Saturday, January 26, 2008

Holy Land Pilgrimage Day Five

by Steve Ray on January 26, 2008

Video moved to my Pilgrimage website here. You can also watch this video directly on YouTube here.

GroupHolySepulchreSm.jpgEverything went GREAT! Mass at Calvary where Jesus was nailed to the cross, touched the top of Calvary where the blood flowed, visited the tomb, and had a group picture in the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. Then back to breakfast at the Notre Dame. Boarded the bus and headed to Bethlehem for shopping. After 1 1/2 hours in the beatiful shop we went to Shepherd's Field and the Milk Grotto.

Then to the Christmas Tree Restaurant for filafils and schwarma sandwiches. Then a tour of the Church of the Nativity touching the place where Jesus was born. Then out of Bethlehem to the town of Ein Kerem where Mary visited her relative Elizabeth and here I gave my talk on Mary the Ark of the New Covenant. Then on to the Israel Museum to visit the nearly one acre model of the city of Jerusalem as it was in the time of Christ. Back to the Notre Dame for some free time before a good dinner.

The evening was spent viewing the fabulous Shroud of Turin exhibit led by Fr. Kelly. Lino Rulli, the Catholic Guy on Sirius Satellite joined us this evening. Everyone is doing great! NO PROBLEMS! More soon with videos hopefully on Sunday.


Holy Land Pilgrimage Day Four

by Steve Ray on January 26, 2008

We started the day with a visit to the Ancient Boat recovered from the mud in the Sea of Galilee from the first century. Then we took an hour boat ride out on the Sea of Galilee. Mass at Capernaum, a drive up through the Golan Heights for lunch at a Druze Restaurant. Delicious! Then to the foot of Mount Hermon to Banias which was called Caesarea Philippi in the New Testament (Matt 16). I gave my talk "Peter: the Rock, the Keys & the Chair."

GroupJordanSm.jpgWe then drove to the south end of the Sea of Galilee for renewal of baptism vows in the Jordan River. (To see the group shot at the Jordan, click here.) Then Steve gave his conversion on the bus ride down the Jordan Valley opposite the mountains of Moab then up 4400 feet to Jerusalem. We had dinner and settled in to our hotel at the Notre Dame which is owned by the Vatican. Everyone is doing great and having a wonderful time. No problems, issues or troubles. Everyone is commenting on how safe and friendly everything is. More soon.

Video moved to my Pilgrimage website here. You can also watch this video directly on YouTube here.


Here is a link to Steve's recent interview on Searching the Word. He discussed the city of Bethlehem and the meaning of this city and the life of the Holy Family.

Click here to listen. Click here to learn more about Mary, Mother of God and Jesus, the Word Became Flesh all filmed on location. To join us on a future pilgrimage, click here.