With Fr. Lukose Kochupurackal - Holy Cross Parish, Ottawa
Nov. 6 - 15, 2019 10 days

Day 1 – Nov. 06

Afternoon departure to Tel Aviv.

Day 2 – Nov. 07

Morning arrival in Tel Aviv. Upon meeting our guide we embark on a panoramic view of Jaffa and are transferred to our hotel in Judea. Time for rest, dinner and overnight.

Day 3 – Nov. 08

We start the day in Jerusalem with the Stations of the Cross – Via Dolorosa. Along the way we stop at St. Ann’s Church, Pool of Bethesda, Pilate’s Judgment Hall, the Chapel of the Flagellation and the Arch of Ecce Homo, the convent of the sisters of Zion, and finish in the Holy Sepulchre Church. Mass will be celebrated in one of the many churches of Jerusalem. In the afternoon we visit the Jewish Quarter and Western Wall, also called the “Wailing Wall”. We see the place of the Mosque of Omar and El Aksar before returning to our hotel for dinner and overnight.

Day 4 – Nov. 09

This morning we move to the Mount of Olives to visit Garden of Gethsamene, Church of All Nations, Pater Noster and Dominus Flevit churches and the Chapel of the Ascension. Afternoon free time for leisure. Return to hotel for dinner and overnight.

Day 5 – Nov. 10

Today we visit Bethlehem – where Jesus was born, celebrating Mass in one of the grottos. We visit the Manger, Crusaders’ Cloister, the Grotto of St. Jerome – Shepherd’s field and Milk Grotto. In the afternoon we visit Mount Zion with the Upper Room (Room of the Last Supper) the Church of St. Peter’s in Gallicantu and Dormition Abbey built on the site of the Virgin Mary’s death. Return to our hotel for dinner and overnight.

Day 6 – Nov. 11

After breakfast we leave for a full day excursion to Masada, the Dead Sea and Qumran, where the Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered in 1947. Time for floating in the Dead Sea before moving to Jericho, the oldest continuously settled town in the world, dating back 11,000 years. We celebrate Mass here. Return to our hotel for dinner and overnight.

Day 7 – Nov. 12

Today we depart Judea for Galilee. En route we visit Caesarea by the Sea and Haifa and Mt. Carmel, the “burning place” where Elijah called fire down to confound the prophets of Baal. Here we celebrate Mass in the Stella Maris monastery. Continue to our hotel for dinner and overnight.

Day 8 – Nov. 13

After breakfast we depart for Tiberias. We travel by boat on the Sea of Galilee, visit Capernaum, home of St. Peter and the site of Jesus’ preaching, on to Tabgha to see the Church of the Multiplication with its beautiful 5th century fish mosaic. We also visit the Church of the Primacy and celebrate Mass on the Mount of the Beatitudes. Continue to Cesarea Philippi, where Jesus revealed to His disciples for the first time that He indeed was The Messiah. On our way back to the hotel, we stop at the Jordan River to renew our baptismal vows. Return to our hotel for dinner and overnight.

Day 9 – Nov. 14

This morning we ascend Mount Tabor – the Mount of the Transfiguration. Continue to Cana – the site of Jesus’ first miracle. Here we celebrate a marriage renewal ceremony. We move on to Nazareth where we celebrate Mass at the Basilica of the Annunciation and we visit Mary’s Well and St. Joseph’s Carpentry Shop. Return to our hotel for dinner and overnight.

Day 10 – Nov. 15

After breakfast we are transferred to the airport in Tel Aviv for a return flight. Evening arrival.