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Reading Luke in the Holy Land

Dublin Diocesan Biblical Pilgrimage
for deacons and their wives

19-27 February 2019

To see what each site has to offer, click on the links in the daily schedule.
To help make the most of the trip, here are the resources for the lectures on the various days
Tuesday 19 February
Depart Dublin via Istanbul to Tel Aviv. On arrival meet and greet at the airport and transfer to
Tiberias for check in and overnight.

Wednesday 20 February
Meditation. Breakfast followed by Biblical lecture.

Capernaum and Tabgha. Ascend the Mount of Beatitudes. After lunch boat trip on the Sea of Galilee followed by a visit to the museum to see the Ancient Boat. Visit the first century synagogue and new church at Magdala. Celebrate Mass in the Boat Chapel here at 16.00 hrs. Dinner and overnight in Tiberias.

Thursday 21 February
Meditation. Breakfast followed by Biblical lecture.

We drive to
Caesarea Philippi, one of the sources of the Jordan River. Drive to the Golan Heights, view Mount Heron and see the Druze Villages. Return to hotel for Mass before dinner. Overnight Tiberias.

Friday 22 February
Meditation. No lecture after breakfast.

Drive to
Mount Tabor and celebrate Mass in the Basilica at 10.00 hrs. Drive to Nazareth. Visit Sepphoris. Then onwards to Cana before returning to Tiberias for dinner and overnight.

Lecture before dinner.

Saturday 23 February
Meditation. Breakfast followed by Biblical lecture and Mass.

Travel through the Jordan Valley visiting
Beth Shean. Then on to the river Jordan Baptismal Site before arriving in Jerusalem. Check in to hotel. Dinner and overnight Jerusalem.

Sunday 24 February
Meditation. Breakfast followed by Biblical lecture.

Walk from the
Mosque of the Ascension to Dominus Flevit. Celebrate Mass here at 11.00 hrs. Visit the Garden of Gethsemane and St Stephen’s Orthodox Church.
Afterwards walk along the
Via Dolorosa to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. Return to hotel for dinner and overnight in Jerusalem.

Monday 25 February
Meditation before breakfast.

Drive to the
Temple Mount to see the Western Wall. Visit St Peter in Gallicantu and celebrate Mass here at 11.00 hrs. After lunch visit Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial and the model of the Old City and Shrine of the Book at the Israel Museum.

Return to hotel for lecture followed by dinner and overnight in Jerusalem.

Tuesday 26 February
Meditation. Breakfast followed by Biblical lecture.

Drive to
Bethlehem and celebrate Mass at 11.00 hrs in the Church of Nativity. 14.00 hrs approx. meet with St. Yves Society.
Dinner and overnight in Jerusalem.

Wednesday 27 February
Breakfast at hotel. Transfer to Ben Gurion Airport in time for your return flight to Dublin.

Tour Guide
Louis Michel: Mobile number: 00 972 50 5244 624 (dialling from an Irish mobile)

Tour organisers
Rev. John Gilligan - mobile number 087 - 4103239
Rev. Paddy Sweeney: mobile +353 (87) 927 4125

Dr Kieran J. O’Mahony, OSA: mobile 0863390247

Full set of Handouts PDF
Full set of Handouts ePub

Slides (pdf)
Lecture 1: Introduction
Lecture 2:
Preaching in Nazareth
Lecture 3:
The Sermon on the Plain
Lecture 4: Prayer
Lecture 5:
The Transfiguration
Lecture 6: The Cross
Lecture 7: Emmaus

Preparatory Talk:
Archaeology of Jerusalem

Further Resources

Eucharist each day


Places and suggested readings for prayer moments

Here are some ideas for texts to use in different places. Click on the links to see the texts. Do feel free to use other passages or to make the reading longer etc.

Wednesday 20 February

  1. Capernaum: Luke 4:31-40
  2. Tabgha: Luke 9:12-17
  3. Beatitudes: Luke 6:17-21
  4. Boat: Luke 8:22-25

Thursday 21 February

  1. Caesarea Philippi: Luke 9:18-22
  2. Jordan: Luke 3:1-9

Friday 22 February

  1. Nazareth: Luke 4:16-22
  2. Sepphoris: Luke 14:1-11
  3. Cana: John 2:1-11

Saturday 23 February

  1. Beth Shean: 1 Samuel 31:1-10
  2. Baptismal Site: Luke 3:21-22

Sunday 24 February

  1. Mosque of the Ascension: Acts 1:6-11
  2. Gethsemane: Luke 22:39-46
  3. St Stephen’s: Acts 7:54-60
  4. Cross: Luke 23:44-49
  5. Resurrection: Luke 24:1-12

Monday 25 February
Tuesday 26 February (none)