Jan 7 -- The Pilgrimage Begins!

With three buses, the pilgrims visited the archeological site of Caesarea, built by Herod the Great in honor of Augustus Caesar. The site includes Herod's Seaside Palace, a restored Crusader fortification, a Byzantine street, a Roman theater and well-preserved aqueducts. Jeff addressed the pilgrims in the Roman theatre, a perfect setting for our tour orientation and teaching. A further drive up the coast brought the group to Mount Carmel for Mass where the prophet Elijah slew the false prophets of Ba’al (1 Kings 18.)  Then we visited Megiddo, the ancient chariot city of King Solomon that overlooks the valley of Armageddon. Then we traveled to the Sea of Galilee to Kibbutz Ein Gev right on the shore where we will stay for 3 nights.

Sitting in the Theatre in Caesarea

Ruins of Herod's Palace

Pilgrims at Caesarea

Pauline near Herod's Palace ruinsOn top of Mt. Carmel

Jeff & Emily at Megiddo 

Gate of Crusader Fortress

Mass at Mt. Carmel