Thursday, February 1, 2018

Israel Group Arrives to Join our Jordan Group

by Steve Ray on February 1, 2018

The group that went to Jordan first has arrived in Israel. Now the group that is coming only for the Israel portion has arrived.

All is well and everyone is happy. Tomorrow we begin our first day with two both groups included.

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Jordan Day 5: Baptism Site, Jordan to Israel

by Steve Ray on February 1, 2018

Busy day today for everyone. For our group traveling through Jordan we went to the authentic baptismal site of Jesus on the Jordan side. We celebrated Mass right on the edge of the river. Fr. Craig’s excellent homily is HERE.

I gave my talk “ Are You Born Again?“

And here are adventures and travels today from Amman Jordan to the authentic baptism site of Jesus to the border crossing into Israel and to our hotel in Tiberias Israel.

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The location of Jesus’s baptism

Since we are at this site TODAY with a bus full of pilgrims, I thought I would share this post again.

This is an exciting development which helps establish the authentic baptismal site of Jesus. With the involvement of UNESCO the site will receive protection, funding and recognition. This is the place where the last three popes commemorated the Baptism of Our Lord.

Here are some articles about UNESCO’s decision and about the site:

  1. http://www.catholicculture.org/news/headlines/index.cfm?storyid=27394
  2. http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/1446
  3. www.BaptismSite.com

My audio of interview with Ave Maria Radio: https://avemariaradio.net/audio-archive/catholic-connection-february-9-2016-hour-2/

The Bible says in John 1:28, “This took place in Bethany beyond the Jordan, where John was baptizing.” The authentic site is just above the northern tip of the Dead Sea, east of Jericho. The actual site is not on the Israel side of the Jordan, but on the Jordan side of the river.

IMG_8294Here is a picture of me standing in the exact spot that archaeology, the Bible and early Christians and pilgrims located the spot. The early Christians knew and built churches there to commemorate the site.

If you would like to join us in Jordan, contact Elizabeth at 800-727-1999, 150. We will be visiting Jordan once every year on one of our trips to Israel. Register for these small groups or get your name on the list now since all of our trips have been selling out.

This 2-minute video link below takes a few seconds to load, but wait… it is nice and you will see where we are today. With Elijah and Jesus on the banks of the Jordan River in Jordan. Produced by the Jordanian Tourist Bureau.

http://www.wibbitz.com/watch/?id=ba7d5455e46104e4b89937b87cd7d3d4f

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