Holy Land Pilgrimage Update

Sorry for the delay in posting to this blog . . . combination of lack of Internet service at times and fatigue/lack of time at the end of the day. Here’s a hodgepodge of sites we’ve visited up to this point.

Praying at Elijah’s cave (where he hid from the pagan prophets of Baal) under the Carmelite Monastery, Stella Maris, located on Mt. Carmel (in Haifa, Israel).

Here is our pilgrimage group standing in front of Elijah’s statue at Muhraqa, on the other side of Mt. Carmel. This is where Elijah challenged the 450 pagan prophets of Baal to a contest of whose God would consume their sacrifice. Read 1 Kings 18.

Grotto in the Basilica of the Annunciation in Nazareth — this is the location where the Archangel Gabriel appeared to Mary and announced that she would become the Mother of the Messiah.

Fr. Aaron Junge and Fr. Chris Podhajsky celebrate Mass in the Basilica of the Annunciation.

This is the synagogue in Capernaum where Jesus gave His Bread of Life discourse (John 6).

Beautiful sunrise on the Sea of Galilee

St. Peter’s Church in Jaffa

After we were picked up at the airport this morning, we drove to the city of Jaffa, which is right next to Tel Aviv. We visited St. Peter’s Church, which is built in or near the area where Peter had a vision of a large sheet descending from heaven containing a large number of animals (Acts 10). The Lord told him to slaughter and eat, and when Peter protested, God said, “What God has made clean, you are not to call profane.”

Leaving for the Holy Land with Fr. Chris on Monday!