Pilgrimage Overview:

  • Pilgrimage Chaplain:

    Fr. Gerard Deveza

  • Departure Date:

    December 20, 2017

  • Countries:

    Holy Land

Pilgrimage Highlights

Nazareth

Nazareth, or Natsrat as its name is pronounced in Hebrew, is the cradle of Christianity, the city where, according to...

Nazareth, or Natsrat as its name is pronounced in Hebrew, is the cradle of Christianity, the city where, according to tradition, the angel Gabriel told Mary that she would conceive by the power of the Holy Spirit, and the place where Jesus spent his childhood and youth. Nazareth, in the lower Galilee, is located in the heart of a valley surrounded by mountains that embrace several of the most important Christian sites in the world. This is a city of religion and faith, of spirituality and holiness, but also a city with a rich history, fascinating archaeology, modern culture and Middle Eastern charm.

Tiberias

Located on the western shores of the Sea of Galilee (or Lake Kinneret), Tiberias is Israel’s lowest city at 200...

Located on the western shores of the Sea of Galilee (or Lake Kinneret), Tiberias is Israel’s lowest city at 200 meters below sea level. It was named in honor of the Roman Emperor Tiberius.

Tiberius is one of the four Jewish Holy cities, and the capital of the Galilee. It has a long history since it was established in the early Roman period. It was the Jewish people’s political and religious hub as well as the center of Jewish spiritual creativity. Tiberius has historically been known for its hot springs, believed to cure skin and other ailments, for thousands of years.

Mount Tabor

Mount Tabor rises 575 meters above sea level on the eastern edge of the Jezreel Valley. Also known as the Mount...

Mount Tabor rises 575 meters above sea level on the eastern edge of the Jezreel Valley. Also known as the Mount of Transfiguration, it is the traditional site of the Transfiguration described in the Synoptic Gospels, when Jesus became radiant, spoke with Moses and Elijah, and was called “Son” by God  (Matthew 17:1-9, Mark 9:1-8, Luke 9:28-36.).  Two churches on top of the mountain commemorate the Transfiguration– an impressive Franciscan church built on the ruins of Byzantine and Crusaders churches, and a modest Greek Orthodox church named for the prophet Elijah.

Capernaum

Capernaum is an ancient fishing village on the north shore of the Sea of Galilee in Israel. It is home to...

Capernaum is an ancient fishing village on the north shore of the Sea of Galilee in Israel. It is home to a celebrated Byzantine-era synagogue as well as the house where Jesus healed a paralytic and St. Peter’s mother-in-law.

Capernaum is frequently mentioned in the Gospels and was Jesus’ main base during his Galilean ministry. It is referred to as Jesus’ “own city” (Mt 9:1; Mk 2:1) and a place where he lived (Mt 1:13). He probably chose it simply because it was the home of his first converts, Peter and Andrew (Mk 1:21, 29).

Sea of Galilee

The Sea of Galilee lies roughly 650 feet below sea level and is 14 miles long and 7 1/2 miles...

The Sea of Galilee lies roughly 650 feet below sea level and is 14 miles long and 7 1/2 miles wide at its widest point. The Sea is the major source of fresh water for the entire country. The Sea, really a lake, lies on the ancient “Via Maris,” a route that linked Egypt and Mesopotamia.

It was by the Sea of Galilee that Jesus chose his first disciples – Simon Peter, Andrew, James and John, and it was here that he performed many miracles.  It was in the hills surrounding the Lake that Jesus fed the five thousand from the miraculous multiplication of the loaves and fishes, and it was on this Lake that he stilled the storm and walked on the water to his disciples.

Cana

Cana is the traditional site of the wedding feast where Jesus performed his first miracle of turning water into wine...

Cana is the traditional site of the wedding feast where Jesus performed his first miracle of turning water into wine (John 2:1-11). It is also mentioned later in John as a place where Jesus heals a royal official’s son (John 4:46) and the hometown of disciple Nathaneal (also called Bartholomew) (John 21:2).

The Franciscan Wedding Church was built in 1879 on the traditional site of the wedding feast where ancient stone jars were discovered. It is possible for couples to renew their wedding vows here, with a certificate available in a variety of languages.

Mount of Beatitudes

Located on a small hill overlooking the Sea of Galilee near Tabgha, the Mount of Beatitudes is the traditional site of Jesus’...

Located on a small hill overlooking the Sea of Galilee near Tabgha, the Mount of Beatitudes is the traditional site of Jesus’ delivery of the Sermon on the Mount, probably the most famous sermon of all time. Pilgrims have been drawn to this scenic place since at least the 4th century.

Tabgha

In the region of Tabgha, on the northern shore of the Sea of Galilee, lies the Church of the Multiplication of...

In the region of Tabgha, on the northern shore of the Sea of Galilee, lies the Church of the Multiplication of Loaves and Fishes, the traditional site of the food multiplication story found in all four gospels  (Matthew 14:13-21, Mark 6:31-44, Luke 9:10-17, John 6:5-15)  It is also where Jesus appeared to his disciples after his resurrection (John 21:1-17).

Besides its sacred importance as the place of a miracle of Jesus, the main highlight of the Church of the Loaves and Fishes is the beautiful 5th-century figurative mosaic floor. It is the earliest known example of a figured pavement in Palestinian Christian art.

The Church of the Primacy of St. Peter, north of the Church of the Multiplication, was built on the rocks at the shore of the Sea of Galilee, traditionally considered to be the place where Jesus appeared the fourth time after his resurrection (John 21:1-24), during which Jesus again conferred primacy to Simon Peter.

Jordan River

The Jordan River, in which John the Baptist baptized his cousin Jesus of Nazareth, is a river which flows into the...

The Jordan River, in which John the Baptist baptized his cousin Jesus of Nazareth, is a river which flows into the Dead Sea. It is considered to be one of the world’s most sacred rivers.

It originates approximately 200 meters above sea level on the slopes of Mt. Hermon, Israel. It ends its course at the lowest spot in the world, the Dead Sea, at 420 meters below sea level.

John the Baptist prepared the people for the coming of the Messiah when he baptized them in the waters of the Jordan River (Matt 3:5 ff; Mk 1:5 ff).  Jesus Himself was also baptized by John in the Jordan River near Bethany (John 1:28-33).

Bethlehem

The city of Bethlehem, located about six miles, southwest of Jerusalem, is the birthplace of Jesus Christ. Meaning “house of bread,”...

The city of Bethlehem, located about six miles, southwest of Jerusalem, is the birthplace of Jesus Christ. Meaning “house of bread,” Bethlehem was also the renowned City of David. It was there in young David’s hometown that the prophet Samuel anointed him to be king over Israel (1 Samuel 16: 1-13)

And in Micah 5, the prophet foretold that Messiah would come from the small and seemingly insignificant town of Bethlehem.

Bethlehem is home to one of the most sacred Christian sites in the world. Built by Constantine the Great (circa 330 AD), the Church of the Nativity still stands over a cave believed to be the very spot where Jesus was born.  The place of the manger is marked by a 14-pointed silver star, called the Star of Bethlehem.

Jerusalem

Jerusalem is the capital of the State of Israel, its seat of government, and the holiest city in Judaism. It is...

Jerusalem is the capital of the State of Israel, its seat of government, and the holiest city in Judaism.
It is also Israel’s largest, most populated, and most religiously diverse city.

In Jerusalem’s heart is the Old City, which is surrounded by a wall and divided into four quarters – Jewish, Armenian, Christian, and Muslim. Inside the walls are the important holy sites of the three major  religions: the Western Wall, which is holy to the Jews, the Church of the Holy Sepulcher, and the Dome of the Rock on the Temple Mount.

Jerusalem is also very important to Christianity, as Jesus Christ lived and died here. One of the most prominent and important sites in the Christian quarter is the Via Dolorosa, the “Way of Sorrows,” Jesus’ final path, where he was crucified and buried.

Ein Kerem.

In a peaceful valley between mountains and hills, surrounded by the beauty of natural groves, nestles one of Jerusalem’s most...

In a peaceful valley between mountains and hills, surrounded by the beauty of natural groves, nestles one of Jerusalem’s most picturesque neighborhoods – Ein Kerem.
According to Christian tradition, Ein Karem  is where Elizabeth, the mother of John the Baptist, miraculously became pregnant. This is also where he was born. Tradition teaches that during her pregnancy, Elizabeth was visited by a family relative – Mary, who was also pregnant, with Jesus. The two women met beside the village well and Mary drank from its cool waters. That place is now called Mary’s Well.

Said to be built over the home of John the Baptist’s parents, the Church of the Visitation stands high up on the hillside of Ein Kerem in Jerusalem.  In the church courtyard, one wall is covered with ceramic tiles bearing the words of the Magnificat in 42 languages.

Jericho

Jericho is believed to be one of, if not the oldest cities in the world. According to Jewish tradition, after the...

Jericho is believed to be one of, if not the oldest cities in the world.

According to Jewish tradition, after the Israelites’ 40-year sojourn in the desert, Joshua decides the first city in Canaan he will conquer is Jericho. God tells him that he will be victorious and instructs Joshua to have his troops march around the walls of the city once a day for six days. This is precisely what happens according to the Bible (Joshua 6)

Besides being old, Jericho is also one of the lowest cities in the world, about 800 feet (244 m) below sea level.

Qumran

Qumran is an archaeological site in the West Bank. It is located on a dry plateau about a mile inland...

Qumran is an archaeological site in the West Bank. It is located on a dry plateau about a mile inland from the northwestern shore of the Dead Sea, near the Israeli settlement and kibbutz of Kalia.

Found in Qumran are the Dead Sea Scrolls, which is a collection of 972 texts discovered between 1946 and 1956 that consists of biblical manuscripts from what is now known as the Hebrew Bible and extra- biblical documents found on the northwest shore of the Dead Sea, from which they derive their name. They were located specifically at Khirbet Qumran in what was then British Mandate Palestine, and since 1947, what has been known as the West Bank.  The texts are of great historical, religious and linguistic significance and include the earliest known surviving copies of biblical and extra-biblical documents.

Dead Sea

The Dead Sea is the lowest point on earth in any land mass (417 meters below sea level, to be exact). The...

The Dead Sea is the lowest point on earth in any land mass (417 meters below sea level, to be exact). The quantity of water that evaporates from it is greater than that which flows into it, such that this body of water has the highest concentration of salt in the world (340 grams per liter of water).

It is called the Dead Sea because its salinity prevents the existence of any life forms in the lake. That same salt, on the other hand, provides tremendous relief to the many ailing visitors who come here on a regular basis to benefit from its healing properties. All these and more make the Dead Sea so fascinating, so different and so interesting.

Emmaus

The village of Emmaus was the setting for one of the most touching of Christ’s post- Resurrection appearances. The Emmaus story is...

The village of Emmaus was the setting for one of the most touching of Christ’s post- Resurrection appearances.

The Emmaus story is well-known: Two disciples downcast by the death of Jesus, and confused by reports that his body is missing, are walking from Jerusalem to Emmaus. They encounter a stranger who listens to their concerns, then gives them a Scripture lesson that makes their “hearts burn within them”.

Finally, as they share the evening meal, he breaks bread and they recognized him. By then the risen Christ has disappeared from their sight, and they immediately hurry back to Jerusalem (Luke 24:13-35).

Inclusions

  • Roundtrip economy airfare via Turkish Airlines
  • Roundtrip airport transfers
  • First class hotel accommodation on twin sharing
  • Meals on full board basis (B – Israeli Breakfast; L – Lunch; D – Dinner)
  • Transportation by deluxe air-conditioned motor coach
  • Tours with entrances as specified in the itinerary
  • Services of a local tour guide in Israel
  • Services of a Filipino Tour Leader and Pilgrimage Chaplain all throughout the tour
  • Porterage of one (1) piece of luggage at hotels

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About Your Pilgrimage

“Suddenly, a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying, ‘Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.’ When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, ‘Let’s go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.’ So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger.” Luke 2: 13-16

Like the shepherds that hurried off to find Him on whom God’s favor rests, celebrate this Christmas in Bethlehem, the birthplace of Jesus on a special Christmas Pilgrimage to the Holy Land with Fr. Gerard Deveza, leaving on December 20, 2017.

Begin your pilgrimage in Nazareth, the place where Jesus spent His childhood. Visit the Church of the Annunciation, built on the site where the angel Gabriel revealed to Mary that she will soon become the Mother of God. Next stop is Mount Tabor to visit the Church of the Transfiguration, one of the most beautiful churches in the Holy Land. Then enjoy a relaxing boat ride across the Sea of Galilee, where Jesus miraculously walked on water.

Renew your baptismal vows at the River Jordan, where Jesus was baptized by St. John. Married couples will then get to renew their marriage vows at the Church of First Miracle in Cana. Pilgrims continue on to Bethlehem to take part in the Christmas festivities. Attend the Midnight Christmas Mass at the Manger Square, where Mary gave birth and lovingly cradled the baby Jesus in her arms. After Mass, celebrate a Christmas Eve meal with Fr. Gerard Deveza and fellow pilgrims. Spend a full day in Bethlehem on this very special Christmas Day.

A highlight of the pilgrimage is when pilgrims will pray the Stations of the Cross on the Via Dolorosa (Way of Grief) in the Old City of Jerusalem. It was on this road that Jesus chose to suffer and die for all our sins out of His love for mankind.
Join a Christmas Pilgrimage in the Holy Land with Fr. Gerard Deveza leaving on December 20, 2017. Participate in the melange of festivities and save up on precious memories that you will remember forever.

Things We Love

  • To sing Christmas carols and to kiss a baby Jesus on Christmas night is quite apropos.
  • Savor that awesome feeling of the wind blowing in your face while contemplating the scenic views on your boat ride at the Sea of Galilee.
  • Recall the profound love of Jesus for mankind as you trace the last road that He walked on at the Via Dolorosa in the Old City of Jerusalem.
  • Knowledgeable tour guides that discuss the historical significance of every place visited.

Things To Do

  • SOUVENIRS

    Bethlehem is world famous for their authentic olive wood products like rosaries, icons and statues. Make sure you buy some souvenirs to bring home to your family and friends.

  • SHOP

    Have great finds at the Christmas market in Bethlehem, part of their traditional annual Christmas festivities

  • DIP

    Take a dip in the Dead Sea, the lowest spot on earth, and cover yourself up with mud which is reputed to do wonders for the skin.

  • ONE

    Feel united with fellow Christians as multiple services and processions led by many different denominations take place, including Catholics, Protestants, Greek Orthodox, Ethiopian, Armenian and many more

  • FEAST

    Enjoy a traditional St. Peter’s Fish lunch by the Sea of Galilee, the same type of fish that Jesus would partake with his disciples.

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Visa Requirements

No visa is required to go to the Holy Land for Philippine passport holders.

Booking Conditions

1) US$ 300.00 non-refundable deposit is required upon reservations together with a recent passport-size photo, photocopy of passport (valid for 6 months from date of departure) and Pilgrim’s Profile.

2) Full payment in U.S. dollars is required before ticketing but in no case shall it be later than one month before departure date.

3) The following cancellation charges will apply:
> 45 days before departure date – US$ 300.00
> 30 days before departure date – 50% of the Tour Cost
> 15 days prior to departure date – Full tour cost will be forfeited.

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