Holy Land Pilgrimage -- Day Five

Today we visited Masada, the wilderness palace fortress built by Herod the Great.   We ascended by cable car to tour the site. It was difficult to view the area due to a foggy dust blowing in from the Sahara Desert. We then stopped near the place where the Jordan empties into the Dead Sea, where Jeff taught about Elijah and John the Baptist. Msgr. Pricco led the group in a renewal of baptismal vows. Later, many adventurous people took a brief swim (float) in the Dead Sea. Then we stopped at Qumran to see the cave where the Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered. Mass was held in the evening at Notre Dame church near the hotel.

Pilgrims at Masada

Renewal of Baptism near Jordan River

Bridget at the Dead Sea

Eugene Ochaki in the Dead Sea

Fr. Rick & Msgr Pricco (Indiana Jones Priests)

Mary Ellen Potter in the Dead Sea

Phadual with Dead Sea mask

Thomas and his father Vern