While on pilgrimage - one of the things we do every morning is to share Morning Prayer - once on the bus - while traveling to the morning's first site. On this pilgrimage we elected to use the Holy Land Companion by Magnificat - Morning Prayer based on the first site that we would be visiting. Led by Father Matt and Deacon Dale - the entire bus - singing - chanting the various psalms and prayers of the day. A great way to begin each day. Our first stop today - the Mount of Beatitudes - along the Sea of Galilee - Holy Mass.
Church at Mount of Beatitudes
Peaceful Setting on Sea of Galilee
Sea of Galilee
Continuing on we next came to Tabgha - the site of the Multiplication of the Loaves and Fishes - built to commemorate the feeding of the five thousand
Site of the Multiplication
Moving on we next came to the Church of the Primacy of Peter where Our Lord appeared to the apostles after His Resurrection
Apostles Meet Jesus
Right next to the Primacy of Peter is the site of the Sea of Galilee where Jesus called Peter to walk on the water...
Attempting to Walk on the Water
Our journey next brought us to Capernaum to see the temple that Jesus worshiped at and close by the church built over the house of Peter's mother-in-law's home
Church over Peter's Mother-in-law's Home
Lunchtime brought us to a local kibbutz where many shared in the famous St. Peter's Fish
St. Peter's Fish
Remains after eating with surgical precision by our pilgrim physician
Lunch was followed by a boat ride on the Sea of Galilee where - once in the middle of the sea - the engine was stopped and Arlene shared a meditation with everyone
Sea of Galilee Boat Experience
Sea of Galilee Shoreline
Our final stop for this day was the Jordan River and the Yardenit Baptismal Site. Here our pilgrims were given the opportunity to renew their baptismal vows either by full immersion or by sprinkling for the less adventurous.
Jordan River Baptism Site
Deacon Dale & Arlene Getting Ready for Immersion
Father Matt Sprinkling Annette & George - His Parents
Toweling off and drying themselves - the group boarded the bus to return to the hotel for dinner and the end of a very full day.
Praying Our Way Through Israel