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July 2014

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Feast of Saint John the Baptist (O)

The birth of St. John the Baptist in Ein Kerem is celebrated with Divine Liturgies in the Greek Orthodox Church and in the “Gorniy Convent” followed by a procession denoting the departure of the Virgin Mary back to Nazareth.
 

Related sites worth visiting:
“Prodromos” (St. John the forerunner) Church in the Old City - one of the oldest churches in Jerusalem, holding relics of the Saint.

 

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Feast of Saint Peter and Saint Paul (O)

On the 12, the feast is celebrated in Capernaum on the Sea of Galilee.

On the 13, the feast of the Twelve Apostles is celebrated in the Church of the Apostles in Tiberias.

 

Related sites worth visiting:

  • Capernaum, “the town of Jesus” - ancient fishing village, the ancient Synagogue and the House of St. Peter.
  • Bethsaida, the birthplace of Saints Peter, Andrew and Philip - the ancient fishing village near the place where the Jordan  river enters the Sea of Galilee.
  •  “Jesus Boat” Museum in Kibbutz Ginossar
  • Jaffa and Caesarea (Acts 10).

 

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Feast of Saint Peter and Saint Paul (O)

On the 12, the feast is celebrated in Capernaum on the Sea of Galilee.

On the 13, the feast of the Twelve Apostles is celebrated in the Church of the Apostles in Tiberias.

 

Related sites worth visiting:

  • Capernaum, “the town of Jesus” - ancient fishing village, the ancient Synagogue and the House of St. Peter.
  • Bethsaida, the birthplace of Saints Peter, Andrew and Philip - the ancient fishing village near the place where the Jordan  river enters the Sea of Galilee.
  •  “Jesus Boat” Museum in Kibbutz Ginossar
  • Jaffa and Caesarea (Acts 10).

 

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Feast of the Prophet Elijah on Mount Carmel (C)

All local religions regard Elijah as a major Old Testament prophet. This day traditionally marks his ascension to heaven on a chariot of fire, and is celebrated in a cave which is identified as his hideout on Mount Carmel.

 

 

Highlights of the feast

Haifa, Church of Stella Maris - Although the cave in the Stella Maris church is the main venue for candle lighting, the whole area is fast becoming a focal point for pilgrimages and festive gatherings.

On the eve of the feast, July 19, the pilgrimage to the site begins, lasting until midnight.

On July 20th, four successive masses are celebrated in different liturgical styles in the Stella Maris church.

 

Related sites worth visiting:

  • Elijah’s Cave at the foothills of the Carmel.
  • Muhraka Monastery - on the site where Elijah the Prophet defeated the prophets of Baal (I Kings 18:17-40).
  • Nain - the site of the resurrecting of the widow’s son (Luke 7:11-17).
  • Qaser el Yahud on the Jordan River - where  Elijah was taken up by God (II Kings 2:11).

 

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Feast of the Prophet Elijah on Mount Carmel (C)

All local religions regard Elijah as a major Old Testament prophet. This day traditionally marks his ascension to heaven on a chariot of fire, and is celebrated in a cave which is identified as his hideout on Mount Carmel.

 

 

Highlights of the feast

Haifa, Church of Stella Maris - Although the cave in the Stella Maris church is the main venue for candle lighting, the whole area is fast becoming a focal point for pilgrimages and festive gatherings.

On the eve of the feast, July 19, the pilgrimage to the site begins, lasting until midnight.

On July 20th, four successive masses are celebrated in different liturgical styles in the Stella Maris church.

 

Related sites worth visiting:

  • Elijah’s Cave at the foothills of the Carmel.
  • Muhraka Monastery - on the site where Elijah the Prophet defeated the prophets of Baal (I Kings 18:17-40).
  • Nain - the site of the resurrecting of the widow’s son (Luke 7:11-17).
  • Qaser el Yahud on the Jordan River - where  Elijah was taken up by God (II Kings 2:11).

 

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