Holy Land Pilgrimage Recap - Part 3 of 3



"Now when Jesus came, he found that Lazarus had already been in the tomb four days. Bethany was near Jerusalem, about two miles off, and many of the Jews had come to Martha and Mary to console them concerning their brother. When Martha heard that Jesus was coming, she went and met him, while Mary sat in the house. Martha said to Jesus, 'Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died. And even now I know that whatever you ask from God, God will give you.' Jesus said to her, 'Your brother will rise again.' Martha said to him, 'I know that he will rise again in the resurrection at the last day.' Jesus said to her, 'I am the resurrection and the life; he who believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live, and whoever lives and believes in me shall never die. Do you believe this?' She said to him, 'Yes, Lord; I believe that you are the Christ, the Son of God, he who is coming into the world.' - John 11:17-27

"Then Mary, when she came where Jesus was and saw him, fell at his feet, saying to him, 'Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died.' When Jesus saw her weeping, and the Jews who came with her also weeping, he was deeply moved in spirit and troubled; and he said, 'Where have you laid him?' They said to him, 'Lord, come and see.' Jesus wept. So the Jews said, 'See how he loved him!' But some of them said, 'Could not he who opened the eyes of the blind man have kept this man from dying?' - John 11:32-37

"When he had said this, he cried with a loud voice, 'Lazarus, come out.' The dead man came out, his hands and feet bound with bandages, and his face wrapped with a cloth. Jesus said to them, 'Unbind him, and let him go.' - John 11:43-44


Celebrated in the crusader chapel, dating from the 14th century.  We celebrated the Mass of the raising of Lazarus.

Deb Skinner rides a camel!

The fruit in Israel is fantastic!

Jordan River

We went down to the Jordan River and renewed our baptismal promises.


This is the site where the Dead Sea Scrolls were found.  The Dead Sea Scrolls are the oldest manuscripts we have of the Old Testament.


Via Dolorosa - The Stations of the Cross

4:30am wake-up call, in order to get started with the stations at 5:30am, so that we could avoid all the cramped street traffic, and shop owners which would soon be occupying the space, along the path to Calvary.

We adore you O Christ, and we praise you - because by your Holy Cross, you have redeemed the world.

As the sun rose, we approached the final stations, which are located inside the Church of the Holy Sepulchre

Church of the Holy Sepulchre

The site of clavary.  You can see the rock, on which Jesus was crucified, just below the glass.

The Tomb of Jesus

"When it was evening, there came a rich man from Arimathea, named Joseph, who also was a disciple of Jesus. He went to Pilate and asked for the body of Jesus. Then Pilate ordered it to be given to him. And Joseph took the body, and wrapped it in a clean linen shroud, and laid it in his own new tomb, which he had hewn in the rock; and he rolled a great stone to the door of the tomb, and departed. Mary Magdalene and the other Mary were there, sitting opposite the tomb." - Matthew 27:57-61

The final station is in the tomb - where Jesus was laid after He was lowered from the cross.

This is a newly installed window, that allows you to view the actual rock of the tomb where Jesus was laid!


We were extremely fortunate to be able to have Mass in the Tomb.  I celebrated the High, Chanted Latin Mass for the Franciscans, which was a great honor and priviledge.

It was Easter Mass, of course!  HE HAS RISEN!