Thursday, November 21, 2013

Sailing on Galilee and UP to Jerusalem

by Steve Ray on November 21, 2013

Another great day with the St. Ann’s Parish pilgrimage. We started out with Mass at Capernaum where Jesus said,” Eat my flesh, drink my blood”. I gave my talk “Defending the Eucharist”.

We then went in on a boat ride on the Sea of Galilee before arriving at Nof Ginosar to see the ancient boat from the time of Jesus.

Next we ate St. Peter’s fish for lunch, just like Jesus and the disciples did. Then we left for our 2 hour UP to Jerusalem. Even though we were going south we would never say down to Jerusalem. In the Bible it says “up to Jerusalem 22 times.” Jerusalem is sheer God lives and is therefore the highest place of the face of the earth.

On the way up to Jerusalem I gave my conversion story, why two Baptists decided to become Catholics.

After arriving at our Notre Dame Hotel owned by the Vatican we quickly walked to the Holy Sepulchre where we had a special event called the Solemn Entry. You will see in the video that we were all able to enter the tomb of Christ escorted by the Franciscans and beautiful organ music. Very few people get this privilege.

Then back for dinner and bed to prepare for a full day tomorrow in Bethlehem.

Msgr. Droll’s homily in Capernaum here 713_0025

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Our 51 pilgrims at the Holy Sepulchre

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Msgr. Droll prays with us on the bus

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Our boat arriving on the Sea of Galilee

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Entering the Tomb of Christ

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