Tuesday, October 22, 2013

The Throne of Satan at Pergamum

by Steve Ray on October 22, 2013

Another great day visiting two ancient sites starting at Pergamum as mentioned in Revelation 2. St. John, quoting Jesus, said they lived where the Throne of Satan is. We showed our pilgrims the place where the Altar of Zeus stood.

I explained that false gods have demons behind them. Zeus was the father of all the gods and the altar of Zeus would then be implied to be the throne of the head daemon, Satan himself.

Very interesting to read Scripture as walking thru these biblical cities. St. John says they had a man martyred names Antipas and yet the faithful stayed faithful even in persecution.

Weather was great and everyone is doing wonderfully – joyful, happy, helpful, learning and delightful to be with. Yor row we spend the day in Ephesus with Mass at Mary’s House.

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The Exotic City of Istabul

by Steve Ray on October 22, 2013

Some were afraid to visit Turkey, Istanbul in particular. They all exclaimed, “What a surprise! Istanbul is marvelous!” And it is.

Most Americans have never been in a Muslim mosque. We took them in the huge Blue Mosque for a primer on Islam. Then to the very sad Hagia Sophia that was the largest and most beautiful church in the world for over 1,000 years until Muslims turned it into a mosque. It is now a museum. Sad. (Wake up America!)

After touring the Byzantine Basilica of St. Irene we dove into the Spice Market is very exotic and everyone enjoyed the sights, sounds, smells and all the free samples to taste.

Authentic Turkish food is delicious and we had way more variety and quantity than we could eat at the Hamdi Restaurant.

Mass at the Cathedral of the Holy Spirit where Pope John XXIII served as pastor was our last stop of the day before returning to our ship. The captain held a cocktail reception followed by another sumptuous dinner and free evening on the ship.

Video Part 1

Video Part 2

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