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Saint Mark's Episcopal Church
New Canaan, CT

Led by 
Rev. Peter Walsh

Local Guides
Canon Iyad Qumri and Rami Qumri 

Proposed Itinerary

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12-Day Pilgrimage

September 7-18, 2023

 

Sep 8-12                               Saint George’s Guest House

Sep 12-15                             Sisters of Nazareth

Sep 15-18                             Saint George’s Guest House

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 7, DAY 1: DEPART U.S.A

On our way to the Holy Land

 

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 8, DAY 2: ARRIVE BEN GURION AIRPORT / TRANSFER TO JERUSALEM

Arrival to Tel Aviv you will be met by your guide, transfer to our accommodation in Jerusalem.

Dinner and overnight at Saint George’s Guest House

Saint George’s Guest House

Tel: ++972-2-6283302

 

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 9, DAY 3: HORIZONS OF JERUSALEM / HERODIUM

Introductions. Walk down to Damascus Gate to get the feel for the distance and our surrounding. MT. Scopus, view the Judean desert, Mt. of Olives, view the city of David. Lunch. Depart for  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

 

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 10, DAY 4: WESTERN WALL / DOME OF THE ROCK / ISRAEL MUSEUM / CHURCH OF THE HOLY SEPULCHER                                                                                                                                   

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. Lunch. Israel Museum and the Shrine of the Book, where the Dead Sea Scrolls are housed, will also visit a scale model of the City of Jerusalem, describing the city more as it would have been during Jesus time. We then walk the Cardo to the Constantinian Entrance of the Holy Sepulcher.

Dinner and overnight at Saint George’s Guest House

 

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 11, Day 5: 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’ 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

 

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 12, DAY 6: JERICHO / NAZARETH  

Wadi Qelt early morning to get the feel for the desert, depart for Jericho to hike up Mt. of Temptation and view Tell Jericho, 20-minute meditation on Mt of Temptation Lunch, in Nazareth. In Nazareth 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.

Dinner and Overnight at the Sisters of Nazareth

Tel: 972-4-6554304

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WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 13, DAY 7: JORDAN RIVER / CAPERNAUM / BEATITUDES / TABGHA

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

Dinner and Overnight at the Sisters of Nazareth

 

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 14, DAY 8: CEASAREA MARATIMA / / MT. TABOR / SEPPHORIS

Today we depart for Caesarea Maratima, a seaport on the Mediterranean Sea, this was built by Herod the Great as his summer palace. Lunch., visit Mt. Tabor and the Basilica of the Transfiguration ‘And he was transfigured before them and his garments became glistering.Lunch. Sepphoris, where we explore the excavations of the Roman / Byzantine city, the capital of Galilee at the time of Jesus.

Dinner and Overnight at the Sisters of Nazareth

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

 

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 15, DAY 9:  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, 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. We will also visit the brewery.

Guest Speaker: Lecture on Islam

 

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 16, DAY 10: BETH-PHAGE / DOMINUS FLEVIT / GETHSEMANE / DEAD SEA

Walk the Palm Sunday Procession. We will stop at Pater Noster and Dominus Flevit, where Jesus wept over the city. It is known as Dominus Flevit [ Latin for “The Lord wept”]. Afterward, we will walk to the Garden of Gethsemane and the Church of All Nations, Lunch, Dead Sea, where you will have the option to swim – or really, float (Rocky Beach).

Dinner and overnight at Saint George’s Guest House

 

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 17, DAY 11: FREE DAY

A free day to shop, revisit favorite sites in Jerusalem or to visit Masada, Qumran, City of David, Mt. Tabor. You may also wish to visit Yad Vashem site of the Holocaust Memorial, David’s Citadel and David’s Tower.

Dinner and overnight at Saint George’s Guest House

 

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 18, DAY 12: WAY OF THE CROSS 

Early this morning we walk and pray the Way of the Cross.

Transfer to Ben Gurion Airport for our return flight

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For More Information

please contact our coordinator:

 

 

Beth Ralston

 

bralston@stmarksnewcanaan.org

 

203.966.4515 Ext. 128

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