Holy Land (Egypt-Israel-Jordan)

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  • 1. Egypt, Israel, Jordan…
  • 2. Egypt highlights: Nov 22: Saqqara pyramid; Memphis-Ramses II; Imhotep Museum
  • 3. Egypt highlights: Nov 23: Cairo – Alexandria City; St Catherine Church; River Nile St Catherine, largest Catholic Church in Alexandria
  • 4. Egypt highlights: Nov 24: Cairo - Hanging Church of Virgin Mary; St Mark Cathedral; The power of faith can move a mountain…
  • 5. Egypt highlights: Nov 24: Cairo - Giza Pyramids; The Spinx…
  • 6. 1) Matthew: 2:13-15 “The Holy family fled to Egypt”… Nov 24: The Crypt of the holy family under Saint Sargius Church Saint Sargius Church (the oldest church in Egypt) where the Holy Family lived for some 4 months
  • 7. Egypt: Biblical highlights Nov 25: Moses miracle; Firan mountain; Red Sea - Moon Beach rest and Radisson Blue Resort
  • 8. 2) Exodus: 3: 1-22 God Call Moses (St Catherine’s Monastry - site of the burning bush) Nov 26-27: There the angel of the Lord appeared to Moses in flames of fire from within a bush. Moses saw that though the bush was on fire it did not burn up...
  • 9. 3) Exodus: 19; 20; 34 Mt Sinai and Ten Commandments Nov 27: Climbed Mt Sinai at 1.30am. Known as Mt Horeb in the Bible and because God spoke to Moses in these places, this area is sacred to three world religions: Christianity, Islam and Judaism.
  • 10. Judea and Samaria - Jericho - Bethlehem - Ein Karem
  • 11. 5) Luke 2:8-10 “The Shepherds and the Angels” Nov 28: Jericho- Shepherds Field Church (near Bethlehem) where shepherds used to live out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. Site where angel appeared to them. "Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people."
  • 12. Bethlehem: Church of the Nativity, Jesus’s birth place Nov 28: Entered into Bethlehem thru’ a security wall built in 2002 due to conflicts between the Jews and Palestinians According to legend, the low doorway entrance was built this way to prevent pagans from riding their horses into the Church.
  • 13. 6) Luke: 2: 1-52 “Birth of our Lord Jesus”, Nativity Church (This Church is shared by Catholics, Armenians & Greek Orthodox) Strong iconic presence of Mother Mary… .. as one decends in the Grotto a Silver Star marks the birthplace of Jesus born of the Virgin Mary - 1717
  • 14. Bethlehem: Church of St Catherine Adjacent to Nativity Church, is Catholic Chapel of St Catherine where Bethlehem’s annual midnight mass is held and broadcast worldwide The church is said to be built on the site of Christ's appearance to St. Catherine of Alexandria and his prediction of her martyrdom (c.310 AD). She is buried on Mt. Sinai. St. Jerome was believed to have lived here in the 5th century and translated the bible into Latin.
  • 15. 7) Luke: 1: 39-56 “Visitation of our Lady” Nov 29: Ein Karem Church of Visitation, where Virgin Mary visited her cousin Elizabeth, is the summer home of Zacharias. The church is reached by steps up from the Ein karem village. The courtyard wall has tiles bearing the words of the Magnificat in 42 languages
  • 16. 8) Luke: 1: 57-66 “Birth of John the Baptist” Nov 29: Ein Karem -The Church of John the Baptist, (St John Ba Harim) built over home of John the Baptist’s parents - Elizabeth & Zechariah. Star under alter is birth place of John the Baptist
  • 17. Jerusalem and The Dead Sea - Bethany - Mt of Olives - Mt Zion - City of David - Via Dolorosa - Holy Sepulcher - The Dead Sea - Qumran / Masada
  • 18. 9) John: 11: 1-57 “Lazarus”. Nov 29: Bethany – Church of Lazarus (home of Lazarus and his sisters Martha & Mary) and Lazarus Tomb
  • 19. 10) Luke: 19: 1-9 “Jesus & Zaccheaus”. Nov 29: Jericho – The 2,000 year old sycamore tree, where Zaccheaus who was the chief tax collector, climbed up to see Jesus when he was passing through Jericho.
  • 20. 11) Matthew: 4: 1-11 “Mount Temptation”. Nov 29: Jericho – A stony path on the hill, here Jesus fasted 40 days to resist the devil’s offer to him Elisha’s fountain at Ahava shop (dead sea products; dates; tiles)
  • 21. Jerusalum highlights: Holocaust Museum; Gate restaurant Nov 29: Museum of Holocaust Art - between 1939-1942 during WWII, 6 million Jews were killed all over the world. Gate- my favorite restaurant outside Jerusalam walls…
  • 22. Jericho highlights:Masada; Qumran caves Nov 30: Morning mass at Good Shepherd Church; Masada National Park and down to The Dead Sea. 6 jars containing scrolls dated 2000 years old were founded in the Qumran caves by Bedouins; some of the scrolls are now housed in Israel Museum
  • 23. The Dead Sea: Joshua 12:3; Joshua 15:2 Nov 30: Ein Bokek - The Dead Sea is the lowest spot on earth (1,300 ft) below sea level. The water has high concentration of salt (magnesium, sodium, calcium, potassium chlorides and magnesium bromide). As a result of high density, people float easily. Sadly, the Dead Sea (Salt Sea) has been shrinking, declining, and evaporating.
  • 24. 12) Luke 11: 1-4 “Our Father” prayer (Latin: Pater Noster) Dec 1: Dead Sea to Jerusalem, Mt Olives - Church of the Pater Noster was built over a cave, the place where Jesus hid with his disciples and taught the "Our Father" prayer. Multilingual plaques bearing the Lord's Prayer - 62 tiled panels in different languages, from Aramaic to Japanese to Scots Gaelic
  • 25. 13) Luke 19:41-44: Jesus weeps over Jerusalem Dec 1: Mt Olives, Dominus Flevit Church - in the shape of a tear drop to symbolize the Lord's tears. Also location where Jesus was welcomed by Palm when he arrived. "As he approached Jerusalem and saw the city, he wept over it" because "the days will come upon you when your enemies will... dash you to the ground."
  • 26. 14) Luke 22:7-20, Jesus prepares to eat the Passover meal Dec 1: Mt Zion, Jerusalem – The last supper room (Coenaculum), on the 2nd storey room known as “upper room”. Also where Jesus appeared twice to his disciples. The dwelling place of Jesus, his disciples and many others. The upper room is located above the Tomb of David.
  • 27. 15) Matthew: 26: 26-39 Jesus prays in Gethsemane Dec 1: Mt Olives, the Basilica of the Agony (Church of all Nations). After the Last Supper, Jesus led his disciples to the Garden of Gethsemane and asked them to keep watch while he prayed. 8 large olive trees >2000 yrs old and the rock of agony. On this rock, Jesus spent his last hours praying
  • 28. Jerusalem highlights: Western wall, Wailing wall Dec 1: This retaining wall, is the center of Jewish worship. It is the holiest of Jewish sites, sacred because it is the only remnant built by Herod in 20 BC. Known as "Wailing Wall" because for centuries Jews have gathered here to lament the loss of their temple. Petitions are written on a piece of paper and placed in between cracks.
  • 29. Jerusalem: Church of Hagia Maria Zion (The Dormition) Dec 1: Mt Zion, this church is dedicated to the ascension of Mother Mary, with beautiful mosiac floor (in circles) depicting the 12 apostles, 4 evangelists and zodiac signs. Down to the basement leads to a sculpture of sleeping Mary.
  • 30. 16) Luke 22:54-62; Mark 14: 72 “Peter denies Jesus” Dec 1: Mt Zion, the Church of St. Peter in Gallicantu. Gallicantu means the cock’s crow, given after Peters triple denial of Christ. The upper chapel The lower chapel Undergound crypt where Jesus was imprisoned
  • 31. Matthew: 26 to 28, Via Dolorosa – 14 Station of the Cross; Holy Sepulcher… Dec 2: Jerusalem City - “Hail Mary” as we walked the Via Dolorosa route (~500m) starting from Ecce Homo where Pontus Pilate washed his hands. Entered via Herod’s (Flower) Gate into Muslim quarter.
  • 32. Jerusalem city: Via Dolorosa; Flagellation Church; Chapel of Condemnation – 2nd Station of the Cross Dec 2: Flagellation Church, site where Jesus was scourged. Chapel of Condemnation, where Jesus was questioned by Pontus Pilate and given the Cross to bear. Chapel of Flagellation Church Condemnation
  • 33. Jerusalem city: Church of the Holy Sepulcher; Jesus’s Tomb Dec 2: Walking thru’ all the 14 Stations of the cross until we reach the Church of the Holy Sepulcher where Jesus was crucified, died and buried. The last 5 stations are now located inside the Holy Sepulcher. 12th Station 13th Station 14th Station The Stone of Chapel of the Angel - Unction entrance Jesus Tomb
  • 34. Jerusalem city: Church of the Holy Sepulcher Dec 2: The Holy Sepulcher has several praying halls of various denominations. People queue to enter into the cave (tomb of Jesus); Below it is Chapel of St. Helena Chapel of the Finding Cross. Inside the Holy Sepulcher, the main hall has a dome surrounding the entrance to Jesus tomb. Chapel of the Finding Cross
  • 35. Jerusalem city: Sua Aftimos shopping bazaar... Dec 2: Finally some shopping for sandals, bags, etc… Entrance of Sua Aftimos
  • 36. Jerusalem: Mt Olives – Chapel of the Ascension Dec 2: Jesus ascended to heaven from here after 40 days of resurrection and appearing 4 times to his disciples. (This place currently belongs to the Muslims) Footprint of Jesus
  • 37. Jerusalem: Israel Museum – The Shrine of the Book Dec 2: Collection of the Dead Sea Scrolls, the oldest biblical manuscripts in the world. All books were discovered at Qumran.
  • 38. Jerusalem: St Stephen’s Gate; St Anna’s Church Dec 2: Called St Stephen’s gate cos’ he was stoned to death outside this gate. Nearby is St Anna’s Church, birthplace of Virgin Mary. Ruins: site where Jesus healed a person who can’t walk for 38 yrs Sound is amplified inside the Church.
  • 39. The Coastal Plain - Mt Carmel - Haifa - Jaffa - Caesarea
  • 40. The Coastal Plain highlights… Dec 3: Joppa – Haifa – Nazareh; thru’ the plains of Sharon to Caesarea, built by Herod the Great; Coastal highway via Jaffa towards Tel-Aviv; Wishing Bridge; Mt Carmel; St Peter’s Church Overlooking Tel-Aviv and a Wishing Bridge… Jaffa: Beautiful in Hebrew, was the ancient trade route Haifa: Bahai Terrace Garden and connecting Egypt the beautiful harbor city is built with Mesopotamia around Mt Carmel; Monument of and the north. fallen French soldiers
  • 41. 17) King: 18: 1-45 “Mount Carmel” – Elijah’s cave Dec 3: Haifa - Mt Carmel for mass at 3pm , Stella Maris Monastery, a carmelite monastry; Elijah’s Cave Mass at Mt Carmel, then visit carmelite monastry… Inside Stella Maris Monastery, there is a cave below the altar which is “Elijah’s Cave” where the prophet is believed to have lived
  • 42. 17) King: 18: 1-45 “Mount Carmel”- footsteps of St Peter... Dec 3: Jaffa - St Peter’s Catholic Church; Mediterranean sea coast St Peter’s Catholic Church Coast of Mediterranean and a view of Tel-Aviv
  • 43. 18) Acts 10: 44 St Peter “The Gentiles receive the Holy Spirit” Dec 3: Caesarea, was the capital of Roman province of Judea and governor’s residence including Pontus Pilate. Constructed by Herod with moat, battlements, cisterns and dwellings Remains of a Roman theater, Aqueduct, Palace, Amphitheater (where St Paul made his last speech before going to Rome and was killed).
  • 44. 19) Luke: 9: 29-28-36 “Transfiguration” Dec 4: Mt Tabor - Basilica of the Transfiguration, site where Moses and Elijah appeared to tell Jesus what had to take place in Jerusalem. Mt Tabor, a short ride in a small van to the church. Site where Jesus was transfigured. Peter, James and John saw the two standing with Jesus and his face did shine as the sun”, his clothing dazzling white. Then came these words “This is my Son, my Chosen one, listen to him. Matthew 17:2.
  • 45. 20) Matthew: 4: 12-17 “Jesus begins his work in Galilee” 21) Matthew: 4: 23-25 “Jesus teaches, preaches, heals… Dec 4: Sea/Lake of Galilee – where people gathered to listen to Jesus A boat ride on the sea of Galilee. It’s so calm and peaceful…
  • 46. 22) Matthew: 14: 13-21 “Jesus Feeds Five Thousand” (Mark: 6:30-44) Dec 4: Tabgha – Church of Multiplication of Loaves and Fishes St Peter’s fish Rock upon which Jesus laid the bread and fish before he fed the 5,000
  • 47. 23) John: 21: 15-18 “Jesus to Peter, do you love me?” Dec 4: Tabgha, Sea of Galilee, nearby is Church of St Peter’s Primacy Site where Jesus appeared 3rd time after resurrection; Statue of Jesus and showed Peter and others St Peter who had not caught any fish. The large Rock, is the “table” where they ate breakfast Jesus had prepared. He reinstated Peter by asking him 3 times if he love him.
  • 48. 24) Matthew: 4: 18-22 “Jesus calls four Fishermen” Dec 4: Sea of Galilee – Capernaum, town where Jesus made his home after Nazareth. Also site where Jesus met his first disciples – Peter, Andrew, James, John and Matthew (who were fishermen) Jesus preached and performed many miracles here and in the surrounding area. St Peter’s statue with inscriptions: Thou art Peter and upon this rock I will build my church
  • 49. 25) Luke: 1: 5-25 “Annunciation” Dec 4: Nazareth – where Jesus spent his childhood and lived for 28 yrs. The Church of Annunciation was built over the site where the Angel Gabriel appeared to Mary to announce the birth of Jesus. Baptismal basin in the crypt of St Joseph Church Opposite is the Church of St Joseph, built over the cave which served as Joseph’s carpentry workshop.
  • 50. 26) St. John: 2:1-11 “The Wedding in Cana” Dec 5: Cana, near Nazareth where Jesus performed his first miracle to change water to wine
  • 51. 27) Matthew: 5: 1-12 “Mount of Beatitudes” Dec 5: Mt of Beatitudes, where Jesus preached Sermon on the Mount is located between Tabgha and Capernaum With a magnificent view of the Sea of Galilee and the sites which were frequented by Jesus during his Galilean ministry.
  • 52. 28) Matthew: 16: 13-20 “ Caesarea Philippi - Peter’s declaration about Jesus” Dec 5: Caesarea Philippi – one of the sources of the Jordan river which Jesus visited shortly before crucifixion. Here Jesus asked his disciples “And who do you say that I am”? Simon (Peter) replied “ You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God” and Jesus said, “You are Peter (or Rock) and on this rock I will build my church…”
  • 53. Jordan - Jordan - Mt Moab/ Mt Nebo - Amman - Petra In biblical times, Jordan was home to the Cannanites, Ammonites and Edomites.
  • 54. 29) Matthew: 3: 13-17 “The Baptism of our Lord”. Dec 6: Jordan River – Baptism site Bethany-beyond-the-Jordan where John the Baptist lived and Jesus was baptized. Entrance to Jordan River, site where Jesus was baptized St. John the Baptist, Church, Jordan River Israel flag across the river, right side of the palms.
  • 55. 30) Deuteronomy 34:1-6 “The Death of Moses” 31) Numbers 21:4-9 “The snake made of bronze” Dec 6 : Madaba & Jordan - Mt Nebo, opposite the northern end of the Dead Sea. Moses climbed from Moab to the top of Mt Nebo, from Jericho Bronze snake on a pole. Anyone who was bitten, look at it and will be healed... Moses saw the promised land from here before he died. Moses saw the promised land from here Madaba, "City of the Mosaics". before he died. Madaba Map, a 6th-century mosaic map depicting Jerusalem.
  • 56. Jordan highlight – City of Petra Dec 8: Petra - a wonder of the world with rose colored monuments carved out of rock. The Nabateans lived here and was taken over by the Romans in 106 A.D. Petra (means rock), the Ismail tribes lived here for a few hundred years Ancient remains of a natural gorge…
  • 57. ~ End ~