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NATIONAL CHRISTIAN PILGRIMAGE TO ISRAEL
SATURDAY, JUNE 24, ACCRA – TEL AVIV
Happy the pilgrims inspired by You with courage to the Ascents (Psalm 84:5).
Departure from Accra on a scheduled flight with Ethiopian airlines. Overnight on Board.
SUNDAY, JUNE 25, ARRIVAL IN ISRAEL, TEL AVIV, TIBERIAN, SEA OF GALILEE
Come let us go up to the mountain of Yahweh, to the Temple of the God of Jacob that he may teach us his ways so that we may walk in his paths (Isaiah 2, 3).
Arrival at Tel Aviv Ben Gur ion Airport in the early hours of the morning. Meeting with Holy Land Israel representatives. Departure in air conditioned bus towards Galilee, passing through Haifa and Mount Carmel, where the prophet Elijah retreated to after defeating the priests of Baal. Breakfast on top of the Mount of Beatitudes where Jesus preached the Sermon on the Mount. Transfer to hotel in Tiberias. Time for rest. In the afternoon, Sunday service during the Boat Ride on the Sea of Galilee. Dinner and overnight in hotel.
MONDAY, JUNE 26, NAZARETH, CANA, CAPERNAUM, TABGHA, PRIMATUR
Leaving Nazareth he went and settled in Capernaum, a lakeside town on the boarders of Zebulun and Naphtali. In this was the prophesy of Isaiah was to be fulfilled: Land of Zebulun! Land of Naphtali! Way of the sea on the far side of Jordan. Galilee of the Nations! The people that lived in darkness have seen a great light; on those who dwell in the land and shadow of death a light has dawned. (Matthew 4,13-16)
In the morning, visit of Nazareth. The Annunciation where the Angel Gabriel brought the news of the birth of Christ to Mary. The church of Saint Joseph, built where the Holy Family lived. Visit to the site of the Synagogue of Nazareth where Jesus revealed his mission. (Site of the Miracle of the multiplication of Loaves and Fishes), the Prematur (where Jesus appeared to the apostles after the resurrection) ascent of the Mount of Beatitudes (where Jesus preached Sermon on the Mount). Dinner and overnight in Nazareth. Stopover at Cana in Galilee, where Jesus transformed water into wine at the wedding feast.
Possibility for married couples to renew their wedding promises.
TUESDAY JUNE 27, MOUNT CARMEL, JORDAN RIVER, QAS’REL YAHUD, DEAD SEA, JERICHO, BETHLEHEM
He came from Galilee to the Jordan to be baptises by John……. As soon as Jesus was baptized he came from the water, and suddenly the heavens opened and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and coming down on him. And a voice spoke from heaven, this is my Son, the Beloved; my favour rest on him (Matthew 3, 13-17)
Breakfast at the hotel. Departure for Mount Carmel, Elijah’s mountains where the prophet defeated the false prophets of Baal.
Continue to Qaser el Yahun on the River, where John the Baptist baptized Jesus. Renewal of baptismal commitments in the Jordan River. Stopover in Jericho, one of the oldest cities in the world. See the sycamore tree at Zacchaeus climbed to see Jesus and the mount of temptations. Stopover at the Dead Sea, the lowest point on earth at about 400m below sea level. A chance to float on the Dead Sea.
Continue to Bethlehem, passing through Jerusalem. Dinner and overnight in hotel.
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 28, BETHLEHEM /JERUSALEM, MOUNT OF OLIVES, GETHSEMANI, VIA DOLOROSA, CALVARY, HOLY SEPUCHIRE
How I rejoiced when they said to me, ‘Let us go to the house of Yahweh! And now our feet are standing in your gateways, Jerusalem. Official encounters and visit to the Holocaust museum, the Yad Vashem.
Visit the Mount of Olives, Garden of the Gethsemane, Basilica of the Agony, Covenant of Our Father, Chapel of the Dominus Flevit, the Virgin Mary’s Tomb, Way of the Cross along the Old City, and entry to Church of the Holy Sepulchre, visit to Mount Calvary and the tomb where Jesus was buried and rose from the dead. Dinner and overnight.
THURSDAY, JUNE 29, BETHLEHEM / JERUSALEM, CHURCH OF NATIVITY, SHEPHERD’S FIELD, MOUNT ZION, WESTERN WALL, CARDO
Glory to God in the highest and peace to men who enjoy his favour… The shepherds said to one another ‘Let us go to Bethlehem and see thus thing that has happened which the Lord has made known to us’’ (Luke 2, 14-16).
Breakfast at hotel. In the morning, visit the Church of the Nativity of Jesus and the grotto of Saint Jerome. Visit to the shepherd’s Field where the Angels brought the news of the birth of the Messiah.
In the afternoon, departure to Jerusalem and stop at the Western Wall, the magnificent ruins of the Temple of Herod, walk through the Jewish quarter, the Cardo and visit Mount Zion, the first settlement of the Christian community of Jerusalem. Visit to the upper Room where Pentecost took place and Jesus celebrated the last supper.
Dinner and presentation of Jerusalem Pilgrim Certificates.
FIRDAY, JUNE 30, BETHELEM /JERUSALEM, KNESSET, YAD VASHEM OR ISRAEL MUSEUM
I saw the holy city, and the New Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, as a beautiful bride all dressed for her husband. Then I heard a loud voice call from the throne, ‘You see this city? Here God lives among men. He will make his home among them; they shall be his people and he will be their God; his name is God-with- them. He will wipe away all tears from their eyes; there will be no more death and no more mourning or sadness. The world of the past has gone. (Revelation 21,3-4).
Communion service at the Garden Tomb, Free time for shopping and exploring the city Jerusalem. Return to Bethlehem. Preparation and further free time for packing.
Dinner in hotel and departure for airport.
SATURDAY, JULY 1, DAY 8, BETHLEHEM-TEL AVIV-ACCRA
Departure in the early hours of the day from Tel Aviv and arrival in Accra via Addis Ababa at bout midday.
May Yahweh bless you and keep you. May Yahweh let his face shine on you and be gracious to you. May Yahweh uncover his face to you and bring you peace. (Numbers 6, 24- 26)