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Easter 2018

Holy Land in the footsteps of Christ with Trent Horn

March 23 – April 3, 2018

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After his conversion to the Catholic Faith, Trent Horn earned a master’s degree in theology from Franciscan University of Steubenville and is currently pursuing a graduate degree in philosophy from Holy Apostles College.

He serves as a staff apologist for Catholic Answers and specializes in teaching Catholics to graciously and persuasively engage those who disagree with them. Trent models that approach each week on the radio program Catholic Answers Live where he dialogues with atheists, pro-choice advocates, and other non-Catholic callers.

Trent is also a lecturer who travels throughout the world speaking on subjects related to the Catholic faith. In addition to being a public speaker, Trent is the author of three books: Answering Atheism, Persuasive Pro-life, and his latest book Hard Sayings: A Catholic Approach to Answering Bible Difficulties.

John 4:14 “whoever drinks of the water that I shall give him will never thirst; the water that I shall give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.”

Join Trent Horn- acclaimed Catholic apologist,

Friday, March 23 | Day 1| USA – Tel Aviv, Israel               

Depart the USA for Tel Aviv. Dinner and breakfast will be served during your transatlantic flight.

Saturday, March 24 | Day 2| Tel Aviv

We arrive in Tel Aviv where our guide will meet you at the airport and you will transfer to your hotel in Tel Aviv. We are staying in the capital city of Tel Aviv this evening after our long journey. Enjoy a group dinner together and retire to our rooms to rest. (D)

Sunday, March 25 | Day 3 | Tel Aviv – Caesarea – Stella Maris – Haifa – Cana – Nazareth  | Palm Sunday

We start our day traveling north to the region of Galilee. We will drive the Mediterranean coast stopping in Caesarea where we will see ancient Roman ruins. Caesarea is the former capital of Judea and also the place where it was revealed to Peter that the teachings of Christ were made for all peoples, not only the Jewish people.  We leave this important site for another, Haifa. In Haifa we visit the Stella Maris Carmelite Monastery on the slopes of Mt. Carmel. This stunning monastery is located above the cave where the prophet Elijah lived. We journey on to Cana and visit the “Wedding Church” where Jesus performed His first miracle by turning water into wine.

“On the third day there was a wedding at Cana in Galilee, and the mother of Jesus was there. Jesus also was invited to the wedding with his disciples. When the wine ran out, the mother of Jesus said to him, “They have no wine.” And Jesus said to her, “Woman, what does this have to do with me? My hour has not yet come.” His mother said to the servants, “Do whatever he tells you.” (John 2: 1-5)

We have the unique and incredible experience of renewing our wedding vows here. Later this afternoon we arrive in Nazareth at the Basilica of the Annunciation, Mary’s Well, and the Chapel of St. Joseph. It is here we remember the mystery of the Angel Gabriel telling Mary she was to conceive a son through the Holy Spirit and she gave her magnificent “FIAT” (Luke 1:26-38).

We will celebrate Mass at the Basilica of the Annunciation. This evening we enjoy dinner together and rest after a full day in Galilee. Overnight in Nazareth. (B, D)

Monday, March 26 | Day 4 | Nazareth – Mt. Tabor – Tiberius – Sea of Galilee – Capernaum – Mount of Beatitudes – Tabgha – Jericho

After a filling breakfast, ascend to the top of Mt. Tabor, the Mount of Transfiguration. Here, Jesus prayed with Peter, James and John and the prophets Moses and Elijah appeared (Luke 9:28-36). We will celebrate Mass high atop this mountain together. After a morning on the Mount, we drive to Tiberius where we enjoy a special treat-the famous St. Peter’s Fish. Then we board a boat and sail across the Sea of Galilee to Capernaum. The Sea of Galilee brings back the incredible story of doubt and trust that took place between St. Peter and Jesus.

“But Jesus immediately said to them: “Take courage! It is I. Do not be afraid.” “Lord, if it’s you,” Peter replied, “tell me to come to you on the water.” “Come,” he said. Then Peter got down out of the boat, walked on the water and came toward Jesus. But when he saw the wind, he was afraid and, beginning to sink, cried out, “Lord, save me!” Immediately Jesus reached out his hand and caught him. “You of little faith,” he said, “why did you doubt?” And when they climbed into the boat, the wind died down. Then those who were in the boat worshiped him, saying, “Truly you are the Son of God.” (Matthew 14:27-33).

We arrive in Capernaum, the home town of Jesus. Jesus performed many different miracles here including the healing of the paralytic (Mark 2: 1-12) and the healing of Simon Peter’s mother-in-law (Matthew 8: 14-15). We spend time reflecting on these mysteries before heading to the beautiful Mount of Beatitudes. We will visit the site where Jesus gave his Sermon on the Mount (Luke 6: 20-49). Nearby we go to Tabgha – to view the mosaics in the Church of the Loaves and Fishes and learn about Christ taking five loaves and two fish to feed a crowd of thousands (John 6: 1-14).  This evening we check-in at an oasis-like resort in Jericho. Don’t forget your bathing suit as you may want to relax in the pool after a long day! (B, D)

Tuesday, March 27 | Day 5 | Jericho – Jordan River – Mount of Temptation – Dead Sea – Jericho

This morning we beat the crowds by getting to the Jordan River early. We call to mind the scripture of Matthew 3: 13-17

“Then Jesus came from Galilee to John at the Jordan to be baptized by him. John tried to prevent him, saying, “I need to be baptized by you, and yet you are coming to me?” Jesus said to him in reply, “Allow it now, for thus it is fitting for us to fulfill all righteousness.” Then he allowed him. After Jesus was baptized, he came up from the water and behold, the heavens were opened [for him], and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove [and] coming upon him. And a voice came from the heavens, saying, “This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased.”

On the banks of the Jordan we will celebrate Mass and renew our baptismal vows. This is a memory that will stay with you forever. We then drive past the excavations of the oldest city in history, Jericho, at the base of the Mount of Temptation. We will climb the Mount of Temptation and learn about the devil tempting Jesus during his 40 day fast (Matthew 4: 1-11). This afternoon we continue to the Dead Sea, the lowest spot on earth and spend the afternoon relaxing and floating atop these super saline waters. This evening we head back to Jericho and enjoy dinner together. (B, D)

Wednesday, March 28 | Day 6 | Jericho – Bethlehem – Ein Karem – Jerusalem                

We say goodbye to Jericho and travel to the birthplace of Jesus, Bethlehem. Bethlehem holds a special place in our Christian hearts as it is where the patient Joseph and pregnant Virgin Mary travelled to bring our Lord in to this world. We will begin our day spending time in the Basilica of the Nativity (Matthew 1: 18-25).  Here we pray at the manger of our Infant Lord. Later we visit the Shepherd’s Field where the Gospel of Luke tells us an angel announced the birth of Christ. What an incredible place to be, that same place where 2,000 years ago, Our Lord’s birth was announced!  After lunch, we continue to Ein Karem and the Valley of the Visitation. This is where Mary made the journey to visit her cousin Elizabeth, whose long awaited infant, John, leapt for joy in her womb in the presence of Mary (Luke 1: 39-45).

“At that time Mary got ready and hurried to a town in the hill country of Judea, where she entered Zechariah’s home and greeted Elizabeth. When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the baby leaped in her womb, and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit. In a loud voice she exclaimed: “Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the child you will bear! But why am I so favored, that the mother of my Lord should come to me? As soon as the sound of your greeting reached my ears, the baby in my womb leaped for joy. Blessed is she who has believed that the Lord would fulfill his promises to her!” (Luke 1: 39- 45)

We spend time at the Church of the Visitation and the Church of the Nativity of John the Baptist. Tonight enjoy another traditional Middle Eastern meal together in Jerusalem and rest before the start of the Easter Triduum. Overnight in Jerusalem. (B, D)

Thursday, March 29 |Day 7| Holy Thursday

We begin the Easter Triduum in Jerusalem; in the actual places these events took place 2,000 years ago. Our day starts with Mass in the Basilica of the Holy Sepulcher where the traditional washing of the feet takes place. In the afternoon we will make a pilgrimage from the Monastery of St. Saviour to the Cenacle. This Cenacle is the Upper Room where the Last Supper occurred and the Eucharist was instituted by Christ.

“While they were eating, Jesus took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and gave it to his disciples, saying, “Take and eat; this is my body.” Then he took a cup, and when he had given thanks, he gave it to them, saying, “Drink from it, all of you. This is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins. I tell you, I will not drink from this fruit of the vine from now on until that day when I drink it new with you in my Father’s kingdom.” When they had sung a hymn, they went out to the Mount of Olives”. (Matthew 26: 26-30)

The Franciscans who reside in Jerusalem will be our Spiritual Directors on this pilgrimage to the Cenacle. The Upper Room is also where the Holy Spirit descended upon the Apostles and other followers of Christ on Pentecost, which we celebrate 50 days after Easter (Acts 2: 1-13). This evening with thousands of other pilgrims we will attend an international Holy Hour in the Garden of Gethsemane, at the base of the Mount of Olives, where we sit with the Lord in the place where He prayed to our Father in anticipation of His crucifixion(Matthew 26: 36-56). (Earlier in the day we will have already visited the church of St. Peter in Gallicantu (House of Caiphas), upon the place where Jesus spent the night after His arrest) We end our day in the Basilica of Agony also known as the Church of All Nations. (B,D)

Friday, March 30 |Day 8| Good Friday

We awake this morning and go straight to the Basilica of the Holy Sepulcher to celebrate the Passion of Our Lord on Calvary. This early morning celebration will set the tone for the remainder of the day. Our other activities include the 14 Stations of the Cross, passing the Chapels of the Flagellation and Lithostrotos, by way of the Via Dolorosa led by the Franciscans.

“Then he said, “Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.” (Luke 23:42)

We will also participate in a traditional funeral procession for Our Lord. Today’s activities are optional as each pilgrim is given personal time to reflect on the crucifixion of Our Lord in their own way. (B, D) 

Saturday, March 31| Day 9 | Holy Saturday

Today we celebrate Easter Vigil Mass with thousands of pilgrims in the Basilica of the Holy Sepulcher. We will join in the pilgrim experience with the Pontifical Celebration of the Liturgy of the Hours in front of Christ’s Tomb. We return late to the hotel to rest for our Easter celebrations tomorrow. (B, D)

Sunday, April 1| Day 10 | Easter Sunday

CHRIST IS RISEN, let the celebration begin! We start this glorious day at the Basilica of the Holy Sepulcher to celebrate Mass and celebrate the Resurrection of the Risen Lord.

“Peter, however, got up and ran to the tomb. Bending over, he saw the strips of linen lying by themselves, and he went away, wondering to himself what had happened.” (Luke 24: 12)

He has conquered death and opened the doors to eternal life for all those who follow Him. With thousands of Christians we joyously celebrate with prayer, processions, and feasts. (B, D)

Monday, April 2| Day 11 | Jerusalem

This morning we awake with joy in our hearts knowing our Lord is with us. We spend today exploring the parts of Jerusalem we have not yet seen! We start at the Western Wall also known as the Wailing Wall. The Western Wall is the last remaining remnant of the second Jewish temple and is a prayerful place for the Jewish people. The Western Wall has been an interesting part of history and our guide will detail this history in depth. Our exploration of Jerusalem continues by visiting the Pool of Bethesda where Jesus brought the bedridden man to the pools to be healed. We also visit the Crusader Church of St. Anne, built over the site of the childhood home of the Virgin Mary. Sts. Anne and Joachim are two of the few saints who were married to other saints. We can learn a lot from their example. From the top of the Mount of Olives, with a breathtaking panoramic view of the Old City, visit the chapels of Pater Noster, the Ascension, and Dominus Flevit. Our day will end by visiting Dormition Abbey. Mary fell into her sleep here and was assumed into heaven and crowned Queen of Heaven and Earth.

“A great sign appeared in the sky, a woman clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet, and on her head a crown of twelve stars.” (Revelation 12:1)

Tonight we enjoy one last meal together and rest before our journey back to the United States tomorrow. (B, D)

Tuesday, April 3 | Day 12| Jerusalem – Tel Aviv – USA

Reflecting on our spiritual time together, we spend our last meal together and transfer to the airport in Tel Aviv for your flight home. (B)

Tel Aviv

Nazareth

Haifa

Cana

Mt. Tabor

Tiberias

Capernaum

Tabgha

Jericho

Dead Sea

Jerusalem

Bethlehem

Ein Karem

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Package Inclusions

  • Round Trip Air Transportation from Phoenix or NYC, or land only. See terms
  • Comprehensive Sightseeing as per itinerary in a Private Deluxe Motor coach outside USA, with Guide/Escort
  • 4 star US equivalent hotel accommodations double occupancy with bath or shower (single supplement +$500)
  • Breakfast in hotel, dinners at hotels/ local restaurants. As indicated (B, D)
  • Daily Mass
  • Hotel service charges and tax (at current rate)
  • US airport taxes, fuel surcharges included** (subject to change in the rare occasion that gov’t/airline fees and fuel costs increase drastically)
  • Tips to local guides and hotels are included! $200 value!

NOT INCLUDED IN PACKAGE: Passport fees, meals not indicated in itinerary, items of personal nature, optional tours, items not listed in itinerary, tips for JPPT escort, etc.

Standard Land Only Price: $3,185.00, per person

Standard Price w/ Airfare: $3,985, from PHX or NYC, per person

Full Payment Deadline: November 24, 2017

Tour ID: 18-03.23 HL Easter

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