Holy Land Pilgrimage

St. Ambrose Church will be making a pilgrimage to Israel from October 2, 2024 to October 10, 2024.  The cost of the trip is $4,500 and includes airfare, first-class hotels, daily breakfast and dinner, round trip transportation to JFK Airport, basic tour and sightseeing, tips and gratuities, taxes, and entrance fees.  There will be opportunities to join in the celebration of Mass at different churches each day or to explore the religious shrine on your own during Mass.  Cities on the itinerary include Bethlehem, Jerusalem, Jericho, and Nazareth.  You will be visiting the Church of the Nativity, Qumran and the Dead Sea, Mount of Beatitudes, Garden of Gethsemane, the Western Wall, and many other places.  On your last day in Jerusalem, you will walk the Via Dolorosa and celebrate Mass at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre.  If you are interested or want more information, please visit https://www.barefootexcursions.com/group/Holy%20Land%20Pilgrimage or call Barbara in the Parish Office (570-385-1031).     

Holy Land Pilgrimage - Itinerary

Day 1 & 2 (Oct. 2– 3) - Leaving St. Ambrose, we will travel to JFK Airport to board our overnight flight to Tel Aviv.



Day 3 (October 4) Bethlehem, Bethany, & Ein Karem - In Bethlehem, visit the cave revered as Jesus' birthplace, which now resides in the world's oldest functioning church.  Celebrate Mass in Bethlehem and then gaze out over Shepherds' Field, where the angels first proclaimed the Good News.  Visit Bethany, the home of Lazarus, Mary and Martha.  Here, Jesus visited on several occasions and raised Lazarus from the dead.  Travel to Ein Karem, the village where John the Baptist was born and the Virgin Mary visited Elizabeth prior to our Lord's birth.  Visit the Church of St. John, the birthplace of John the Baptist.

Day 4 (October 5) Qasr el Yahud, Wadi Qelt, Jericho, Qumran, & Dead Sea—Visit and renew your baptismal vows at the baptismal site of Qasr el Yahud, where tradition says Jesus was baptized by John the Baptist.  Just off the Roman road that Jesus “walked” is the Wadi Qelt gorge, the site of the Monastery of St. George.  Journey to Jericho (considered the oldest city in the world) to visit the ruins of the ancient city conquered by Joshua.  From Jericho, in the distance, you can see the traditional site of the Temptation of Jesus.  Celebrate Mass in the Church of the Good Shepherd in Jericho near a sycamore tree and remember Zacchaeus, who climbed a sycamore to see Jesus.  Travel to Qumran, where the Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered in 1947.  End your day with the opportunity to take a dip in the mineral-laded waters of the Dead Sea. 

Day 5 (October 6) Cana, Nazareth, Mount Precipice—Visit the Franciscan Wedding Church at Cana, the site of Jesus’ first miracle, where He changed water into wine.  Continue on to Nazareth, Jesus’ boyhood home, and celebrate Mass in the Basilica of the Annunciation.  You will also see the House of the Holy Family, St. Joseph’s Workshop and St. Joseph’s Church.  Stand atop the Mount Precipice, where Luke describes how Jesus was rejected by those in the synagogue after He taught them.

Day 6 (October 7) The Galilee—Enjoy beautiful Capernaum, the center of Jesus’ ministry, and visit the synagogue located on the site where Jesus taught.  Sail across the Sea of Galilee reflecting on the gospel stories of Jesus calming the storm.  Listen to Jesus’ words from His Sermon on the Mount at the Mount of Beatitudes  At Tabgha, the traditional location of the feeding of the 5, 000, explore the Church of the Loaves and Fish.  Take a moment to reflect and pray in the Chapel of the Primacy, where Peter professed his devotion to the risen Christ.  In Magdala, once home to Mary Magdalene, visit a recently discovered first-century synagogue.

Day 7 (October 8) Mount Tabor, Mount Carmel & Emmaus—As you stand on Mount Tabor, contemplate what it must have been like for Saints Peter, James and John to behold the glory of the Transfigured Christ.  Celebrate Mass at the Church of the Transfiguration.  Continue on your journey to Mount Carmel, where Elijah defeated the prophets of Baal.  Biblically, Mount Carmel is referenced most often as a symbol of beauty and fertility.  To be given the “splendor of Carmel” was to be blessed indeed.  In Emmaus, you’ll see the traditional site where Jesus appeared to two disciples after His resurrection. 


Day 8 (October 9) Jerusalem—Be inspired by the breathtaking beauty of Jerusalem (“the Golden City”) as you stand on the Mount of Olives, the place from which Jesus ascended into heaven forty days after His resurrection.  Visit the Church of Peter Noster, walk the Palm Sunday Road, stopping briefly at the tear-shaped Dominus Flevit Church, where Jesus wept over Jerusalem.  Celebrate Mass in the Garden of Gethsemane, where Jesus prayed before His crucifixion.  On Mount Zion, see the House of the High Priest Caiaphas, where Jesus was imprisoned the night of His arrest.  Nearby is the Upper Room, revered as the location of the Last Supper.  Conclude your day by visiting the Church of the Dormition of Mary


Day 9 (October 10) Jerusalem & The Old City—Take time to pray at the Western Wall, which is all that remains of Herod’s Temple.  Sit on the Teaching Steps where Jesus once taught.  Take a leisurely stroll down the Cardo, the main street of the Old City, where modern shops stand between ancient ones.  View the Pool of Bethesda, where Jesus performed the Sabbath miracle of healing, and sing a hymn in the Church of St. Anne, renowned for its beautiful acoustics.  At Herod’s Antonia Fortress, see where Jesus was brought before Pontius Pilate.  Walk the Via Dolorosa, “the Way of the Cross,” and celebrate the Mass of the Resurrection at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre