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Lisa Live from the Holy Land - Mt Tabor, Nazareth & Cana


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.

September 6 - Mt Tabor, Nazareth & Cana

Lisa Garland at Three Faiths Lookout
Lisa Garland and pilgrimage leader, Rouse Hill's Our Lady of the Angels Parish Priest Fr Warren Edwards, at Three Faiths Lookout to stand on the Mt of Precipice/The Leaping Mountain


I’m not complaining, but the wake up calls seem to be getting earlier.

Actually we used to never get wake up calls: we just set our alarms on our phones.

This morning, RING RING RING RING at 6am! However, lucky we did wake up so early as we needed the whole day for all the things we did today.

Mt Tabor, where Our Lord’s divinity shone forth in the Transfiguration, was our first destination. We rode up in large taxis on a long, winding road to the top of the mountain. Entering the gate, the area was surrounded by beautiful statues, flowers and stone walls. We said a beautiful Mass celebrated by Fr Warren and Fr Ray inside the Franciscan church, decorated by beautiful mosaic.

We made our descent and continued on to Nain where Jesus brought the dead son back to life.

The bus then took us to the Three Faiths Lookout to stand on the Mt of Precipice/The Leaping Mountain where the people of Nazareth tried to throw Jesus off the mountain, here we sat and listened to the reading of this event from the bible.

Near tears in Nazareth

Basilica of the Annunciation, Nazareth
Basilica of the Annunciation, Nazareth.

We then moved on to Nazareth where we ventured into Nazareth Village, a recreation of the town and village life of Nazareth as in the days of Jesus.

First we were taken through rooms with a tour guide showing pictures and explaining a bit about the history of Nazareth, then we came to the room that showed how a carpenter worked, his tools, his pieces and talked about how Jesus would have taken over the carpentry after Joseph.

The lights in the room were off except for one shining on the carpenter’s table and tools. In two seconds, all I could see was Nazareth at the time of Jesus and wanted nothing more than to be in that time with him: I didn’t want to be in this world, in this time that I’m in now. I wished that I was with Christ watching him use his tools in the real land of much that I had to stop myself from spilling tears!

After seeing reconstructions of olive and wine presses, synagogues and houses, we all sat together for a meal made of food common in the time of Jesus.

Our final stops for the day included the Basilica of the Annunciation where we could actually see Mary’s house inside the church - absolutely surreal - the Church of St Joseph, Mary’s well, a traditional Jewish Synagogue and Cana where Jesus performed the miracle of turning water to wine at the wedding.

Here, married couples also had the opportunity to renew their wedding vows. It was adorable!

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