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Bethlehem, The Christmas Church, Lunch at the Bannoura Family Home, and The Herodium

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Sunday, June 12 Today, we drove to Bethlehem in Palestine and attended morning worship at the Evangelical Lutheran Christmas Church.  We arrived a bit early so decided to walk through the old part of town and the open air markets. It was a beautiful morning! The...

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Tags: bethlehem, edola, edola5g, episcopal, figs, jerusalem, pilgrimage, travel, taboon bread, herodium, stone oven

Bethphage, Dominus Flevit, Gethsemane, St. Peter's in Gallicantu, the Dead Sea, and Gathering Together

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Today, the North Carolina pilgrims got up and left very early to pray the Stations of the Cross in the Old City while the Louisiana pilgrims gathered a little later to walk the "Palm Sunday Walk" from Bethphage (Beth = house / Phage = figs) on the Mount of Olives to Gethsemane. We began...

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Tags: dead sea, edola, edola5g, episcopal, gethsemane, hospitality, jerusalem, pilgrimage, pilgrims, travel, bethphage, st. peter's in gallicantu

Burqin, Nablus, Jacob's Well, Taybeh, Kanafe, and Beer

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Friday, June 9 This morning, the Sisters of Nazareth made us a great breakfast and we set out early in separate groups (NC / LA).  Our Louisiana pilgrims drove through the region of Mt. Gilboa and mountains of Gilboe. Gilboa means boiling springs or bubbling springs. It was an...

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Tags: beer, blog, edola, edola5g, ephraim, episcopal, israel, orthodox, palestine, pilgrimage, pilgrims, travel, nablus, burqin, taybeh

Jordan River, Sea of Galilee, Eucharist on Mt. Hermon, Capernaum,Tabgha, and the Church of the Primacy of Peter

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Thursday, June 9 Today was absolutely packed and we left early again. I must say that while many of our pilgrims (myself included) are definitely not "morning people", leaving early has enabled us to arrive at various destinations without too much traffic, too many other tourists, and lets us...

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Tags: blog, capernaum, edola, edola5g, episcopal, galilee, jordan river, mount hermon, peter, pilgrimage, pilgrims, tabgha, travel

Zippori / Sepphoris, Caesarea Philippi, a Druze Village, and Fresh Cherries!

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This morning, we left Nazareth around 6:30 to drive north toward Syria to the excavated site of Zippori (Sepphoris). Zippori means bird. This place was on the trade route from Egypt to Mesopotamia. It was a stunning route with gorgeous landscapes and trees. We saw lots of horses along...

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Tags: caesarea philippi, edola, edola5g, episcopal, golan heights, israel, mt. hermon, springs, syria, travel, zippori, sepphoris

Desert Reflections, Jericho, Mt. of Temptation, and Nazareth

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This morning, we got up and left at 5:00 AM in silence - not simply because we were too weary to talk, but because we spent the morning in silent reflection on the way to Wadi Qelt. Wadi Qelt is the desert valley and stream leading from Jerusalem into the West Bank and to Jericho where it meets...

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Tags: desert, edola, edola5g, episcopal, holy land, jericho, moon, nazareth, pilgrimage, pilgrims, travel, mary's well, st. gabriel greek orthodox

Tekoa, Church of the Nativity, Peace Center, and Separation Wall

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Finally - decently well-rested, our group had breakfast around 6:30 today and left at 7:30 for Tekoa, the home of the prophet Amos (one of the twelve minor prophets.) Tekoa is an Israeli settlement in the Palestinian area of Judea's mountains and so the drive was scenic and very...

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Tags: bethlehem, caves, edola, edola5g, episcopal, jesus, travel, tekoa, peace center, olive groves

Namoura / Kullaj / Warbat - THE Most Fabulous Dessert!

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WARNING: You may make this dessert and never stop making it.  ADVICE: Send some to me, I'll help you do away with it! Kullaj is a Middle Eastern dessert that is FABULOSITY itself! It is also called Namoura and Warbat and consists of phyllo dough stuffed with a cheese custard, a hint of...

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Tags: desserts, edola, edola5g, episcopal, jerusalem, middle east, ramadan, namoura, warbat, kullaj

Western Wall, Dome of the Rock, and the Israel Museum!

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Today began with breakfast at 5:30. This was because, in spite of the expected cold snap of 95 degrees, we wanted to hit the cooler part of the morning and to avoid traffic. With Ramadan tomorrow, there were rumors of troubles at some public sites, including the Dome of the Rock.  We drove...

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Tags: dome of the rock, edola, edola5g, episcopal, holy land, pilgrimage, travel, western wall, blog. jerusalem

#EDOLA5G - Our First Day Exploring Jerusalem

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Today, after morning prayers at St. George's Cathedral, our pilgrims watched a short program about the dwindling number of Christians in the Holy Land. Then, we heard a fascinating lecture by John Peterson on the Church of the Holy Sepulchre / The Church of the Resurrection, the...

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Tags: blog, edola, edola5g, episcopal, heat, hot, jerusalem, resurrection, sepulchre, travel, damascus gate, anointing stone

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