Fr. Luisito Atanacio
September 17, 2019
Holy Land, Jordan
Explore Jordan and its ancient history. Make your way through the Holy Land to experience Jesus, follow in His footsteps, and see Him in the works He performed. Join a 12-day Pilgrimage to the Holy Land and Jordan with Fr. Luisito Atanacio leaving on September 17, 2019.
Begin your pilgrimage in Petra, Jordan, once described as “the rose city half as old as time.” Literally carved into vibrant red, white, pink and sandstone cliff, this UNESCO World Heritage site is one of the world’s most stunning archaeological sites.
Cross the border of Jordan into Israel via the Sheikh Hussein Bridge. Head for Nazareth, the cradle of Christianity. Visit the Basilica of Annunciation, which stands directly over a cave in the crypt that is traditionally held to be the home of the Virgin Mary. Here, the archangel Gabriel told Mary that she would become the mother of the Son of God.
Next stop is Capernaum, the town of Jesus. Capernaum was the center of Jesus’ activities in Galilee. There, he taught in the local synagogue. Capernaum is also the hometown of the apostles, Peter, James, Andrew, John and the tax collector Matthew.
At the Mount of Beatitudes, reflect on Jesus’ message that provides peace in the midst of trials and tribulations encountered in life. Not to be missed is an enjoyable boat ride crossing the Sea of Galilee, where Jesus performed numerous miracles.
While on pilgrimage, pilgrims will have the chance to renew their baptismal vows at the River Jordan and married couples-pilgrims will renew their marriage vows at the Wedding Church at Cana. Journey on to the holy town of Bethlehem, the birthplace of Jesus. Touch the silver star which marks the exact spot where He was born at the Church of Nativity.
Next stop is Jerusalem, a city holy to Jews, Christians and Muslims. This heart of the Holy Land is the place where Jesus died and rose again. Follow the Via Dolorosa (Way of the Cross) to the Church of the Holy Sepulcher and venerate the Tomb of Jesus.
Peruse through the numerous ceramic tablets on the walls of the Church of the Visitation in Ein Karem, the verses bearing the Magnificat in different languages. On the façade of the upper church is a striking mosaic commemorating the Visitation.
Depart from Israel and cross the Allenby Bridge into Jordan. Visit Mount Nebo where Moses was granted a view of the Promised Land by Yahweh. See the Moses Sanctuary, a memorial of Moses on the site of his death and burial place. Last stop is Madaba, a city best known for a collection of Byzantine-era mosaics. The most famous of these is the map on the floor of St. George’s Church.
Reaffirm your faith and experience the Bible come alive. Join a 12-day Pilgrimage to the Holy Land and Jordan with Fr. Luisito Atanacio leaving on September 17, 2019. See how our forefathers and Jesus lived back them and feel how they are still there today!
Amman is the capital and most populous city of Jordan. Today, Amman is considered to be among the most liberal and westernized Arab cities. It is a major tourist destination...Amman
Amman is the capital and most populous city of Jordan.
Today, Amman is considered to be among the most liberal and westernized Arab cities. It is a major tourist destination in the region. New resorts and hotels dot the city and there are many things for the traveller to see and do in and around Amman.
Downtown Amman, the city center area (known in Arabic as Al-Balad), has been dwarfed by the sprawling urban area that surrounds it. Despite the changes, much remains of its old character. Jabal Amman is a well known touristic attraction in old Amman, where the city’s greatest souks, find museums, ancient constructions, monuments, and cultural sites are found. Jabal Amman also contains the famous Rainbow Street and the cultural Souk Jara market.
Literally carved directly into vibrant red, white, pink, and sandstone cliff faces, the prehistoric Jordanian city of Petra was “lost” to the Western world for hundreds of years. Located amid...Petra
Literally carved directly into vibrant red, white, pink, and sandstone cliff faces, the prehistoric Jordanian city of Petra was “lost” to the Western world for hundreds of years.
Located amid rugged desert canyons and mountains in what is now the southwestern corner of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, Petra was once a thriving trading center and the capital of the Nabataean empire between 400 B.C. and A.D. 106.
The city sat empty and in near ruin for centuries. Only in the early 1800s did a European traveler disguise himself in Bedouin costume and infiltrate the mysterious locale.
In 1985, the Petra Archaeological Park was declared a UNESCO World Heritage site, and in 2007 it was named one of the new seven wonders of the world.
Nazareth is the cradle of Christianity. Nazareth, or Natsrat as its name is pronounced in Hebrew, is the city where, according to tradition, the angel Gabriel told Mary that she...Nazareth
Nazareth is the cradle of Christianity.
Nazareth, or Natsrat as its name is pronounced in Hebrew, is 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.
The city of Tiberias is known as the “City of Water.” Built along the shore of the Kinneret (Sea of Galilee), near 17 natural hot springs, the northern Israeli city...Tiberias
The city of Tiberias is known as the “City of Water.”
Built along the shore of the Kinneret (Sea of Galilee), near 17 natural hot springs, the northern Israeli city of Tiberias is known as the “City of Water.” 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 is the site of the Transfiguration of Jesus. Mount Tabor rises 575 meters above sea level on the eastern edge of the Jezreel Valley. Also known as the...Mount Tabor
Mount Tabor is the site of the Transfiguration of Jesus.
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 became Jesus’ home town and the scene of many of his miracles. Capernaum is an ancient fishing village on the north shore of the Sea of Galilee in Israel....Capernaum
Capernaum became Jesus’ home town and the scene of many of his miracles.
Capernaum is an ancient fishing village on the north shore of the Sea of Galilee in Israel. It is also the home of the first disciples, Jesus called – the fisherman Peter, Andrew, James and John, and the tax collector Matthew.
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).
In the Bible, much of the ministry of Jesus occurred on the shores of the Sea of Galilee. The Sea of Galilee lies roughly 650 feet below sea level and...Sea of Galilee
In the Bible, much of the ministry of Jesus occurred on the shores of the Sea of Galilee.
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.
Jesus recruited four of his apostles – Peter, Andrew, John and James – from the shores of the Sea of Galilee. Many of his miracles are also said to have occurred here including his walking on water, calming the storm, the disciples and the miraculous catch of fish, and his feeding 5,000 people in Tabgha. In the gospel of John, the sea provides the setting for Jesus’ third post-resurrection appearance to his disciples.
Cana in Galilee is celebrated as the scene of Jesus’ first miracle. Cana is the traditional site of the wedding feast where Jesus performed his first miracle of turning water...Cana
Cana in Galilee is celebrated as the scene of Jesus’ first miracle.
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.
The Mount of Beatitudes is the setting for Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount. (Matthew 5:1-11). Overlooking the northwestern shore of the Sea of Galilee, the Mount of Beatitudes is one...Mount of Beatitudes
The Mount of Beatitudes is the setting for Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount. (Matthew 5:1-11).
Overlooking the northwestern shore of the Sea of Galilee, the Mount of Beatitudes is one of the most beautifully serene places in the Holy Land. Pilgrims have been drawn to this scenic place since at least the 4th century.
Designed by the architect A. Barluzzi, the Catholic Church on the Mount of Beatitudes is Byzantine in style. Its octagonal shape represents the eight beatitudes. It has a marble veneer casing the lower walls and gold mosaic in the dome.
The chief attraction here, though, is the setting. The cool and quiet gardens overlooking the Sea of Galilee and the landscape where Jesus conducted his ministry make an excellent place to contemplate some of the best-known Christian teachings.
Tabgha is best known for Christ’s miraculous multiplication of loaves and fish to feed a multitude. (Matthew 14:13-21) But it is also remembered for Jesus’ third appearance to his disciples...Tabgha
Tabgha is best known for Christ’s miraculous multiplication of loaves and fish to feed a multitude. (Matthew 14:13-21)
But it is also remembered for Jesus’ third appearance to his disciples after his Resurrection, when he tested and commissioned St. Peter as leader of his Church.
Two churches commemorate these events, and pilgrims find the place a serene location for meditation, prayer and study.
Tabgha is at the foot of the Mount of Beatitudes, about 3km south-west of Capernaum. This was a favorite spot for fishermen from nearby Capernaum, and its beach was familiar to Jesus and his disciples. It is easy to imagine Jesus speaking from a boat in one of the little bays, with crowds sitting around on the shore.
The Jordan River is the scene of Jesus Christ being baptized by John the Baptist. The Jordan River originates approximately 200 meters above sea level on the slopes of Mount...Jordan River
The Jordan River is the scene of Jesus Christ being baptized by John the Baptist.
The Jordan River originates approximately 200 meters above sea level on the slopes of Mount 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). Hence, it is considered to be one of the world’s most sacred rivers.
Bethlehem is the birthplace of Jesus Christ. The city of Bethlehem is located about six miles, southwest of Jerusalem. Meaning “house of bread,” Bethlehem was also the renowned City of...Bethlehem
Bethlehem is the birthplace of Jesus Christ.
The city of Bethlehem is located about six miles, southwest of Jerusalem. 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.
Jesus Christ fulfilled his divine mission in the city of Jerusalem. In Jerusalem’s heart is the Old City, which is surrounded by a wall and divided into four quarters –...Jerusalem
Jesus Christ fulfilled his divine mission in the city of Jerusalem.
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 Karem is the birthplace of John the Baptist. In a peaceful valley between mountains and hills, surrounded by the beauty of natural groves, nestles one of Jerusalem’s most picturesque...Ein Karem
Ein Karem is the birthplace of John the Baptist.
In a peaceful valley between mountains and hills, surrounded by the beauty of natural groves, nestles one of Jerusalem’s most picturesque neighbourhoods – Ein Kerem.
Ein Kerem is a pilgrimage site for many Christian visitors, who come here year after year. According to Christian tradition, this 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.
The Church of the Visitation is reached by steps up from the main road through the village. In the church courtyard, one wall is covered with ceramic tiles bearing the words of the Magnificat in 42 languages.
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.
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...Jericho
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.
On the seventh day, the troops are supposed to circle the city seven more times, then the priests are ordered to blow their horns and the soldiers to shout, and the walls of the city, God tells Joshua, will tumble down. This is precisely what happens according to the Bible (Joshua 6).
Jericho sits between Mt. Nebo in the east, the Central Mountains to the west and the Dead Sea to the south.
Found in Qumran is the Dead Sea Scrolls. Qumran is an archaeological site in the West Bank. It is located on a dry plateau about a mile inland from the...Qumran
Found in Qumran is the Dead Sea Scrolls.
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 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.
The Dead Sea, also known as the Salt Sea, is the lowest point on earth. The Dead Sea in Hebrew as Yam Ha-Melakh (the Sea of Salt) is the lowest...Dead Sea
The Dead Sea, also known as the Salt Sea, is the lowest point on earth.
The Dead Sea in Hebrew as Yam Ha-Melakh (the Sea of Salt) is the lowest point on earth in any land mass (417 meters below sea level, to be exact), surrounded by the stunning landscape of the Negev Desert.
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 was the setting for one of Christ’s post Resurrection appearances. The village of Emmaus was the setting for one of the most touching of Christ’s post- Resurrection appearances. The...Emmaus
Emmaus was the setting for one of Christ’s post Resurrection appearances.
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).
Mount Nebo, according to ancient tradition, this is the mountain from which Moses saw the Promised Land before he died. Rising over 700m above the Jordan Valley, Mount Nebo offers...Mount Nebo
Mount Nebo, according to ancient tradition, this is the mountain from which Moses saw the Promised Land before he died.
Rising over 700m above the Jordan Valley, Mount Nebo offers spectacular views of the Promised Land as seen by Moses. On the platform at the summit is a modern sculpture by an Italian artist representing Moses’ staff and Jesus’ words in John 3: “As Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, so must the Son of Man be lifted up.”
In 1933, a monastery was uncovered on Mount Nebo. It is believed that it was built late in the 4th century to memorialize the place where Moses died. Pope John Paul II visited this site in 2000, during his pilgrimage to the Holy Land and planted an olive tree beside the Byzantine chapel for a symbol of peace.
Today, Mount Nebo is considered one of the most important Christian sites in Jordan.
Madaba is the capital city of Madaba Governorate in central Jordan and is known as “The City of Mosaics”. It is best known for its Byzantine and Umayyad mosaics, especially...Madaba
Madaba is the capital city of Madaba Governorate in central Jordan and is known as “The City of Mosaics”.
It is best known for its Byzantine and Umayyad mosaics, especially a large Byzantine-era mosaic map of the Holy Land. At the Greek Orthodox Church of St. George, visitors may view the earliest surviving original map of the Holy Land which was made around 560 AD. In addition, there are other mosaic floors preserved throughout the town, as well as a fine local museum.
Madaba is located 30 kilometers (19 miles) southwest of the capital Amman.
Dear Pilgrims' Center: My husband Aldo & I would like to praise & commend our Pilgrim Chaplain Fr. Dante Venus & our Tour Leader Bro. Monty for the very successful & memorable pilgrimage to Italy & the Holy Land we were very fortunate to join on March 26-April 8, 2018. It was very hectic to be sure, but still they managed our time very well that we were able to visit more places than was promised in the itinerary, and we are very appreciative of that. Likewise, the solemnity of the whole pilgrimage experience was still observed despite many of us in the group, myself included, often forgetting that we were pilgrims & not tourists 😉😉, taking photos, selfies, etc. instead of, or before focusing on what the local guide was explaining or on the scripture readings. I cannot fault us pilgrims on this because for many of us seniors, and I speak for my husband & I, that trip might be our first & last time to visit those places, so we made sure they were properly documented. Nonetheless, it was a truly spiritually uplifting & life-changing experience for us. We continue to thank our Lord for making that experience of a lifetime possible. Indeed, nothing is impossible for God! Thank you very much to Fr. Dante, Bro. Monty & to each of us pilgrims in the group for the prayers, love, care & concern shown to each other. Let us continue to pray for and with each other. It is my hope that we meet each other again soon, to strengthen our bonds of friendships. Most sincerely, Leclec CabusoraLeclec Cabusora
My husband and I just came back from a wonderful trip to Israel - with Franciscan Fr Reu Galoy. Thank you Pilgrim Center for the arrangements. We are so happy and satisfied with all that you have done for us. Kudos to Yanyan and Monty from Pilgrim Center, and Fr Reu and Ronin for your caring services. It was a spiritual journey and we felt the abiding presence of the Lord all throughout. - Ann Arguelles CortesAnn Arguelles Cortes
Our pilgrimage was worth all the hardships (I was having leg pains). We had an excellent leader in the person of Adrian, two priests Fathers Val and Ron, who gave us very nice pieces of advice and homilies, and of course the members of the group who were all very nice. Looking forward to join another pilgrimage.Emily Bautista
It was the most profound experience I had in my whole life....Walking with the Footsteps where Jesus walked made my life more grateful and humble....My faith become stronger as I express it...A growing faith is a sharing faith....TO GOD BE THE GLORY!!! SHALOM!Carmen Nierra
Vir & I would like to express our gratitude for a wonderful pilgrimage we had from Sept 5-18. From checking-in last Sept 5 & all during the tour, we felt the care from a family. No words can ever describe how thankful we are. I almost cried last Sept 8, (my birthday) when we (2 of us have the same birthday) were given a surprise mini celebration when after our dinner, we were given a cake. I really felt the love of a family then. All these things made possible because of your capable coordinator Ms. Ging Igual. She's such a wonderful leader. Kudos to her. Rest assured that i will refer your company to all my friends who are planning to go on pilgrimage . Good day & may God always guide & protect all of you in the Pilgrims' Center/ Executive Resources, Inc. Cora Franca PilgrimCora and Vir Franca
I am honored to be included in this pilgrimage. The Pilgrims' Center has very good itineraries worth remembering. No hours wasted. They took very good care of us in spite of our big number of 47 people. The daily mass and homilies of Fr. Manny Cruz held in different shrines and churches were very inspirational and transforming. Accommodations were nice most especially the one on top of the Mountain with an awesome view built in 1909. It's like travelling back in time. I definitely would want to do it again with Pilgrim Center.Peter Joseph Mapua
The Pilgrims' Center always gives you the best. They let you feel like an Executive in terms of personal service & attention especially during pilgrimage. Their choices of pilgrimages and pilgrim chaplains are outstanding. You go back home very fulfilled and immersed...Marlene Silvestre
Philipine/U.S. passport holders are required to secure a preapproved Jordan visa permit prior to arrival. Group visa will be applied on or before one (1) month prior to departure.
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