Why an Easter Pilgrimage in the Holy Land- Visit the Place Of Jesus Crucifixion in Jerusalem.
Easter is a particularly meaningful time to walk in the footsteps of Jesus in the Holy Land.
Its a time Christians from all over the world come together to commemorate the sufferings crucifixion and death of Jesus Christ our Saviour. We believe its one of the greatest times you can explore the Bible land of your dreams for quite reflexion walking in the footsteps of our Saviour!
A Jerusalem pilgrimage currently promises an unforgettable spiritual experience with overwhelming emotions, excitement and adventure. Walking through these marvellous Biblical historic and Aarchaeological places, the city exposes you the special religious way of life of different religious sects Christian Jews Muslims sites culture attire customs & cuisine.
People’s single greatest expression when they return from a visit to Israel is, “I’ll never be the same.” Something about sailing on the Sea of Galilee, walking the streets of Jerusalem, and viewing the empty tomb creates an eternal change of heart and spirit. Wherever you go, you can sense God’s presence. When you visit Israel, God’s Word becomes clearer, your faith becomes deeper, and your passion for the Lord becomes stronger. We believe that, once you visit Israel, your faith is renewed.
For Christians, reasons for going on pilgrimage include:
- Set aside time for God and feel closer to him
- To discern His will and guidance at times of transition or difficulty
- Be strengthened in faith
- Reading your Bible with better understanding and Clarity.
- To feel inspired by the communion of saints who walk on the way of Faith.
Be open to those you meet and be prepared to help one another. And mark your journey in some way—perhaps by keeping a journal, a diary, taking photos, sketching or writing poetry.
Here are some must see sites to visit during your Easter Pilgrimage, This is just to give you a sample of the incredible sites in Israel that you can visit, the following is a list of some of the most popular sites in the Holy Land, many of which will be of interest to Christian tourists its important to note that you can’t visit all the sites in one trip
Suggested Sites to visit;
Tel Aviv Yaffo (Jaffa) – Israel’s most vibrant city – heart of a metropolitan area of 4 million people, on the Mediterranean. First known record of Jaffa/Joppa is 4,000 years ago. Home of Simon the Tanner, where Peter stayed (Acts 9:36-42). Old Town reconstructed into art and entertainment center.
Bethlehem ; Translated as House of Bread The birthplace of both King David and Jesus. Visit the Church of the Nativity, the Shepherds’ Fields Milk Grotto and Rachel’s Tomb. A small city set on a hill.
Galilee Golan Heights – Northern region of Israel where Jesus first called the twelve disciples. Also where Jesus performed numerous miracles. The Christian Sites of the North –Galilee:
The Gospels record many miracles that Jesus performed at the Sea of Galilee, and this is my favourite site. !! there’s nothing like an early-morning boat ride to get acquainted with this beautiful and still vital body of water known as “Lake Kinneret” to Israelis.
The Church of Primacy of St Peter.
This Church at Tabgha is remembered for Jesus ‘third appearance to his disciples after His Resurrection, when He tested and commissioned St. Peter as the Leader of the New Church.
Church of Multiplication of Loaves and Fishes, Tranquil Tabgha, on the north-western shore of thee Sea of Galilee, is best known for Christ’s miraculous multiplication of loaves and fish to feed a multitude.
Tabgha – Traditional site of miracle of the loaves and fishes. Byzantine mosaic floor.
Jericho – Oldest city in the world.
Mount of Beatitudes– Site of the Sermon on the Mount. Franciscan church, hospice, and gardens.
Nazareth – Basilica of the Annunciation, Church of St. Joseph, the Synagogue Church, and Mary’s Well.
Cana – Site of Jesus’ first miracle of turning water into wine. Visit Franciscan and Greek churches.
The capital of the state of Israel for 3,000 years.Jerusalem, the capital city of Israel, has attracted millions of pilgrims over thousands of years, owing to its eternal history tied to the religious roots of Jews, Christians and Muslims. It holds the privilege of being the world’s Holiest city and has a wondrous story to tell every visitor who comes on our life changing Jerusalem tour. The very walls and stones of the city and the whispering winds of the lanes relate its eventful history. Jerusalem holds a central spot on ancient maps of the world and has been praised and adored with seventy names.
- Ein Karem: Birthplace of John the Baptist.
- Holy Land model: Scale stone model of Jerusalem at the time of Jesus.
- Shrine of the Book, home of the Dead Sea Scrolls.
- Tower of David Museum of the History of Jerusalem
- Bible Lands History Museum.
- Garden Tomb: Believed by many to be the site of the crucifixion, burial and resurrection of Jesus.
- Mount of Olives.
- Garden of Gethsemane.
- Mount Zion: Burial place of King David and traditional site of the Last Supper.
- Via Dolorosa: Way of the Cross.
- Antonia Fortress: Site of Jesus’ trial.
- Church of the Holy Sepulchre: Traditional site of the crucifixion, burial, and resurrection of Jesus.
- Stephen’s Gate.
- Western Wall and the Western Wall Tunnels.
- Temple Mount.
- Cardo and the Herodian Quarter.
- The Hulda Steps: most probably used by Jesus to the Temple Mount.
- City of David.
- Lions Gate (St. Stephen’s Gate)-St. Anne’s Church-Stations of the Cross
- Solomon’s – Reservoirs built in Herodian period to supply water to Jerusalem.
Sites of particular importance at this time are:
The Church of the Holy Sepulchre:
Revered by Roman Catholic, Greek Orthodox, Coptic, Syrian Orthodox and Armenian Catholics as the site of the crucifixion, burial and resurrection, of Jesus this landmark in the Christian Quarter of the Old City of Jerusalem encompasses the last six of the 14 Stations of the Cross (Via Dolorosa). Worthy of note is the Mid night mass to commemorate the Resurrection of Jesus from the Tomb. here Pilgrims from all over the world Gather a great place to be at this time!
The Garden Tomb, North of Damascus Gate in Jerusalem’s Old City, is believed by many Protestants to be the garden and Sepulchre of Joseph of Arimathea, and therefore a possible site of the resurrection of Jesus. The Garden Tomb is owned and administered by a Christian non-denominational charitable trust based in the United Kingdom.
Mount of Olives:
On Palm Sunday at the beginning of Holy Week, a procession on Palm Sunday Road leads from the Mount of Olives lookout point down to the Garden of Gethsemane at its foot and on to the Lion’s Gate (St. Stephen’s Gate) of the Old City, following the traditional path Jesus took in his triumphal entry to the Holy City as recorded in the Gospel of John with palm fronds and all what a delightful sight !
The view from the Mount of Olives includes the Hinnom and Kidron valleys, the Golden Gate to Mount Moriah, the Temple Mount, Mount Zion and City of David. On the eastern slope is Bethany, where a church marks the home of Lazarus, Mary and Martha, and where visitors can descend and emerge from the traditional tomb of Lazarus.
Garden of Gethsemane: It is a great place to meditate on the sorrow of Jesus.
According to the Gospels, Jesus prayed with his disciples in the Garden of Gethsemane until authorities arrested him early on Friday morning before the crucifixion, commemorated on Good Friday. Gethsemane means “olive press” in Greek, and in Jesus’ time this was indeed an olive grove. Some very old olive trees are still alive in the garden. Floor-to ceiling mosaics in the 1920s Church of All Nations illustrate the events in Jesus’ life that took place at this site.
Church of St. Peter in Gallicantu on Mount Zion:
Located just outside Jerusalem’s Old City, on the eastern slope of Mount Zion, the Roman Catholic Church of St. Peter in Gallicantu is situated on the spot where, according to tradition, Jesus was jailed after his arrest by the Romans. The church’s name is a reference to the crowing of the cock during Peter’s triple denial of Jesus. and, in the courtyard, a statue that describes Jesus’ denial by Peter.In the chambers below are dungeons where He might have been imprisoned.
It’s a great pleasure to have you on our trips to Israel as a returning or first time pilgrim its always of spiritual benefit when you encourage and sponsor loved ones to the Bible land to explore the Holy sites .You need time to pray about your journey and prepare spiritually and financially we provide you with a packaged tour so you can travel stress free. Feel free to contact us for other tour dates apart from Easter .
We love to hear about your travel plans simply fill the contact us form on our site for our available travel packages .