Wednesday, January 12

We began the day at St. Peter's Primacy where we held mass and also had an opportunity to bless our priests and deacons with song as they stood on the shore of the Sea of Galilee like St. Peter did. Then we walked a short distance to Tabgha, the site of the multiplication of the loaves and fishes. We departed the Galilee though the Jordan Valley to the Dead Sea. Then we traveled down the Jordan Valley to visit Bet She’an, a Roman city that has been restored enough to see the excavations of the streets and shops as they originally were. On the ride south, we passed by the oasis of Jericho (Joshua 2, 6; Luke 19:1-10) and the Mount of Temptation (Matthew 4:1-11) before seeing our first view of the unique body of water, the Dead Sea. We arrived at our spa hotel which has indoor warm Dead Sea water pools for those who did not want to walk down to the actual sea to float in the buoyant water.