Our travelers visited the Church of the Multiplication, the Church of the Primacy of Peter, enjoyed delicious meals and even stopped to smell the flowers. Here are more wonderful photographs from Andrew O'Dell documenting another sunny, beautiful day in the Holy Land walking the pages of scripture.
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Another amazing day in the Holy Land - Traveling the Sea of Galilee, touring the Church of the Beatitudes and sharing some laughs along the way. Special thanks to Andrew O'Dell with St. Philip's Church for continuing to share these fabulous photographs!
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"Spent the morning in Nazareth, visiting the Well of Mary Church, Church of the Synagogue and Basilica of the Annunciation. Finished the morning at Nazareth Village (the Colonial Williamsburg of Israel) and drove to Cana after lunch for the Renewal of Wedding Vows at the Church of Cana."
Luke 4:14-30 | Luke 1:26-38 | Matthew 2:19-23 | John 2:1-11
-Andrew O'Dell (St. Phillips Church)
Following along with Andrew O'Dell from St. Phillips Church:
"Today we made a splendid start for the pilgrimage, visiting Caesarea Maritima, the great man-made port, constructed by Herod the Great (one of the ancient wonders of the world). We began our tour standing before Greek statues, commissioned under Herod, which would have amounted to idolatry (in defiance of the second commandment). These statues stand as a witness to the unfaithfulness of Herod. Great builder though he was, Herod was no great lover of the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. We then moved into the theater where Jeff gave a teaching on Acts 24-26, explaining that Paul would have stood trial on this very site."
Many sights to be seen on day 2 of travels! From viewing the Greek statues as mentioned above, to visiting the Caesarea Maritime, viewing the Valley of Armageddon, Beth She’an, ascending Mt. Carmel, and enjoying some delicious lunch in-between.
"After lunch, it’s off to Beth She’an where we here the account of King Saul’s tragic end (1 Samuel 31:1-13) and make the trek to the top of the tel of Megiddo."
Our Holy Land Pilgrimage is underway!
We are following along with Andrew O'Dell from St. Phillips Church:
"We visit the traditional site for the home of Simon the Tanner, where Simon Peter stayed and received a vision (Acts 10:1-23) which symbolized God’s call to expand his ministry to Gentiles. Jeff gave the teaching, encouragIng us to be like Peter, taking the Gospel out to those who have not received it!"
"We learn about Joppa, the ancient port town, from which Jonah would have set sail to avoid going to Nineveh (Jonah 1:3), and Peter would have departed for his journey to Rome."
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Why do Christians go on pilgrimages? Several reasons. First, to enrich our imagination. When I first went to Israel, I spent a day sitting along the shore of the Sea of Galilee. I looked across the lake to the same brown hills that Jesus would have seen. The sun was warm, and there were two fishing boats with gray sails out on the water. All at once I could imagine Jesus standing in a fishing boat, a little way out on the lake, teaching the crowds on the shore and giving them hope. Now years later, remembering that scene helps my imagination live into the Gospel Story.
Second, pilgrimages remind us that God works in specific times and places. Christianity is not an abstract philosophy...
Reflections on one of Connoisseurs’ First Pilgrimages, circa 1988
“This is where I feel my Christian roots are,” said Bob, the Episcopalian priest who was the group leader of our tour. “I really feel at home here with the early English church, its liturgy, its monasteries, and its saints.”
We were standing in the ruins of a medieval priory on the holy island of Lindisfarne off England’s northeast coast. For part of each day Lindisfarne really is an island, ...