St Pauls

DAY 01 — HOUSTON/FRANKFURT

DAY 02 — Rome: Mass at St Paul Outside the Walls Church

Arrive in Frankfurt then change planes to Rome. Upon arrival, you will be met by your tour guide and have a tour of Rome to include: St. Paul’s Church outside the Walls, and the ancient catacombs where early Christians were buried, and the Trevi Fountain. Then you will be transferred to your hotel for dinner and overnight in Rome. Mass at St Paul Outside the Walls Church

Papal Audience

DAY 03 — Mass at St Mary Major

ROME/PAPAL AUDIENCE: This morning, attend the Papal Audience if the Holy Father is in Rome. Then you will have a tour of Basilicas of St. Mary Major and St. John Lateran (Cathedral of Rome), and the Holy Cross in Jerusalem. This basilica was consecrated around 325 to house the Passion Relics brought to Rome from the Holy Land by St. Helena of Constantinople, mother of the Roman Emperor Constantine. At that time, the basilica floor was covered with soil from Jerusalem, thus acquiring the title in Jerusalem. Return to your hotel for dinner and overnight in Rome. Mass at St Mary Major

St Peters

DAY 04 — Mass at St Peter’s Basilica

ROME: Visit Vatican City, including St. Peter’s Basilica, largest church in the world, the Vatican museum with its halls of paintings, tapestries, and statuary, and the breathtaking Sistine Chapel. See the Mamertine Prison, where Paul was imprisoned, view the Roman Forum, the Colosseum, and the St. Peter in Chains Church, containing Michaelangelo’s masterpiece, the Statue of Moses. Enjoy a visit to Trevi Fountain before returning to your hotel for dinner and overnight. Mass at St Peter’s Basilica

Assisi

DAY 05 — Mass at St Francis of Assisi Basilica

ASSISI: Morning departure to Assisi where we will visit St. Francis Basilica; where we will have Mass, and see the Chapel of St. Catherine. Tour of Assisi to include St. Francis Chapel, the Rose Garden, Francis Cave, and the chapel of Francis death. See the Tomb of St. Francis, then visit St. Claire’s Church where her body lies intact and where the famous St. Damiano Crucifix; who spoke to St. Francis is located. Dinner and overnight in Rome. Mass at St Francis of Assisi Basilica

Mt Carmel

DAY 06 — Mass at Mt Carmel

ROME / TEL AVIV / MT CARMEL / STELLA MARIS / CAESAREA / TIBERIAS

This morning transfer to the airport for your flight to Tel Aviv. Upon arrival you will be met and we travel via the coast to Caesarea, where the Romans held Paul prisoner. Visit the Roman and Crusader ruins and continue onto Stella Maris, a Carmelite Monastery with the Madonna of Mt. Carmel. Drive through the Jezreel Valley to Tiberias for dinner and overnight. Mass at Mt Carmel

MT BEATITUDES

DAY 07 — Mass at Mt Beatitudes

THE MINISTRY OF CHRIST IN GALILEE: TIBERIAS / BOAT RIDE ON SEA OF GALILEE/ CAPERNAUM/ MT BEATITUDES

Some of today’s highlights are a boat ride across the Sea of Galilee, Capernaum to see the synagogue and St. Peter’s house, the Mount of the Beatitudes where the Sermon on the Mount was given and have Mass, and onto Tabgha to see the splendid mosaic about the miracle of the loaves and fishes, and the nearby Church of Peter’s Primacy where Peter was told “Feed my lambs, feed my sheep.” Dinner and overnight at your hotel in Tiberias. Mass at Mt Beatitudes

Jerusalem

DAY 08 — Mass at the Basilica of the Annunciation in Nazareth

JERUSALEM / CANA / NAZARETH / MT. TABOR / JERUSALEM

We start the day with a visit to Cana, the village of Jesus’ first miracle of changing water into wine; here couples may renew their wedding vows. Continue to the Basilica of Annunciation in Nazareth and visit Mary’s Well and the Church of the Angel Gabriel and have Mass. Continue to Mount Tabor, scene of the Transfiguration. Afterwards drive through the Jordan Valley and then up through the Judean hills to the Holy City of Jerusalem. Dinner and overnight in Jerusalem. Mass at the Basilica of the Annunciation in Nazareth

Church of Nativity

DAY 09 — Mass at the Church of Nativity

JERUSALEM / HOLY CITY /BETHLEHEM / CHURCH OF THE NATIVITY / CHURCH OF VISITATION/ BETHLEHEM UNIVERSITY / SHEPHERD’S FIELDS

On the first day in Jerusalem we head to the village of Ein Karem, the birthplace of St. John the Baptist and to the Church of Visitation where the Blessed Virgin Mary visited her cousin, Elizabeth, and proclaimed the ‘Magnificat’. Continue to Bethlehem to visit the University, the only Catholic University in the Holy Land, which is supported by the Order. In the afternoon, we drive to the Shepherd’s Fields where the angels announced the birth of Jesus. Then we visit the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem that stands upon the site where Jesus was born and celebrate mass at the Nativity. Dinner and overnight at the hotel in Jerusalem. Mass at the Church of Nativity

Mt Tabor

DAY 10 — Mass at Mt Tabor

THE WILDERNESS: BETHANY / JERICHO / MT TEMPTATION / DEAD SEA

Drive to Mt. Tabor, site of the Transfiguration, where we will have Mass. The desert east of Jerusalem is rich in Christian tradition. Further east, just off the Roman road that Jesus walked, is Wadi Qelt gorge, site of the Monastery of St. George. At the oasis town of Jericho, visit the excavations of the oldest city in the world and view Mt. Temptation where Jesus fasted and was tempted by Satan. On the way back there is time for a swim (or rather a float!) in the mineral-rich waters of the Dead Sea, renowned for its healing properties. Dinner and overnight at the hotel in Jerusalem. Mass at Mt Tabor

Cenacle

DAY 11 — Mass at the Cenacle

JERUSALEM, THE PASSION OF JESUS’ LAST HOURS: MT. OLIVES/PALM SUNDAY/ DOMINUS FLEVIT/ GETHSEMANE/ CAVE OF BETRAYAL/ CAVE OF ASSUMPTION/ PATER NOSTER/ UPPER ROOM/ ST. PETER IN GALLICANTU

We begin our day on the Mt. of Olives to walk the Palm Sunday route stopping at Dominus Flevit, where Jesus wept over Jerusalem. Drive to Gethsemane, the Rock of Agony where Jesus prayed His last prayer before his arrest, to have Mass. Visit the cave of betrayal then the cave of the Assumption of Mary to heaven. Back on the Mt. of Olives we visit the Pater Noster with the Lord’s Prayer in many languages. Drive through the Kidron Valley to St. Peter in Gallicantu where Peter denied Him thrice. At the Cenacle, we visit the Upper Room of the Last Supper. We finish the day at Dormition Abbey where we believe the Blessed Mary died. Dinner and overnight at the hotel in Jerusalem. Mass at the Cenacle

Holy Sepulchre

DAY 12 — Solemn High Mass at Holy Sepulchre

STATIONS OF THE CROSS / CHURCH OF THE HOLY SEPULCHRE / LATIN PATRIARCH / ST ANNES / WAILING WALL

We begin to retrace the last steps of Jesus as we walk along the Via Dolorosa (Way of Sorrow), through the markets of the Old City praying the Stations of the Cross, we reflect on the greatness of His sacrifice. Celebrate Solemn High Mass at the Holy Tomb. After breakfast, at our hotel we visit the Latin Patriarch and participate in the Pilgrim Shell Ceremony. Visit St. Anne’s Church, the home of the Virgin Mary and her parents Saints Joachim and Anne. We pass the Ecce Homo where Pilate proclaimed “Behold the man”; then the Wailing Wall, the most holy place for Jews. Nearby is the Dome of the Rock and the Haram al Sharif or Temple Mount. Dinner and overnight at the hotel in Jerusalem. Solemn High Mass at Holy Sepulchre

DAY 13 — FRANKFURT / HOUSTON

This morning, transfer to the airport and fly to Houston.