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Lisa Live from the Holy Land - Jerash to the Holy Land


Lisa Garland from the Catholic Diocese of Parramatta is reporting for us live from the Holy Land, as she undertakes the 'Exodus Journey' Pilgrimage.

Led by Rouse Hill's Our Lady of the Angels Parish Priest Fr Warren Edwards, the 20-day biblical pilgrimage from Cairo to Jerusalem is making its way through the desert wilderness of the prophets, culminating in the Holy Land of Jesus.

5 September - Jerash to the Holy Land

Lisa Garland at the Jordan River
Lisa (right) and Rouse Hill Parish piligrm Selina by the Jordan River.

Site of the Baptism of Jesus
The now-dry site of Jesus' baptism at the Jordan River.
I was a bit sad that we only had one night to spend at the Dead Sea...but pushing on brought us closer to the Holy Land today!

We came first to Bethany Beyond the Jordan where the five springs for a branch of the Jordan River and is believed to be the Baptismal site of Jesus by John the Baptist. Here we renewed our baptismal vows and had the opportunity to actually bottle some water from the Jordan River.

Travelling north, we came to Jerash, a well preserved Roman Town in Jordan. It was so cool! It was like going back in time, seeing all the remains and using my imagination to restore them. We walked up to the Temple of Artemis where we got a good view of the Street of Columns then went inside the theatre. The structure was amazing, one of the other pilgrims who had been to the Colosseum in Rome even said this theatre was better preserved.

Leaving Jerash, we headed to the Jordan River border to cross into Israel, the Holy Land. Here we go again with the passport thing. “Why do you have a New Zealand Passport?”, “How do you know all these other Australians?”, “Where do you live?”. Oh my goodness. I was just thinking in my head, ‘we’re going to the Holy Land; we’re going to the Holy Land’.

After finally getting a fellow colleague to double check my passport, they let me through! Yippee! We were in the Holy Land! Absolutely unbelievable, the Land where Jesus Christ himself walked. Our next hotel sat on the shores of Lake Galilee, I’m screaming with joy inside my head!

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