Proposed Itinerary

Diocese of Maryland

Led by Bishop Eugene Sutton
Local Guides Canon
Iyad Qumri and Rami Qumri 

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13-Day Pilgrimage

April 18-30,2022

 

Updated on September 5, 2021

 

April 19-22                Sisters of Nazareth

April 22-30                Saint George’s Guest House

 

MONDAY, APRIL 18, DAY 1: DEPART U.S.A

On our way to the Holy Land

 

TUESDAY, APRIL 19, DAY 2: ARRIVE BEN GURION AIRPORT / TRANSFER TO NAZARETH

Arrival to Tel Aviv you will be met by our guide, Canon Iyad Qumri, transfer to our accommodation in Nazareth. Introductions

Dinner and Overnight at the Sisters of Nazareth

Tel: 972-4-6554304

Fax: 972-4-6460741

 

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 20, DAY 3: NAZARETH / SEPPHORIS   

We will visit Mary’s Well, the site of the only spring-fed fountain in the city, and most likely the place where Mary would have gone to draw water. We then visit the Greek Orthodox Church of the Annunciation where we will have an opportunity to have an introduction to the Icon, we then follow on foot the path to the Latin Church of the Annunciation, the traditional site of the Angel Gabriel’s appearance to Mary, telling her she would conceive Jesus, the Emmanuel. Lunch. Depart to Zippori, Sepphoris, where we explore the excavations of the Roman/Byzantine city.

Dinner and Overnight at the Sisters of Nazareth

 

THURSDAY, APRIL 21, DAY 4: SEA OF GALILEE / JORDAN RIVER / CAPERNAUM & BEATITUDES

Today we depart for the Sea of Galilee-Lake Kinnereth. Stop at the Jordan River for the renewal of Baptismal vows. We then visit Capernaum where we see the Ancient Synagogue and St. Peter’s House.  We continue to the Mount of Beatitudes. Lunch followed by a visit to Tabgha (Heptapegon), The Loaves and Fishes Church and the Chapel of St. Peter’s Primacy. Boat ride on the Sea of Galilee.

Dinner and overnight at Sisters of Nazareth

A treat you will not want to miss!!!! 

 

FRIDAY, APRIL 22, DAY 5: BURQIN / NABLUS / TAYBEH

Depart for Burqin. Jesus had passed through Burqin on his way to Jerusalem from Nazareth, and as he was passing by the village he heard cries for help from ten lepers who were isolated in quarantine in a cave, Nablus to visit (St. Photini the Greek Orthodox Monastery), St. Photini lived in first century Palestine, she was the Samaritan woman who Christ visited at the well asking her for water, the church built over Jacob’s well where will tour the church and drink from the Well. Visit St. Luke’s Hospital. Lunch in Taybeh, visit Taybeh, the only 100% Christian town, in the fourth century the Emperor Constantine and his mother St. Helen built the church of St. George in the village, the ruins of the Church are still found on a hill in the town.

Guest Speaker: Contemporary Issues – A Palestinian Perspective

Dinner and overnight at Saint George’s Guest House

Tel: 972-2-6283302

 

SATURDAY, APRIL 23, DAY 6: HORIZONS OF JERUSALEM / HERODIUM

Walk down to Damascus Gate to get the feel for the distance and our surrounding, afternoon Mt. Scopus, view the Judean desert, Mt. of Olives, City of David, Lunch, Then we will look at the many different Jerusalem, visit Herodium some 12 km. south of Jerusalem, on a hill shaped like a truncated cone that rises 758 m. above sea level, stood Herodium, the palace-fortress built by King Herod. It had a breathtaking view, overlooking the Judean Desert and the mountains of Moab to the east, and the Judean Hills to the west.

Dinner and overnight at Saint George’s Guest House

Guest Speaker: Lecture on Islam

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SUNDAY, APRIL 24, DAY 7: WESTERN WALL / DOME OF THE ROCK / WORSHIP AT SAINT GEORGE’S CATHEDRAL / ISRAEL MUSEUM                                                                                                                       

We depart for the Western Wall near Elharam Esh Sharif (The Dome of The Rock and the Al-Aqsa Mosque). St. Anne’s Church and the pools of Bethesda. Sunday Eucharist at St. George’s Cathedral; the liturgy will be celebrated in English and Arabic. Lunch, Israel Museum and the   Shrine of the Book, where the Dead Sea Scrolls are housed. We will also visit a scale model of the Old City of Jerusalem, describing the city as it would have been during Jesus’ time.

Dinner and overnight at Saint George’s Guest House

 

MONDAY, APRIL 25, DAY 8: SHEPHERD’S FIELD / BETHLEHEM  

We depart Jerusalem for Bethlehem and the Shepherds’ Field, visit a 1st century cave dwelling. Lunch is in Beit Sahour (Shepherds’ Field), ‘And in that region there were shepherds out in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night’, Lunch, Church of the Nativity located in Manger Square. It is the Oldest Church in Christendom, constructed by Constantine in AD 326 and the traditional site of the Nativity.

Dinner and overnight at Saint George’s Guest House

Guest Speaker: Contemporary Issues- An Israeli Perspective

 

TUESDAY, APRIL 26, DAY 9: OLD CITY / CHURCH OF THE RESURRECTION

Group Photo. Briefing for the Holy Sepulcher. We then walk the Cardo to the

Constantinian Entrance of the Holy Sepulcher. Lunch, continue our visit to the Holy

Sepulcher.

Dinner and overnight at Saint George’s Guest House

 

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 27, DAY 10: PRINCES BASMA / YAD VASHEM

Visit Princess Bassma Center for Disabled Children on the Mount of Olives, the Center is home to the victims of many paralyses, strokes, debilitating injuries and other physical and Emotional needs, currently numbering 450 Students. Lunch. Visit Yad Vashem site of the Holocaust Memorial.

Dinner and overnight at Saint George’s Guest House

 

THURSDAY, APRIL 28, DAY 11: JERICHO / DEAD SEA / YAD VASHEM

Wadi Qelt early morning to watch the sunrise also get the feel for the desert, depart for Jericho to hike up Mt. of Temptation and view Tell Jericho. Dead Sea, where you will have the option to swim – or really, float (Rocky Beach). Lunch at the Qumris. Visit Yad Vashem site of the Holocaust Memorial. Dinner and overnight at Saint George’s Guest House

 

FRIDAY, APRIL 29, DAY 12: WAY OF THE CROSS & EMMAUS

Early this morning we walk and pray the Way of the Cross. Later we depart for Emmaus Nicopolis. We celebrate the Eucharist at the ruins of the Byzantine Church.

Afternoon at leisure.

Transfer to the Tel Aviv airport for our return flight to the USA

 

SATURDAY, APRIL 30, DAY 13: DEPARTURE TO USA

Early breakfast, transfer to Tel Aviv airport for our return flight that departs at 8:00 AM

For More Information

please contact our coordinators:

Sally Goss and Thomas Goss                                                      Members at St. John’s Episcopal Church,

sallykgoss@gmail.com                                                                 Ellicott City, MD

410-925-6152                  

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