Thursday, April 27, 2017

Holy Land Pilgrime Arrived – Ready to Go!

by Steve Ray on April 27, 2017

NOTE TO FAMILY AND FRIENDS OF THESE PILGRIMS — please messages below in Comments and I’ll read them on the bus. Humor is always appreciated ??

This Holy Land pilgrimage is sponsored by the Food Donation Connection which is a very marvelous organization that finds ways to collect wasted food and distribute it to the poor and hungry and those who need it. Brilliant idea!

A lot of folks had arrange their own airlines and we provided transfers to our hotel in Tiberias. The main group of about 30 arrive at Ben Gurion airport at 4:20 PM. By the time they went through passport and collected their luggage we left around 6 PM for the drive to Tiberias and our beautiful Ron Beach Hotel on the shores of the Sea of Galilee!

We settled in, had dinner and celebrated Mass with the waves splashing Right beside us. What a great place for the first Mass in the Holy Land!

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Before our group arrived today Janet and I visited the Tomb of Christ in the Holy Sepulchre a few days after its unveiling without the ugly iron girders that used to surround it for support. Here are a few pictures of the new exterior and one of the interior. Nothing is really changed (except removal of girders) it is just cleaned up and restored. Very beautiful. More soon in a few days when we have Mass here.

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