2019 FR.MENG – Pilgrimage to Holy Land, 22 Sep – 2 Oct.
Join Father David Meng on a Special Journey to the Holy Land
SUN 22 SEP Depart from USA from Washington in the evening.
MON 23 SEP Arrive in Tel Aviv, Israel and after Passport Control, be greeted by our guide and driver. Drive north along the Mediterranean Seacoast to Stella Maris on Mount Carmel. Check in, Father will celebrate Mass and then a simple dinner. Overnight Mt. Carmel
TUE 24 SEP After breakfast, we depart for the Sea of Galilee. Recalling when Jesus calmed the storm and called Peter to walk on water to Him, take a boat across the lake to Capernaum where Jesus called St. Peter and many of the other apostles. Visit the Synagogue where He healed and taught and see Peter’s House. Afterwards, go to the Primacy where He confirmed St. Peter’s mandate after His resurrection, and to Tabgha where he fed the 5000. Stop in Magdala to visit the newly revealed first century synagogue. Father will celebrate Mass on the banks of the lake in the new chapel in the city of Mary Magdalene. Check into Casa Nova in Nazareth.
WED 25 SEP. Cross the street to the Church of the Annunciation where Father will celebrate Mass at the place where The Word Became Flesh and dwelt among us. Return for breakfast before we depart to visit the upper parish church. During a visit to the museum built over the village of Nazareth, learn about the many churches that have been built over the House of Mary. Stop at Joseph’s Carpenter Shop, and then walk through the town where Jesus grew up. Continue up to the Synagogue Church to read scripture and pray before walking to Mary’s Well where the Angel Gabriel came to Mary. After our included lunch, drive to Cana to renew the vows of our couples at the site of Jesus’ first miracle when he changed water in wine at the wedding feast. Overnight in Nazareth CN
THR 26 SEP After breakfast, drive north onto the Golan Heights to Banyas to visit Caesarea Philippi where Jesus asks, “Who do people say I am?” and tells Peter, “On this rock, I will build my Church and the gates of Hell will not conquer it. After lunch, go up Mont Tabor, site of the Transfiguration where Father will celebrate Mass. Overnight in Nazareth CN
FRI 27 SEP After breakfast, drive south thru Samaria stopping at Jacob’s Well. Continue to Bethlehem for included lunch and then visit the Nativity Church where Our Lord was born. Afterwards, visit Shepherd’s Field where Father will celebrate Mass. Have time in one of the big Christian olivewood stores before we check into Notre Dame (the Vatican hotel) in Jerusalem. Overnight in Jerusalem NDJ
SAT 28 SEP After breakfast, drive up on the Mt of Olives and walk down from the place of the Ascension to the Carmelite Convent where we remember Jesus teaching the Our Father, and continue down to Dominus Flevit where He wept over the city, and down to Gethsemane. After lunch, drive to Ein Karem to visit the birthplace of St. John the Baptist and then to the Church of the Visitation where Mary went to help her cousin Elizabeth. Father will celebrate Mass. Finish the day at the Israeli Museum to see a 1/50th scale model of the city of Jerusalem in the year 70AD. You’ll understand the walls and Old City after seeing this impressive site. Overnight in Jerusalem NDJ
SUN 29 SEP After breakfast, drive around the Old City to Mt .Zion to visit Dormition Abbey where “Mary Slept” and the Upper Room where Father will celebrate Mass. Go to St. Peter in Gallicantu where our Lord was held by the high priest when he was arrested. After lunch, pray the Via Dolorosa, carrying a cross up through the Old City to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. Overnight in Jerusalem NDJ
MON 30 SEP Father will celebrate Mass in the Tomb of Our Lord and then we’ll return to the hotel for breakfast. Drive around the Old City to visit the Western Wall. Many Jewish boys will come to celebrate their Bar Mitzvah here today and we can pray at and leave our petitions in the Wall. After, walk up onto the Temple Mount where Jesus taught and prayed; where he was presented by his parents after birth; where he was tempted by the Devil to throw himself down; and, where he was angered by the money changers. Today on this Moslem property we find the Al-Aqsa Mosque and the Dome of the Rock. We pass the closed Golden Gate as we leave and enter the Crusader church of St. Ann’s and the Pools of Bethesda. Leave the city by St. Stephen’s Gate. FREE AFTERNOON before our Special MidEast Feast in a Bedouin Tent in Bethlehem. Overnight in Jerusalem NDJ
TUE 1 Oct After breakfast, drive down to the Jordan River to renew our Baptismal promises, then visit Jericho to see the Mount of Temptations and the Sycamore Tree. Continue South to Qumran and after lunch, visit the excavations where the Dead Sea Scrolls were found. Before returning to Jerusalem, have an opportunity to “float” in the Dead Sea. Mass in the Chapel before dinner. Overnight in Jerusalem NDJ
WED 2 OCT After a breakfast snack and coffee, depart for Tel Aviv Airport and our flight home with memories to Give Thanks and Remember.
- Airfare to and from Tel Aviv from Washington, DC
- Airline taxes and fuel surcharges**
- All transfers and assistance with arrival and departure
- Deluxe bus transportation as required
- Hotel accommodations in double rooms using first class hotels with private baths
- Half board (Breakfast and dinner) daily
- 3 lunches and special mid-east feast
- Services of English speaking local guides
- All entrance fees as shown on the itinerary
- Daily Mass and spiritual direction
- ALL tips and service charges
- Expenses of a personal nature
- Meals not mentioned. Drinks with dinner.
- Single Supplement of $725.00 when no roommate (Note: limited # singles)
IMPORTANT NOTE: **Not always but Sometimes AIRLINE TAXES AND FUEL SURCHARGES may change and cause an increase in the rate. You will be notified and billed for these changes with final invoice.
Send deposit of $500.00 to
Give Thanks and Remember LLC
1484 Morris Pond Drive, Ste B2
Locust Grove, VA 22508