18 Day Pilgrimage Departing Sunday 21 May 2017
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18 Day Pilgrimage Departing Sunday 21 May 2017

Spiritual Chaplain: Fr Dan Serratore MGL
Coordinator: Mr Costandi Bastoli

Highlights: Mt Nebo • Dead Sea (1) • Sea of Galilee (3) • Mt Tabor • Nazareth • Jerusalem (4) • Rome (6)

MEAL CODE:  B: Breakfast   L: Lunch   D: Dinner

DAY 1: Sunday 21st May 2017 – Depart for Jordan

DAY 2: Monday 22nd May – Arrive Amman – Mt Nebo – Dead Sea
Theme: From Old to New 

This morning we will fly into Amman and immediately travel west to ascend Biblical Mt Nebo for a spectacular Mass. Here, at the site where the Old Testament opened its door to the land of the New, Moses looked over into the Promised Land and blessed Joshua who was to lead the Israelites under God’s protection (Joshua 1:6–9). It has been possible for archaeologists to identify this sanctuary, thanks to the records left by two pilgrim-visitors of the fourth and fifth centuries of their travels in this region. One of these was Egeria, the pilgrim nun. 
His Holiness Benedict XVI, on his pilgrimage to the Holy Land in 2009, said this while here on Mt Nebo: “Here, on the heights of Mount Nebo, the memory of Moses invites us to ‘lift up our eyes’ to embrace with gratitude not only God’s mighty works in the past, but also to look with faith and hope to the future which he holds out to us and to our world.” We too can seize this opportunity to thank God for our journey thus far and anticipate the blessings that are to come. 

We then arrive at the Jordanian side of the Dead Sea to check-in to our beautiful hotel located down on the shore. Here we will unwind and take the optional opportunity to float in the salty waters said to have healing qualities. The experience is quite uplifting!! 

Dead Sea overnight (D) 

DAY 3: Tuesday 23rd May – Dead Sea to the Sea of Galilee
Theme: New Beginnings

Our pilgrimage starts this morning with a visit to Bethany Beyond the Jordan, one of the most recent archaeological and religious discoveries. The five springs here form a tributary of the Jordan River, believed to be the Baptismal site of Jesus by John the Baptist. So authentic is this site that His Holiness Benedict XVI chose this as an essential place to visit on his last pilgrimage to the Holy Land.

Continue west across the Jordan River border into the Holy Land of Israel known as the land of the “fifth Gospel”. Journey on to Tiberias on the shores of Lake Galilee … “Go to Galilee and you will find him there” (Mt 28:7).
Sea of Galilee overnight (BD)

DAY 4: Wednesday 24th May – Sea of Galilee
Theme: The Galilean Ministry of Jesus

Our memorable Galilee day begins in Capernaum, the centre of Jesus’ teaching and healing and home to Peter the Apostle (Mt 4:12–20). After exploring this site, we travel through Sowers Bay and reflect on the parable of the sower (Mark 4:1–9) before continuing through Magdala, the town of Mary Magdalene.

Visit the Nof Ginosar Kibbutz, within which is preserved the remains of a 1st century fishing boat as in the days of Christ. We then set off from the shore in a traditional sailing vessel to encounter one of our most memorable pilgrimage highlights – a time of Praise and Worship floating in the centre of Lake Galilee with engines switched off. Here we will recall the miracles of Jesus calming the storm and appearing to the apostles walking on this very water. We then continue back to the shore for our special ‘St Peter’s fish’ lunch.

Travel this afternoon around the lake to Korazin to relive the parables of the House built on the rock and the persevering widow. Journey on to Tabgha, site of the multiplication of the loaves and fishes (Mt 14:20), before an important stop at the Church of the Primacy of Peter where Jesus challenged Peter and each one of us ‘Do you really love me, feed my sheep’. Here we will celebrate Mass by the shore of the lake.

Sea of Galilee overnight (BLD)

DAY 5: Thursday 25th May – Mt Tabor / Nazareth / Cana
Theme: The Transfiguration

We travel out this morning to the foot of Mt Tabor before ascending by taxis up the narrow winding road leading to the majestic summit. Here Our Lord’s divinity shone forth in the Transfiguration (Mt 17:1–2). After a memorable Mass in this breathtaking setting we will better understand Peter’s words
‘Lord it is good for us to be here’.

Continue on towards Nazareth, the town of Jesus’ childhood. Firstly visit the nearby Nazareth Village, a recreation of the town and village life of Nazareth as in the days of Jesus. Here enjoy a traditional meal and take a parable walk back in time along the path which brings to life the environment and atmosphere which shaped Jesus’ early years and ministry.

Later, in Nazareth township, we will enter inside the Basilica of the Annunciation where a traditional cave becomes the focal point of Mary’s response “Let it be done to me according to thy word” (Luke 1:38). Also see the Church of St Joseph and a traditional Jewish synagogue (Synagogue Church) similar to that in which the Holy Family would have worshipped.

Finally we come to the village of Cana where Jesus, at the request of His Mother, performed his first miracle transforming the water into wine at the wedding feast (Jn 2:1–11). Here, married couples may take the opportunity to renew their wedding vows, and single and widowed pilgrims will receive a special blessing.

Sea of Galilee overnight (BLD)

DAY 6: Friday 26th May – Via Jericho to Jerusalem
Theme: The Beatitudes

Our day begins with Mass at the Mount of Beatitudes as we take time in this special place to ponder Jesus’ message of happiness – the Sermon on the Mount (Mt 5:1–12).

We farewell Lake Galilee and travel south to Nain, where we relive the story of the dead son whom Jesus healed and gave back to his mother (Lk 7:15).

We then continue south, travelling through the lush Jordan valley to Jericho the ‘City of Palms’ which is said to be the oldest inhabited city and most famous oasis. Across the valley we view the Mt of Temptation, the site of Jesus’ fast of 40 days and there are enough stones to illustrate Satan’s words “If you are the son of God, tell these stones to turn into loaves”. Here in Jericho we enjoy a traditional Palestinian meal.

Visit the Monastery of St George, taking time to reflect, pray and explore the amazing desert landscape.

Finally we continue our journey up to Jerusalem – the City of our God.

Jerusalem overnight (BLD)

DAY 7: Saturday 27th May – Jerusalem
Theme: The Passion, Death & Resurrection of Jesus

We will proceed to the Mt of Olives this morning where we will firstly visit the Church of the ‘Pater Noster’ commemorating the site where Jesus taught His disciples the Lord’s Prayer (Mt 6:7–15). We then enjoy a panoramic view over the city and a spectacular photographic opportunity. As we commence our walk down the Palm Sunday Road, we wander past the tombs of the Prophets Haggai, Malachi and Zechariah before arriving at the Dominus Flevit for Mass. This church was built on the site where Jesus wept over the city of Jerusalem (Lk 19:41–44).

We then visit the Garden of Gethsemane, where we will enter the Church of the Agony containing the bare rock upon which Jesus is said to have prayed before his arrest. The outside garden contains olive trees, the roots of which go back to the time of Jesus.

From here we see the path Jesus was taken along as a prisoner while ascending Mt Zion to the house of the High Priest Caiaphas.

Here, at the Church of St Peter in Gallicantu, Our Lord was interrogated and imprisoned, while Peter denied Jesus three times. Continue on to the Cenacle, room of the Last Supper and the Church of Dormition where Our Lady was assumed into heaven.

Jerusalem overnight (BD)

DAY 8: Sunday 28th May – Bethlehem & Surrounds
Theme: The Birth of Jesus

Our day of pilgrimage begins in Ein Karem, the birthplace of St John the Baptist and site of the Visitation of Mary to Elizabeth “Why should I be honoured with a visit from the mother of my Lord” (Lk 1:43). Pilgrims may choose to pray a mystery of the Rosary here as we walk up to this church dedicated to ‘The Magnificat’.

Continue on to the Israel Museum where we have an orientation viewing of the Second Temple scale model of Jerusalem as it was in the time of Jesus. Then proceed to the Shrine of the Book to view the Dead Sea Scrolls with our own eyes.

We travel on to Shepherd’s Field to commemorate the appearance of the angels to the shepherds on that first Christmas night (Lk 2:8–16). We celebrate our group Mass here in a local cave. Continue to neighbouring Bethlehem, the City of David where we will visit the Church of the Nativity built over the stable where Jesus was born. Bending low, we enter the church through the Door of Humility and descend into the Grotto of the Holy Manger. A silver star in the floor marks the very spot where Christ was born. The star’s inscription reads in Latin: Hic de Virgine Maria Jesus Christus Natus Est (Here of the Virgin Mary Jesus Christ was born).

Jerusalem overnight (BD)

DAY 9: Monday 29th May – Jerusalem
Theme: The Passion, Death & Resurrection of Jesus

Arise early this morning as we enter the Old City to commence our Stations of the Cross, beginning from the Antonia Fortress where Jesus was condemned to death. See the Lithostrotos (pavement) in the Ecce Homo convent. Visit nearby the Flagellation and Condemnation Chapels as we pray and follow in Our Lord’s footsteps along the actual Via Dolorosa to the site of Calvary where we will celebrate Mass in the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. Walk the stairway climbing to the actual site where the Cross of Jesus once stood. The glass panels reveal the natural rock below which we may come to touch with our pilgrim hands.

After breakfast back at our hotel we travel to the vicinity of the Temple Mount to view the Dome of the Rock, El Aqsa Mosque and the Western Wall. Then we come to the Church of St Anne, said to be built over the birthplace of the Virgin Mary, and visit the Pool of Bethesda where Jesus healed the paralysed man (Jn 5:2–9).

Free time this afternoon. For our final night in the Holy Land, we will enjoy a special dinner.

Jerusalem overnight (BD)

DAY 10: Tuesday 30th May – The Holy Land to Rome
Today we will be transferred to Tel Aviv airport for our flight connections to Rome, the Eternal City to join the CCR Golden Jubilee Celebrations.
On arrival at Rome airport we will be met and transferred to our centrally located Religious House style lodgings.
Rome overnight (BD)

DAY 11: Wednesday 31st May – CCR Golden Jubilee Celebrations Begin
Papal Event: We will proceed to St Peter’s Square where the Holy Father is expected to host a General Audience with pilgrims from around the world.
Today the CCR Golden Jubilee Events commence (locations TBC).

Activities over the next few days may include:
• Youth festival
• Special gatherings for Theologians
• Charismatic Communities Presentations
• Schools of Evangelization
• Ecumenical Forum
• Opportunity to gather for Praise and Worship
• Adoration and Evangelisation
• A series of Workshops on various CCR topics

Rome overnight (BD)

DAYS 12–13: Thursday 1st & Friday 2nd June – CCR Golden Jubilee Celebrations Continue

Proposed activities as listed.

Rome 2 nights (B)

DAY 14: Saturday 3rd June – Rome Pilgrimage
Our guided Christian Rome pilgrimage this morning features the Basilica of St Paul Outside the Walls as a special tribute to the Church’s greatest evangelist. Here we will celebrate our group Mass. Journey on to the ancient Catacombs for a memorable guided tour. Marvel at these underground burial tunnels for Christians and Hebrews.

We will also visit the Shrine of Tre Fontane today where Our Lady appeared to Bruno Cornacchiola on 12th April 1947.

The afternoon is free to attend Jubilee events happening this afternoon/evening (TBA).

Rome overnight (B)

DAY 15: Sunday 4th June – Rome – Pentecost Celebration of the Golden Jubilee
We will proceed to St Peter’s Square this morning where Pope Francis will celebrate the CCR Golden Jubilee Mass of Pentecost with pilgrim representatives from all over the world.
Afternoon at leisure.
Rome overnight (BD)

DAY 16: Monday 5th June – Depart Rome

DAY 17: Tuesday 6th June – In Transit

DAY 18: Wednesday 7th June – Arrive Australia

Cost From: $5890* (Incl. Tax)
Under 30’s Student Special: $5590
Single Room Supplement: $960
Prepaid Tipping: $140

Airfares: Economy class airfare from Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne, Adelaide, Perth (N.B. Airlines taxes are included and subject to fluctuations).

Accommodation and Meals: Based on moderate standard accommodation throughout with meals as listed.
Miscellaneous inclusions: Deluxe air-conditioned motor coach with driver, local tour escort/guide, sightseeing and entrance fees throughout itinerary.

Not Included: Passport and visa costs (if applicable), other meals not stated, items of a personal nature including phone calls, laundry, beverages, etc. Travel insurance (Harvest will recommend a special group policy rate). Prepaid tipping.

Additional information
Return from
AUD 5890
Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne, Adelaide, Perth
Sales Period:
20 May 2017
Travel Period:
21 May - 07 June 2017
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