (Confirmation) at the Wailing Wall (the Western Wall). From there, drive to the Church of St. Peter in Galicantu built on the site of the house of Caiaphas which encloses the dungeon where Christ was kept on Holy Thursday night and the place where Peter denied Christ 3 times. Late lunch in the Armenian Quarter. Late afternoon, the bus will drive us to the Lion Gate, for the Way of the Cross. Relive the way of the Cross. We will start at Ecce Homo, under Sisters’ of Sion convent. The site of the Antonia Fortress where Christ was tried and condemned to death. Proceed along the Via Dolorosa praying the Stations of the Cross - ending at the Basilica of the Holy Sepulcher, built over the site of the Crucifixion and the Tomb of Our Lord. Dinner at the hotel.
Day 13 | Tuesday – May 09: Emmaus Nicopolis
Breakfast at Hotel. A couple hours of free time for praying at length in your favorite shrine or run errands. Late morning, drive down the mountains towards North for the celebration of the Eucharist in the Holy site of Emmaus Nicopolis where the Risen Jesus met the disciples on the road to Emmaus, and was recognized through the braking of the bread (Lk 24). We will have lunch served at the Monastery of the Beatitude’s Community, the Community to which belong both Father and Sister. After lunch, visit this moving site. We will have Mass in the antic outdoor Basilica. Mass will be followed by special fellowship in preparation to be sent back home by the Lord, as the disciples of Emmaus, full of joy for Christ is Risen! Dinner in Jerusalem or Jaffa (pending confirmation). Return to Jerusalem to pack our bags and overnight.
Day 14 | Wednesday – May 10: Return the US, Arrive home in Denver
We will meet our driver for transfer to the airport for our morning departure. Arrive home in the US on the same day.
*206 Tours Disclaimer:
Though every effort will be made to follow the itinerary, it should be considered as an indication, rather than a contract of places to be visited. Occasionally local religious holidays, national days, weather, traffic conditions and other events may necessitate changes in the sequence of visits or the missing of certain visits.
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