Video of Holy Sepulchre Opening Again!

by Steve Ray on May 27, 2020

On Sunday the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem opened again. My good friend Jeries sent me some pictures and videos of the opening day. Join in the solemn yet joyful experience.


This weekend I received two videos from my Nazarean friend and partner Amer Shehadeh. It shows the Israeli freeways full of cars and life getting back to normal in Nazareth. Enjoy thes 28-second clips with his commentary.

We are heading back on July 29 and our bus is already almost sold out. We are very excited to see the Holy Sites WITHOUT crushing crowds and endless lines. Wow!

Here is our Mass schedule which includes the Solemn High Mass at the Tomb of Christ with the freedom to enter the Tomb immediately following the Mass with no lines or waiting. Unbelievable considering the 2-4 hour lines just a few months ago.


  1. On the shore of Galilee,
  2. Mount of Beatitudes,
  3. Mount of Transfiguration,
  4. House of Peter in Capernaum,
  5. Caves of the Shepherds in Bethlehem,
  6. High Mass at the Tomb of Christ,
  7. Garden of Gethsemane,
  8. Notre Dame Center


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Friends: I am determined to help our Catholic Christian friends in Jerusalem. There are several families Janet and I know personally and they need help.

The Roman Catholic family at the right is Jeries Majlaton, his wife and three great kids–one of the families we help. Janet and I are long-term friends. Jeries works for the Franciscans inside the Holy Sepulchre and his kids attend the local Catholic school.  There are others too that are currently unemployed and we will distribute the money as needed.

When our groups are in Israel we take up collections for these multiple families but since we are not able to go now for months, we want to continue to collect and donate the assistance. PLEASE HELP!

Already some people have sent me checks to pass the cash on to the Christian families. If you can help send me a check made out to “Steve Ray” 3588 Plymouth Road, #277, Ann Arbor MI 48105-2603.  I will deposit the check in my account and send them the money by Western Union.

Or you can send it as a donation to my payal account and I will make sure they get EVERY penny that you send (except PayPal's 1-2%). Hopefully we can help our brothers and sisters in Christ already suffering, but now more so because of the virus, being unemployed and the lack of pilgrims.


Interview with Steve Ray (Jerusalem Jones)

May 7, 2020

Here is my interview on YouTube with Will Deatherage from Clarifying Catholic. We discuss my conversion story, Scripture and Tradition, the origins of my ministry, and more in 5-minute video clips. Head over to YouTube to check out the full playlist. You can also listen to the interview on Spotify.

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Don’t Let This Pandemic Stop You From Going on a Pilgrimage!

May 6, 2020

Come Join Steve Ray and Ignatius Press On A Virtual Trip Through The Holy Land and Salvation History!   We may be restricted from travel far from home, but we can all go on a rollicking, exciting, entertaining, family-friendly, educational pilgrimage through the lands where our salvation history all happened! Steve will lead you through […]

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Depth of Water in Sea of Galilee! HIGH!

April 25, 2020

For those who have traveled to Israel with Janet and I and stayed at the Ron Beach Hotel in Tiberias on the Sea of Galilee, you will certainly enjoy these pictures! Janet and I have only seen the sea this high about 16 or 17 years ago. It is delightful to see it full again. […]

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Two New Videos and Important Pilgrimage Updates

April 17, 2020

Click here to read my recent email newsletter for two videos from the Holy Land—including an exclusive look at the Easter Triduum services at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre—and important updates regarding upcoming pilgrimages. Be sure to scroll to the bottom for some words of encouragement from the Chaplains of our Mediterranean Cruise, Fr. […]

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Exclusive Video: Holy Week inside Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem

April 14, 2020

Join the Franciscan Friars for Easter in an exclusive – inside the Holy Sepulchre during the virus lockdown. Thanks to my friends Jeries Majlaton and Fr. Sinisa who provided me with exclusive photos and video footage inside the Holy Sepulchre during the Holy Week Triduum. The Franciscans are on lockdown inside the church and celebrated […]

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Amer (from Nazareth) and Me (Steve in US) Discuss the Holy Land today with Teresa Tomeo

April 7, 2020

Amer Shehadeh (BesTour) and I (Steve Ray) discussed the current situation in Israel with the Wuhan coronavirus shutdown. Amer explains the situation of Christians under the current isolation mandate and the condition of the holy sites. (Picture: In Tiberias with David our driver, me and Janet with Amer Shehadeh.) We discussed the shutdown of the […]

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Was Jesus Clothed or Naked at the Crucifixion?

April 7, 2020

A few years ago I wrote an article entitled “Was Jesus Crucified Naked?” It generated a lot of comments, some very critical. A very kind person wrote to me today about that article saying they was uncomfortable with the idea that Mary was looking up at unclothed men on crosses. THEY WROTE: It was my […]

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Watch Closing of the Holy Sepulchre Indefinitely for Virus Fear

April 6, 2020

Here you will see the streets of Jerusalem compared a month ago and today. After a gorgeous video showing the inside of the Tomb, watch the closing of the Holy Sepulchre. Watch the sad moment when the doors are locked and the custodian, my friend Omar, walks away. The movie was taken by my friend […]

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I love music from Israel and this is one of my favorite, itching to get back!!!

April 4, 2020

This musical piece is entitled “Darbuka la Corona.” It is a group of musicians playing from home and integrated into an orchestra. Quite nice. I listen to it every day as a type of prayer with the hopes of getting back to my favorite land soon. Enjoy! By the way, we have an interim pilgrimage […]

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Protestant Heaven vs. Catholic Heaven – Simpson Style

March 29, 2020

This got a chuckle out of me so I thought you might like it to. In a dream Marge sees Bart and Homer convert to the Catholic Church and go to Catholic heaven, leaving her behind in Protestant heaven, to her chagrin. Click HERE.

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Did Solomon’s Mother Bathsheba Demonstrate Mary is NOT a Good Intercessor?

March 26, 2020

I put up a post a few days ago with a video of my talk in Ephesus about Mary being Queen of Heaven and an Intercessor for the people of God’s kingdom. Someone wrote to object saying, It is interesting Steve, as to what you left out in your reference to 1 Kings 2:19 , Solomon’s Mother […]

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Legatus March 2020 Holy Land Pilgrimage

March 12, 2020

Unhappily this trip was not able to proceed because Israel, for all intents and purposes, closed their borders to all travelers including Americans. Delta also canceled our flights. We are so sorry this has inconvenienced so many, not just our pilgrims, but travelers from around the world. UPDATE 3/12/20  Delta has now canceled their flights to […]

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Good-bye Indefatigable Pilgrims: 13 Days thru Jordan & Israel: Comments & Farewells

February 21, 2020

We had a great 13 days together, 14 if you count the flight over. This was like a big Bible study visiting sites that most people never see in these biblical lands. From the mountains of Gilead in the north of Jordan down through Amman and Madaba in the mountains of Moab south through the […]

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