Galilee and Nazareth

Mary Dillon from St Cecilia's Parish continues her journey through the Holy Land.

We are now in Galilee in the area around Tiberius; a green and fertile land, an oasis in the desert, that's how beautiful it is.  The population in Tiberius is Jewish and the town is controlled by the local Rabbis.  Our hotel, the Ron Beach is beautiful and every room faces the Sea of Galilee.

This morning we went to Mount Tabor, the site of the Transfiguration.  To reach the top we had to use taxis and I was surprised that my stomach was still in the same place when we reached the top.  The temperature even at 9 a.m,. is around 40c.  The Basilica is stunning and we celebrated Mass with the Main Celebrant being Father Grant.  The church is filled with wonder and mystery, the sides of the altar adorned with paintings of angels.  When Father Grant gave his homily it made me feel how good it was to be a follower of the Lord.

We are now on our way to Nazareth, passing the village of Nain where Jesus raised the widow's son.  In Nazareth we visited the Basilica of the Annunciation which was built not so long ago.  The Basilica has the most amazing stained-glass windows, not unlike the ones in our own Cathedral.  At the top of a winding staircase were some incredible mosaics of different images of Our Lady donated by different countries including our own Our Lady of Walsingham.

After lunching in Nazareth we were taken to Cana to the church commemorating the first miracle of Jesus.  Fathers Mark, Grant and Michael blessed all married couples, even those who didn't have their spouses with them or who had died.  This was such a moving part of the day.  There was an immense feeling of joy all around the Group, and again we all feel blessed to be part of so many special days.