The Land Where Jesus Walked: An Invitation to a Pilgrimage

” ‘Rabbi, where do you live?’

       ‘Come and see…’ “

                 John 1:38-39


An Invitation to Join

A Pilgrimage Retreat




8 Days




Tel Aviv ¯ Jaffa ¯ Cana ¯ Nazareth ¯ Mount Carmel

Mount of Beatitudes ¯ Capernaum ¯ Mount Tabor

Sea of Galilee ¯ Tabgha ¯ Jordan River ¯ Ein Karem

Jerusalem ¯ Bethlehem ¯ Dead Sea ¯ Emmaus



Pilgrimage Chaplain


Date:   MAY 5-12, 2012


Organized by:  COUPLES for CHRIST Foundation for Family and Life


I T I N E R A R Y:



Arrive at Tel Aviv Ben Gurion.  Proceed to Tiberias  for accommodation. Mass at the hotel before dinner.  (D)



Drive to Cana, where Jesus performed miracles. His first miracle at a wedding feast, by changing water into wine; and the healing of the royal official’s son who was near death. Here, married couples have the opportunity to renew their marriage vows at the Church of the First Miracle during the celebration of the Holy Mass.  On to Nazareth, the place where Jesus spent His childhood.   Visit the Basilica of Annunciation, built on the site of the house of Mary and Joseph, where the Angel Gabriel appeared to Mary announcing the birth of Jesus.  After a tour of the Basilica, visit St. Joseph’s Church, site of St. Joseph’s workshop and the dwelling place of the Holy Family. Depart for Mount Carmel passing through the summit of the northern most edge of the Carmel range.  Its name is derived from the Hebrew “Karem El” which means vineyards of God.  Visit the Stella Maris Church of the Carmelite Monastery.  Under the High Altar, one can find the Cave of Elijah, held by Christian tradition as the place where the prophet lived.                               (B,L,D)



This morning, visit and celebrate Mass at the Mount of Beatitudes.  See the panoramic view from the top where Jesus preached the Sermon on the Mount.  Leave for Capernaum, the place where Jesus made His first disciples from among the humble local fishermen. Here, Jesus taught in the Synagogue, cured the sick and performed many miracles.  Visit the Church of St. Peter, which was built over the ruins of the house of St. Peter.  Proceed to Mount Tabor, site of the transfiguration of Jesus.  Visit the Church of the Transfiguration, one of the most beautiful churches in the Holy Land. Then, take a boat ride crossing  the Sea of Galilee, where Jesus miraculously walked on the water.                                                                              (B,L,D)



Visit Tabgha, the site where Jesus performed many miracles.  Celebrate the Holy Mass at Dalmanutha, traditionally the site where Jesus sighed for mankind. It is a place of meditation marked with a great cross facing the peaceful waters of the Sea of Galilee.  Next to it is the Church of the Multiplication of Loaves and Fish, built over the site where Jesus fed five thousand people with five loaves and two fish.  Nearby is Church of the Primacy of Peter, the site of the third appearance of Jesus to His disciples after His resurrection.  Here, Jesus prepared a meal for His disciples on what is known as Mensa Christi.  Leave for the Jordan River where St. John baptized Jesus. Here, you will have the opportunity to renew your baptismal vows at Yardenit.


Head for the  picturesque hillside village of Ein Karem, meaning “the spring in the vineyard.”  Visit the Church of St. John the Baptist, built on the traditional home of Zacharias and Elizabeth.  Inside is the Crypt which houses the Grotto of the Benedictus, considered to be the place where John was born.  Outside the Church, you will find the “Benedictus” translated in several languages. Up on the slopes of a rocky hill lies the Church of the Visitation or Church of the Magnificat, where Mary visited her cousin Elizabeth, an eventful meeting of the Mother of God and the mother of John the Precursor. In front of the Church is a wall with the “Magnificat” written in more than forty languages.                                                                    (B,L,D)



Leave for the holy town of Bethlehem, the birthplace of Jesus.  Visit the Shepherd’s Field where now stands the modern church of the Sanctuary of the Shepherds.  Next, visit the Basilica of the Nativity which houses the Grotto of the Nativity and the Altar of Christ’s Birth.  A silver star marks the traditional place where Jesus was born.  Beside it are two altars that face each other:  the Altar of the Manger, the place where the Baby Jesus was laid after he was born and the Altar of the Magi  where the Three Wise Men paid homage to the newborn Son of God. See the Chapel of St. Jerome, formerly a cave where he translated the Holy Bible to Latin, known as the “Vulgate”.  Return to Jerusalem.


After lunch, walk through the Palm Sunday Road to arrive at the Church of the Dominus Flevit, the spot where Jesus contemplated on the city of Jerusalem and lamented its future destruction, hence the name of the church which means, “the Lord wept”.  On to the sacred Garden of Gethsemane for an intercessory prayer. It was in this garden where Jesus and His disciples often retired to meditate and pray and where Jesus spent His last night before He was arrested.  Visit the Church of St. Peter in Gallicantu which was built to commemorate the triple denial and repentance of Peter.  This was originally the house of Caiphas where you can still see the prison cells and the pit where Jesus was probably kept.  In the evening, head for the Church of All Nations or Church of the Agony for Mass and meditation time.                                                                                                                         (B,L,D)



Enter the Old City of Jerusalem through St. Stephen’s Gate or the Lion’s Gate. Trace the Via Dolorosa (14-Stations of the Cross) to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre which was built over the site of the Calvary and the Tomb. The church also houses under its roof “the place called Golgotha, that is to say, a place of a skull” as well as the 10th to the 14th stations of the Via Dolorosa.  Visit the Church of St. Anne, traditional site of the house of Mary’s parents, St. Anne and St. Joachim.  Walk to the Pool of Bethesda where Jesus cured the paralytic.  See the Wailing Wall, also known as the Western Wall, where Jews all over the world gather to commemorate the destruction of the first and second temple and pray for Israel’s restoration.  Proceed to the Ratisbonne Monastery where pilgrims will have the time for penitential rites with a chance for confessions.                                                (B,L,D)



Visit the Church of the Pater Noster, built over the grotto where Jesus assembled His disciples and taught them the Lord’s Prayer. Here, you will find the Lord’s Prayer translated into more than 60 languages.  Next to it is the Church of the Ascension, where according to tradition, Jesus ascended to heaven.  Drive to Mount Zion to visit the Church of the Dormition Abbey, traditional site of Mary’s assumption to heaven.  Stop  at  the  Coenaculum  or  the  Upper  Room,  the place where  Jesus and His disciples ate the Last Supper and  where  the Sacrament  of  the Holy Eucharist  was instituted.  This was also the site where the Pentecost took place.

Continue on to the Dead Sea, the lowest spot on earth.  Its water is too salty that no living organism can thrive in it and one can literally float without even trying.  It is also known to heal one of his skin problems.  Take a dip in the water before returning to Jerusalem.      (B,L,D)



After an early breakfast, leave for Emmaus, situated halfway between Jerusalem and Tel Aviv.  The village of Abu Gosh was first settled over 6,000 years ago. During the Crusader Period (about 1,000 years ago), the village was ascribed as the place where Jesus revealed himself after His resurrection – that is, Emmaus – and the Benedictine Monastery was built. The Monastère de la Résurrection  is one of the most beautiful buildings preserved from the Crusader Period, and can still be visited. Impressive frescoes are painted on the inner walls, and a fountain flows from the crypt at the base of the monastery.  Then, transfer to Tel Aviv Ben Gurion Airport for your departure flight back to your home destination.                                                                  (B)




Q   Roundtrip airport transfers for those arriving/departing more or less at same time in batches of 15-30.

Q   Hotel accommodation based on twin sharing

Q   Daily hotel buffet Israeli breakfast and hotel buffet dinners plus lunches enroute

Q   Transportation by deluxe air-conditioned motor coach

Q   Tours with entrances as specified in the itinerary

Q   Services of a local English–speaking Tour Guide in Israel

Q   Services of Pilgrimage Chaplain and a Filipino Tour Leader all throughout the tour

Q   Porterage of one (1) piece of luggage at hotels


The cost of the Land Arrangement (4-star hotels, all meals and the Holy Land tour) is US$1,290.  Airfare to Tel Aviv is not included.  From Manila the cost of round trip airfare is approximately US$1,700.  Those coming from other countries will have to book their own flights to Tel Aviv.

*** Rates and program are subject to change without prior notice.***



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