Fr. Shawn P. Tunink

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Holy Land 2006 – 2007

In the winter of 2006-07, I had the once in a lifetime opportunity to travel with my seminary class to the Holy Land and spend almost 3 months there. During that time, I posted reflections and pictures from my pilgrimage on my previous blog. I have recreated those entries now on this new site to make them permanently available. At the time of the initial writing, nearly 100 people followed my day to day journey through the Holy Land. I pray that these posts will continue to inspire those who find them with a great love of Jesus and this special place where he pitched his tent among us.

Going to the Holy LandIntroduction
Day 1Travel
Day 2Zurich, Switzerland
Day 3Arrive in Israel
Day 4Church of the Nativity, Bethlehem
Day 5Church of the Nativity, Milk Grotto, Bethlehem University
Day 6Study Day
Day 7Monastery of Mar Saba, Shepherds’ Fields
Day 8Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception
Day 9Christian Division
Day 10St. Catherine’s Church, Bethlehem
Day 11Solomon’s Pool, Tomb of the Patriarchs
Day 12Muslim Call to Prayer
Day 13Qumran, En Gedi, Masada, Dead Sea
Day 14Class
Day 15Class
Day 16Decorating Bethlehem for Christmas
Day 17Caesarea, Mt. Carmel, Nazareth
Day 18Cana, Mt. Tabor, Church of the Transfiguration, Megiddo, Nazareth
Day 19Nazareth, Jericho, Mt. of Temptation, St. George Monastery
Day 20Photo Organizing
Day 21Class
Day 22Ecumenical Prayer Gathering, Concert for Life and Peace
Day 23Christmas Party for an Orphanage
Day 24Melkite Church, Arrival of the Patriarch
Day 25Midnight Mass, Christmas Day in Bethlehem
Day 26The Manger at Christmas
Day 27The Date of Christmas, Snow in Bethlehem
Day 28More Snow
Day 29Mass with the Patriarch, The Holy Land Situation
Day 30Tour of the Cave of the Nativity
Day 31New Year’s Eve
Day 32Goodbye to Bethlehem, Traveling North
Day 33Zippori, Bet Sharim, Nazareth, Home of the Holy Family
Day 34Akko, Chorazin, Kursi
Day 35Sea of Galilee, Capernaum, Tabgha, Primacy of Peter
Day 36Sea of Galilee, Hazor, Dan, Caesarea Philippi
Day 37Mt. of the Beatitudes
Day 38Up to Jerusalem
Day 39Jerusalem, Holy Sepulcher, Mt. of Olives
Day 40Notre Dame Center
Day 41Jerusalem, Western Wall
Day 42Holy Sepulcher, St. Anne, Bethesda
Day 43Shabbat
Day 44Gethsemane, Tomb of the Virgin, Dominus Flevit, Pater Noster, Ascension
Day 45Greek Patriarchate Church
Day 46Study
Day 47Jewish Presentation, The Resurrection
Day 48Calvary, Bani Nayim
Day 49Temple Mount, Dome of the Rock, Al Aqsa Mosque
Day 50Jewish/Catholic Presentation
Day 51Shabbat
Day 52Armenian Catholic and Orthodox Churches
Day 53Tower of David Museum
Day 54Church of the Visitation, Ein Karem, Yad VaShem, Bethany
Day 55Church of the Dormition of Mary, Peter in Gallicantu, House of Caiaphas
Day 56Christian Unity Week Gathering
Day 57Study
Day 58St. Savior, Oskar Schindler’s Tomb, More Peter in Gallicantu
Day 58.5All-Night Vigil at the Holy Sepulcher
Day 59Negev Desert, Beer Sheva, Avdat
Day 60Negev Desert, Makhtesh Ramon
Day 61Study
Day 62City of David, Water Tunnel System, Pool of Siloam, Western Wall
Day 63 – Ascension, John the Baptist Chapel, Pater Noster, Mary Magdalene
Day 64Jerusalem, Rock of Agony, Stone Pavement, Shroud of Turin Exhibit
Day 65Rest
Day 66Mount Joy, Samuel, Abu Gosh, Emmaus
Day 67Super Bowl Monday
Day 68Via Dolorosa, Temple Excavations, Kidron Valley, City of David
Day 69Armenian Orthodox Cathedral of St. James
Day 70Hezekiah’s Tunnel, Gihon Spring, Pool of Siloam
Day 71Temple Mount Controversy and Study Day
Day 72Dominus Flevit, Mount of Olives, Bethlehem Farewell Dinner
Day 73Goodbye