CSS Pilgrimage Day 5

by Steve Ray on November 19, 2007

Videos for Day Five have been moved to my Pilgrimage website — click here 

CalvarySm.jpgThe title page of the videos says "Day 6" but that is wrong. It is actually Day 5. Sorry. If you can't see morning video, click here. If you can't see afternoon video, click here.

Day Five was a great day. We started out with a High Mass at and in the Tomb of Christ in the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem.

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After breakfast we drove to Bethlehem where the pilgrims shopped in the finest shops and toured the olive wood factory. Then we went to Shepherd's Field where the angels appeared to the shephers announcing the birth of the Lamb of God. We went into the caves and sang Christmas songs — Merry Christmas!

For lunch we have fast food Bethlehem-style with a choice of falafil pita sandwiches or turkey schwarma — both much healthier than McDonalds! Then we went to the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem where Jesus was born. We touched the place where he was born and the spot where he was placed in the manger. We also sang in the Church of St. Catherine where the Christmas Mass is broadcast on TV from Bethlehem on Christmas eve.

JeromeSm.jpgSince St. Jerome is the Patron Saint of Catholic Scripture Study International, and that is the group that we are on pilgrimage with, we went into the caves below the Church of the Nativity to the tomb of St. Jerome. Gail Buckley, founder and Executive Director of CSS and I had our picture taken together at the Tomb of Jerome. In regard to Scripture study, remember that is was St. Jerome that said, "Ignorance of Scripture is ignorance of Christ."

Next we drove to Ein Kerem in the hill country of Judea where Mary walked to visit her relative Elizabeth. There we spent time viewing the beatiful paintings and I gave a talk about the Visitation and the fact that Mary is the Ark of the New Covenant. I have a lengthy article on that on my website at www.CatholicConvert.com > Resources > Writings > Steve's or click here and scroll down to "Mary, Ark of the New Covenant."

We then got fresh squeezed juice at the sidewalk juice bar in Ein Kerem and drove back to the Notre Dame Center for some free time and dinner. The evening was free. Tomorrow we visit the sites on the Mount of Olives and Mount Zion.

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Sandra Fountain November 19, 2007 at 5:49 PM

Sisters and Brothers in Christ and CSS–
What a privilege for all of you to visit these holy places. I know you bring all of us along with you in prayer. How wonderful that you could visit the Tomb of our patron, St. Jerome. Being able to enjoy these videos of your pilgrimage is amazing. We will continue to watch and pray for your journey.
May God’s peace and grace be with you–
Sandy

Alicia Duffy November 19, 2007 at 10:20 PM

I would like to tell you I have been following this journey you are on and I have fully enjoyed it, and I thank you for that and keeping me close to my mother-inlaw that is with you. (Anne Duffy) let her know she may not be here but she is with me in my heart and that I Love and Miss her.

Thank you again for allowing me to be a part of this journey.

Alicia Duffy

Sandra Fountain November 19, 2007 at 10:48 PM

Sisters and Brothers in Christ and CSS–
What a privilege for all of you to visit these holy places. I know you bring all of us along with you in prayer. How wonderful that you could visit the Tomb of our patron, St. Jerome. Being able to enjoy these videos of your pilgrimage is amazing. We will continue to watch and pray for your journey.
May God’s peace and grace be with you–
Sandy

John Meadows November 20, 2007 at 11:12 AM

I would like to thank you for sharing with me the wonderful videos of your trip, I get so see my wife, Amy, at least once a day in them. It looks to me like she is living a once in a lifetime experiance. On her next expidition I will be with her. God Bless and be safe.

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