Pilgrimage

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Screen Shot 2017-03-17 at 7.33.00 PMWe have just finalized the plans for a new and one of a kind pilgrimage through arguably the most beautiful country in the world – Italy. We will be joined by Teresa Tomeo of Catholic Connections.

It is called the Saints & Shrines of Italy and start in Milan and slowly works down through magnificent countryside and unique cities from north to south ending up in Rome.

You won’t believe all that we have crammed into the adventure, yet with a leisurely pace with time to pray and lots of great Italian food and wine.

Take a look at the brochure and itinerary here. Check out the home page and interactive map here. Hope you can join us next April 2018!

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During our last five trips to Jerusalem the Tomb of Jesus in the Holy Sepulchre has been going through much needed restoration – but it sure was a hassle and and eyesore. But this month it is finally coming to completion. On our next trip in April (sold out) we will see the Tomb in it’s restored glory. (Here is my earlier blog about the restoration with a video of the mess.)

Here is a recent article with an update:

As restoration work on Holy Sepulchre ends, Franciscan friar urges pilgrims to come to the Holy Land

The inauguration is set for 22 March in a “simple” joint ceremony based on unity between Greek Orthodox, Armenians and Latins (Roman Catholics), this according to Fr. Sinisa Srebenovic. The work “brought together even more” the three great communities. Work on the basilica floor is the next step.

Jerusalem (AsiaNews) – The reopening of the Holy Sepulchre after the restoration work is an invitation to pilgrims from around the world, but especially in Europe and the West, to “come and visit the Holy Land.” They are, together with the local community, the “living stones” that make up “a unique land,” said Franciscan friar Br Sinisa Srebenovic.

The Croatian-born member of the Council of the Custody of the Holy Land, where he has lived for 11 years, spoke to AsiaNews about the forthcoming re-opening of the Holy Sepulchre on 22 March. “It will be a simple function,” he said, “a shared event in the spirit of unity, in which the Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew I of Constantinople will also participate.”

Restoration work on Jesus’s tomb began just under a year ago, in May 2016. Ten months later, scaffolding was removed from the aedicule making it visible. Some work is still ongoing in the non-visible part of the tomb, which will be completed in time for the inauguration.

Screen Shot 2017-03-11 at 7.02.44 AMThe goal is to consolidate the whole structure, and preserve it from damage from quakes, like that of 1927. Both public and private groups are funding the work.

Antonia Mariopoulou, scientific coordinator of the restoration work, spoke to the Christian Media Center (CMC), about the “historic moments” that have characterised the work like “the opening of Jesus’s tomb” last October, “The first in 200 years and the third in history.”

The Holy Sepulchre, she said, is “a living, religious monument in which people pray incessantly [. . .] visited each year by millions of pilgrims. Preserving it is a challenge. With heart and mind, we could see a tomb full of expression.”

The Holy Sepulchre was built by the Roman Emperor Constantine in 325 AD after his mother Helena found the site. Over the centuries it has been partially destroyed and rebuilt and is one of the most visited and venerated sites in the Holy Land.

The last consolidation work of the Anastasis dates back to 1947 by the British; however, it could not be completed because the Orthodox, Armenians and Franciscans failed to agree upon it.

The structure covers the site where the remains of Jesus were placed after his death on the cross. For almost a year, a team of Greek researchers worked tirelessly in the holy place, without preventing the faithful from accessing it.

According to Br Sinisa Srebenovic, the restoration has brought closer together the three great communities in the Holy Land – the Greek Orthodox, Latin and Armenian – in the name of a “path started with the work in Bethlehem and continued here at the Holy Sepulchre”.

web-holy-sepulchre-000_m199h-gali-tibbon-afp-ai1This “agreement is the fruit of the work of previous years, in the name of unity promoted by the Greek Orthodox Patriarchate, the Armenian Patriarchate, and the former Custos Fr Pierbattista Pizzaballa, who today is the apostolic administrator.”

There is already talk of a future joint project for “the basilica floor”. It is still in an early stage, Br Srebenovic noted, but “in the near future we will do it.”

“This work has a deep spiritual value,” he explained. It “strengthens unity and cooperation in spite of difficulties. Today the Holy Sepulchre is open in all its splendour and the fact that it will be ready just for the celebration of Easter, which this year is the same for the three Christian communities, is also a sign of the spirit.”

The inauguration will be a “shared moment” with a “shared purpose” in the name of “simplicity.” The event is scheduled for 10 am on 22 March in the presence of representatives of the Franciscan, Greek orthodox and Armenian communities.

There will be “three chants for each community”, Br Srebenovic noted, followed by the address of the Custos of the Holy Land and the Armenian and Greek Orthodox patriarchs. “The Lord’s Prayer in each language” will conclude the service.

For the Franciscan friar, the “Restoration is also an important message to pilgrims from around the world. Come here, do not be afraid! There are no real dangers and the presence of the faithful from around the world is essential to keep alive the Christian communities of the Holy Land, which is not composed of museums and exhibits, but of living stones.” (DS)

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Eloquent Thanks for Holy Land Pilgrimage

March 9, 2017

Steve and Janet, We would like to thank you and Janet for a once in a lifetime experience in the Holy Land. From day one, this journey has been the work of God.  Our last minute addition to the trip was no accident and truly the work of God. The trip itself was well organized and […]

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Power of the Olive Wood, Holy Land Rosaries

March 3, 2017

On each of our trips we offer olive wood Rosaries to our groups. These are made by Sisters in Bethlehem. We touch them to all the holy sites, especially all the Rosary sites. They are all blessed in Jerusalem before the pilgrims head back home. A Mother Superior wrote to me about her experience in […]

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Putting our Lives at Risk :-) to Discover Birthplace & Tomb of Elisha

February 25, 2017

 Today my wife and I traveled through the Palestinian West Bank discovering the birthplace and the tomb of the Prophet Elisha. We are scouting and preparing for our next Footprints of God DVD on Elijah-Elisha. Hope you enjoy the video of our adventures today. Do you remember the story in 2 Kings 13:21 where a […]

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Via Dolorosa to Mass at Calvary and Discovering Empty Tomb

February 23, 2017

Starting your day at 4:00 AM we went on the Via Dolorosa to Mass at Calvary and then entering the tomb. Enjoy! Farewells $ Comments

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Western Wall, Gethsemane, Mounts of Olives and Zion and more

February 22, 2017

Western Wall, Gethsemane (Fr. James’ wonderful homily), Mount of Olives, Church of Mary’s Dormition, Upper Room, St. Peter in GAllicantu, Bishop of Jerusalem and dinner on the roof of Jerusalem.

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Jerusalem of Jesus’ Time, Camels, Dead Sea Swim, Jericho and more…

February 21, 2017

Day full of fun with swimming in the Dead Sea and riding camels. We also renewed our baptismal vows in the Jordan River and toured Qumran. Lunch in Jericho and Israel Museum. Mass at Notre Dame (homily here). Enjoy.

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Bethlehem All Day! Christmas! Mass in a Cave! Saints bones. Dancing!

February 20, 2017

All day in Bethlehem. Enjoy! Fr. James’ excellent Christmas homily in a Cave here.

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Sailing with Jesus, Capernaum (Hometown of Jesus), Eating St. Peter’s Fish, Visitation, Jerusalem

February 19, 2017

We started the day with Peter, James, Andrew and John on a boat going across the sea of Galilee he. It was a little windy and choppy but a genuine experience. The Mass at Capernaum was especially meaningful today. Knowing that Jesus had healed thousands of people there we had a special healing Mass with […]

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Mass at Beatitudes, Steve’s Talk on Peter, Druze Lunch, Fr. Jame’s Story and more

February 18, 2017

We started with Mass at Beatitudes overlooking the Sea of Galilee. The excellent homily is <a href=”http://www.yorutube.com/watch?v=mO1MQJJHw4A” target=”_blank”>here</a>. A nice hour drive north to the Lebonese border with Fr. James Conlon telling his vocation story. <img src=”http://www.footprintsofgodpilgrimages.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/IMG_7648-169×300.png” alt=”” width=”169″ height=”300″ class=”alignright size-medium wp-image-1591484″ /> We arrived at Caesarea Philippi where Steve gave his talk and […]

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Transfigured, Renewed Marital Vows and Met the Holy Family in Nazareth

February 17, 2017

Great day in Galilee. Started with wild taxi ride up Mount Tabor for Mass and for teaching on the Transfiguration. Another great homily here. Many people very moved. Then to Cana for Renewal of Wedding Vows and Steve’s teaching on John 2. Lunch in Nazareth before arriving at the Church of Annunciation at the cave […]

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Jordan Group at Jesus’ Baptismal Site and Crossing into Israel; Group 2’s Arrival in Israel

February 16, 2017

Today the Jordan group left them on and we drove down to the Jordan River and had Mass on the shores of the river where Jesus was baptized. You can watch/listen to the homily and watch the renewal of baptisms here. Today the Jordan group left them on and we drove down to the Jordan River […]

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Amazing Petra: World Heritage Site of Stunning Beauty – Full Tour!

February 15, 2017

Colorful gorges, galloping horses, Bedouins and Camel drivers, the Treasury of Indiana Jones’ fame, rock caves and tombs, hot mint tea, multi-colored sandstone corridors 300 feet high – great experience. Many people said they were happy to scratch this one off their “Bucket List.” We also had Mass in one in one of my favorite […]

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Amman to Mt. Nebo to Madaba to Petra Jordan

February 14, 2017

Third day in Jordan seeing so much! Mass at Mount Nebo where Moses looked across the Jordan Valley into the Promised Land (excellent homily here).

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