A Pilgrimage to the Holy Land

A 13-Day Fully Escorted Pilgrimage
With: Fr. Michael Rodriguez
August 28 - September 9, 2020

Father Michael RodriguezFr. Michael Rodríguez is a priest of the Diocese of El Paso, Texas. He has been a priest for 23 years. In 2005, he learned and began offering the Traditional Latin Mass, and in 2011, he stopped offering the Novus Ordo. Since then, he has only offered the Traditional Latin Mass. Fr. Rodríguez has written many articles, and has given Conferences and Missions throughout the United States and the world.  His sermons online have been viewed by thousands. Fr. Rodríguez is well beloved for his solicitous care of souls, promotion of the Traditional Latin Mass, and teaching of authentic Catholic doctrine.


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Day 1. Friday, August 28: Transatlantic flight to Tel Aviv


Day 2. Saturday, August 29: Tel Aviv

Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel for a welcome dinner. (WD)


Day 3. Sunday, August 30: Tel Aviv – Jaffa – Caesarea Maritima – Mount Carmel – Tiberias

Begin your pilgrimage with a visit to Jaffa and walk through the beautiful restored Old Port, where medieval pilgrims used to arrive on their way to Jerusalem. Then, visit the magnificent remains of Herod’s Palace at Caesarea Maritima; it is here that St. Paul was imprisoned before being sent to Rome. Continue to Mount Carmel and visit the Carmelite Monastery of St. Elias, where this holy prophet triumphed over the false prophets of Baal. Next to it, visit Stella Maris Carmelite Monastery, built in an area that for centuries was frequented by hermits, and where the Carmelite Order was founded. Arrive in Tiberias for dinner and overnight. (BB, D)


Day 4. Monday, August 31: Sea of Galilee

This morning, visit the Mount of Beatitudes, the scene of Our Lord’s Sermon on the Mount; the Church of the Loaves and Fishes where the miracle of the Multiplication of Loaves and Fishes took place; and the Church of the Primacy of St. Peter, where Our Lord appeared to the Apostles after His resurrection. Afterwards, explore the ruins of Capharnaum, including the ancient Jewish synagogue and St. Peter’s house. Enjoy a lunch of the traditional dish “St. Peter’s Fish” at a typical restaurant. Enjoy a free afternoon before returning to your hotel in Tiberias for dinner and overnight. (BB, L, D)


Day 5. Tuesday, September 1: Sea of Galilee

The Sea of Galilee is rich in memories of the three years of Our Lord’s Ministry. The day opens with a boat ride on the Sea of Galilee, where Our Lord Jesus Christ did much of His preaching and many of His Apostles were fishermen. See the Ancient Galilee Boat, a fishing boat from the 1st century AD now exhibited in the Yigal Allon Museum. Visit Magdala, the town of St. Mary Magdalene. Continue to the Valley of the Doves, the route Our Lord would have taken from Nazareth to the Sea of Galilee. The afternoon is at leisure. Dinner and overnight in Tiberias. (BB, D)


Day 6. Wednesday, September 2: Tiberias: Mt. Tabor – Nazareth – Cana

Visit the Church of the Transfiguration on Mount Tabor, built on the site of Our Lord’s Transfiguration. Then travel to Nazareth and stroll through Nazareth’s colorful bazaar as you walk Mary’s road to her home and the site of the Annunciation, as well as the Church of St. Joseph, built where the carpentry workshop of St. Joseph used to be. Next, visit Cana, where Our Lord performed His first miracle by turning water into wine; here you may renew your marriage vows. (BB, D)


Day 7. Thursday, September 3: Tiberias – Jericho – Baptismal site – Qumran – St. George Monastery – Jerusalem

Today in Jericho, the oldest city in the world, see the Sycamore Tree, commemorating the place where Zacchaeus, the rich tax collector, climbed the tree to see Our Lord. Take a cable car to Mount of Temptations, where Our Lord was tempted by the devil. Next, stop at the site on the Jordan River where it is claimed that St. John baptized Our Lord. Continue to the Caves of Qumran, where the Dead Sea Scrolls were found. Finally, visit St. George Monastery, where according to tradition St. Joachim learned from an angel that his wife St. Anne had conceived. Dinner and overnight in Jerusalem. (BB, D)


Day 8. Friday, September 4: Jerusalem: Bethany – Masada – Dead Sea

Journey to Bethany, home of Lazarus, Martha, and Mary Magdalene, and visit St. Lazarus Catholic Church and St. Lazarus’ Tomb. In Masada, take a cable car to the mountain-top fortress, the last Jewish stronghold after the destruction of Jerusalem in AD 66. Afterwards, you may take the opportunity to wade and bathe in the Dead Sea. Dinner and overnight in Jerusalem. (BB, D)


Day 9. Saturday, September 5: Jerusalem: Bethlehem – Shepherds’ Field – Ein Karem

Today in Bethlehem, the royal city of David, pray at the Cave of the Nativity, the birthplace of Our Savior. Visit the Church of St. Catherine with the grottoes of the Holy Innocents, St. Joseph and St. Jerome, and the Milk Grotto, where tradition says the Holy Family took refuge before their flight into Egypt. Then, do some shopping at a wood carving cooperative. Continue to Shepherds’ Field to see the cave of the shepherds where the angels appeared and announced the birth of Christ. Afterwards, travel to the “hill country of Judea” to the city of Ein Karem, the birthplace of St. John the Baptist. Visit the Church of St. John the Baptist and the Church of the Visitation, built over the home of Zacharias, commemorating the Virgin Mary’s visit to St. Elizabeth. Dinner and overnight in Jerusalem. (BB, D)


Day 10. Sunday, September 6: Jerusalem: Temple Mount – Mount of Olives

A full day of sightseeing in the Holy City. Visit the Temple Mount, where Our Lord used to preach, traditionally the site of Salomon’s Temple, and since 691 AD an Islamic site. Afterwards, visit the Church of St. Anne, erected over the traditional site of the birthplace of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Continue to the Pools of Bethesda excavations, identified as the scene of the healing of the paralytic. Then, visit the Flagellation Church that enshrines the spot where Our Lord was flogged. Next is Ecce Homo Church, erected where Pontius Pilate presented Our Lord to the hostile Jewish crowd. In the afternoon, visit the Chapel of the Ascension and the Church of Dominus Flevit, where Our Lord wept over the city of Jerusalem. Arrive into the Kidron Valley to the Garden of Gethsemane and the Church of All Nations, built over the rock on which Our Lord prayed the night before He was crucified. Finally, visit the Cave of the Betrayal, marking the place where Judas delivered Our Lord to the soldiers. Dinner and overnight in Jerusalem. (BB, D)


Day 11. Monday, September 7: Jerusalem: Mount Sion & Pater Noster

Begin the day with a visit to the Church of Pater Noster, where Our Lord taught His disciples how to pray. In Mount Sion, visit the Upper Room where the Last Supper took place; the Church of the Dormition erected on the spot where Our Lady was assumed into heaven; and the Church of St. Peter in Gallicantu, where St. Peter denied Our Lord. The rest of the day is free. Dinner and overnight in Jerusalem. (BB, D)


Day 12. Tuesday, September 8: Jerusalem: Way of the Cross – Holy Sepulcher –  Transfer to Tel Aviv Airport

Early in the morning, pray the Stations of the Cross along the Via Dolorosa, finishing at the Holy Sepulcher Church. The rest of the day at leisure. After a farewell dinner, transfer to the airport for your midnight flight home. (BB, FD)


Day 13. Wednesday, September 9: Arrival in USA


Buffet Breakfast (BB); Lunch (L); Dinner (D); Farewell Dinner (FD)


* In case of unforeseen events, this itinerary is subject to change.

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