Day 4, Jan 10

10 JAN ~ Tuesday ~ Primacy of Peter, Mt. of Beatitudes, Bet Shean, Jericho, Dead Sea ~   With an early morning start, we had mass at St. Peter’s Primacy on the shore of the Galilee where we also sang a blessing over the three priest on this significant site. Then we visited the Mt. of Beatitudes to spend some time in quiet prayer and meditation on a lovely, sunny day. As we traveled down the Jordan Valley we also visited Bet She’an, a Roman city that has been restored enough to see the excavations of the streets and shops as they originally were. We passed by the oasis of Jericho (Joshua 2, 6; Luke 19:1-10) and the Mount of Temptation (Matthew 4:1-11) before our first view of this unique body of water, the Dead Sea. Our hotel, Le Meridien, is on the shore of the Dead Sea. Many took a dip on the sea while others visited the indoor warm Dead Sea water pools which many people enjoyed.