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The Holy Land 2012

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BC: I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End. I will give water from the well of life free to anybody who is thirsty. Revelations 21: 6

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1: Terra Sancta Pilgrimages June 10-25, 2012

2: The Dead Sea is the lowest point on Earth. | The Dead Sea is the second saltiest body of water in the world. | The Dead Sea

5: the Jordan River | I baptize you in water for repentance, but the one coming after me is more powerful than I. I am not fit to carry his sandals. Matthew 3:11 | And suddenly there was a voice from Heaven. "This is my Son, the Beloved. My favor rests on him." Matthew 3:17

6: PHANG NGA BAY, PHUKET | November 7

7: Ancient mosaic map of the Holy Land in Madaba, Jordan

8: Good Shepherd Parish| Jericho

9: We spent the day with elephants!

10: Mt. Nebo | Then leaving the plains of Moab, Moses went up Mount Nebo, the peak of Pisgah, opposite Jericho, and Yahweh showed him the whole country. Deuteronomy 34:1 | "Yahweh said to him "This is the country which I promised on oath to give to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, saying I have given it to your descendants. You shall not enter into it." Deuteronomy 34:4

11: Jericho | When Jesus reached the spot, he looked up and spoke to him. "Zacchaeus, come down. Hurry, because I am to stay at your house today." Luke 19:3-5 | He kept trying to see which Jesus was, but he was too short and could not see him for the crowd; So he ran ahead and climbed a sycamore tree to catch a glimpse of Jesus who was to pass that way.

12: Then Jesus was led by the Spirit out into the desert to be put to the test by the devil. Matthew 1: 4

13: Mount of Temptations

14: Basilica of the Nativity Bethlehem | And you, Bethlehem, in the land of Judah, you are by no means the least among the leaders of Judah, for from you will come a leader who will shepherd my people Israel. Matthew 2: 6 | And she gave birth to a son, her first born. And she wrapped him in swaddling clothes and laid him in a manger because there was no room for them in the living space. Luke 2: 7

16: Beit Sahour the Shepherd's Fields | In the countryside close by, there were shepherds out in the fields keeping guard over their sheep during the watches of the night. An Angel of the Lord stood over them and the glory of the Lord shone around them. | The angel said "do not be afraid. Look I bring you news of great joy. Today, in the town of David, the saviour of the world has been born to you. He is Christ, the Lord." Luke 2: 9-11

17: The Milk Grotto Bethlehem | Tradition says Mary nursed Jesus here for the first 40 days of his life. | It is said that a drop of her milk splashed on the walls and turned them white. Pilgrims today buy the milk powder and believe it to be a cure for infertility and disease.


19: Student Ambassadors of Bethlehem University

20: Separation Wall Bethlehem

21: Shepherd's Tent Restaurant Bethlehem

23: A voice of one that cries in the desert: Prepare a way for the Lord, make his paths straight. Mark 1:3 | The Judean Desert

24: Ein Kerem | Mary set out at that time and went as quickly as she could into the hill country to a town in Judah. She went into Zechariah's house and greeted Elizabeth. | Now it happened that at soon as Elizabeth heard Mary's greeting, the child leapt in her womb and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit. | Ein Kerem

25: Church of the Visitation | She gave a loud cry and said, 'Of all women you are the most blessed, and blessed is the fruit of your womb. | Yes, blessed is she who believed that the promise made her by the Lord would be fulfilled. Luke 1:43-45

26: The Tomb of Lazarus

27: Bethany | He said in a loud voice "Lazarus, come out!" The dead man came out, feet and bands bound with strips of material, a cloth over his face. Jesus said to them "unbind him. Let him go free." John 11:43-44

28: Jerusalem

29: The Golden Gate

30: Birthplace of Our Lady Jerusalem

31: There is a pool in Jerusalem that has five porticos. One man there had an illness that lasted thirty-eight years. when Jesus saw him lying there, he asked him "do you want to be well?" "Sir," replied the sick man, "I have no one to put me in the pool." Jesus said "get up, pick up your sleeping mat, and walk around. " The man was cured at once. John 5:2-9 | The Pools of Bethesda

32: As he said this he was lifted up while they looked on, and a cloud took him from their sight. They were still staring into the sky as he went, when suddenly two men in white were standing beside them, and they said, 'Why are you Galileans standing here looking into the sky? | This Jesus who has been taken up from you into heaven will come back in the same way as you have seen him go to heaven So from the Mount of Olives, as it is called, they went back to Jerusalem, a short distance away, no more than a Sabbath walk. Acts 1:9-12

33: Church of the Pater Noster | But when you pray, go to your private room, shut yourself in, and so pray to your Father who is in that secret place, and your Father who sees all that is done in secret will reward you. | So you should pray like this: Our Father in heaven... Matthew 6:6-9

35: Traditional Palm Sunday Route and Jewish Cemetery

37: Garden of Gethsemane and Church of All Nations | And going on a little further he fell on his face and prayed. 'My Father,' he said, 'if it is possible, let this cup pass me by. Nevertheless, let it be as you, not I, would have it.' Matthew 26: 39

38: Via Dolorosa

40: Holy Sepulcher

41: And suddenly, the veil of the Sanctuary was torn in two from top to bottom, the earth quaked, the rocks were split, Matthew 27: 51

42: Calvary Jesus cried out in a loud voice saying, 'Father, into your hands I commend my spirit.' With these words he breathed his last. Luke 23:46

43: The Tomb | He is not here; he has risen. Luke 24:6

45: I am the resurrection and life. Anyone who believes in me, even though that person dies, will live, and whoever lives and believes in me will never die. John 11:25-26

46: The Western Wall

47: " | The Temple Mount | All day long he would be in the Temple teaching, but would spend the night in the open on the hill called the Mount of Olives. Luke 21:37

48: Caiaphas' House They then led Jesus from the house of Caiaphas to the Praetorium. It was now morning. They did not go into the Praetorium themselves to avoid becoming defiled and unable to eat the Passover. John 18: 28 Ancient Roman Road to Jerusalem

49: The soldiers led him away to the inner part of the palace, that is, the Praetorium, and called the whole cohort together. They dressed him up in purple, twisted some thorns into a crown and put it on him. And they began saluting him, 'Hail, king of the Jews!' They struck his head with a reed and spat on him; and they went down on their knees to do him homage. And when they had finished making fun of him, they took off the purple and dressed him in his own clothes. They led him out to crucify him. Mark 15: 16-20 | The Praetorium

50: Jerusalem | "I rejoiced when I heard them say, 'Let us go to the house of the Lord.' And now our feet are set within your gates, O Jerusalem." Ps. 122: 1-2 | Pray for the peace of Jerusalem, prosperity for your homes! Peace within your walls, prosperity in your palaces! For love of my brothers and my friends I will say, 'Peace upon you!' Ps. 122: 7-9

52: When Pentecost day came round, they had all met together, when suddenly there came from heaven a sound as of a violent wind which filled the entire house in which they were sitting; and there appeared to them tongues as of fire; these separated and came to rest on the head of each of them. They were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak different languages as the Spirit gave them power to express themselves. Acts 2:1-4 | The Upper Room

54: Nazareth Church of the Annunciation | The angel said to her, 'Mary, do not be afraid; you have won God's favour. Look! You are to conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you must name him Jesus. | Mary said, 'You see before you the Lord's servant, let it happen to me as you have said.' And the angel left her. Luke 1: 30-31, 38

55: Mount of the Beatitudes | Seeing the crowds, he went onto the mountain. And when he was seated his disciples came to him. Then he began to speak. This is what he taught them: | Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are the meek: for they shall possess the land. Blessed are they who mourn: for they shall be comforted. | Blessed are they that hunger and thirst after justice: for they shall have their fill. Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy.

57: Rejoice and be glad, for your reward will be great in Heaven. Matthew 5: 1-12 | Blessed are the clean of heart: for they shall see God. Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God. Blessed are they that suffer persecution for justice' sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

58: And he said to them, 'Come after me and I will make you fishers of people.' Matthew 4: 18-19 | As he was walking by the Lake of Galilee he saw two brothers, Simon, who was called Peter, and his brother Andrew; they were making a cast into the lake with their net, for they were fishermen.

59: Capernaum | and leaving Nazareth he went and settled in Capernaum, beside the lake, on the borders of Zebulun and Naphtali. This was to fulfil what was spoken by the prophet Isaiah: | Land of Zebulun! Land of Naphtali! Way of the sea beyond Jordan. Galilee of the nations! The people that lived in darkness have seen a great light; on those who lived in a country of shadow dark as death a light has dawned. Matthew 4: 13-16

60: Sea of Galilee | Suddenly a storm broke over the lake, so violent that the boat was being swamped by the waves. But he was asleep. they went to him and woke him saying, 'Save us, Lord, we are lost!' | And he said to them, 'Why are you so frightened, you who have so little faith?' And then he stood up and rebuked the winds and the sea; and there was a great calm. They were astounded and said, 'Whatever kind of man is this, that even the winds and the sea obey him?' Matthew 8: 24-27

61: Jesus Boat | 'Lord,' he said, 'if it is you, tell me to come to you across the water.' Matthew 14: 28

62: Church of the Loaves and Fishes Tabgha

64: On the third day there was a wedding at Cana in Galilee. The mother of Jesus was there, and Jesus and his disciples had also been invited. And they ran out of wine, since the wine provided for the feast had all been used, and the mother of Jesus said to him, 'They have no wine.' Jesus said, 'Woman, what do you want from me? My hour has not come yet.' His mother said to the servants, 'Do whatever he tells you.'

65: There were six stone water jars standing there, meant for the ablutions that are customary among the Jews: each could hold twenty or thirty gallons. Jesus said to the servants, 'Fill the jars with water,' and they filled them to the brim. Then he said to them, 'Draw some out now and take it to the president of the feast.' They did this; the president tasted the water, and it had turned into wine. Having no idea where it came from -- though the servants who had drawn the water knew -- the president of the feast called the bridegroom and said, 'Everyone serves good wine first and the worse wine when the guests are well wined; but you have kept the best wine till now.' This was the first of Jesus' signs: it was at Cana in Galilee. He revealed his glory, and his disciples believed in him. John 2: 3-11

66: Mount Tabor Church of the Transfiguration

67: " | The Golan Heights

68: When Jesus came to the region of Caesarea Philippi he put this question to his disciples, 'Who do people say the Son of man is?' And they said, 'Some say John the Baptist, some Elijah, and others Jeremiah or one of the prophets.' 'But you,' he said, 'who do you say I am?' Then Simon Peter spoke up and said, 'You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.' | Jesus replied, 'Simon son of Jonah, you are a blessed man! Because it was no human agency that revealed this to you but my Father in heaven. So I now say to you: You are Peter and on this rock I will build my church. And the gates of the underworld can never overpower it. I will give you the keys of the kingdom of Heaven: whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven; whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.' Matthew 16: 13-19

70: Haifa | Baha'i Gardens | Stella Maris Church

71: Tel Aviv

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