The View from Nazareth
The second of our guest blogs from the Holy Land, this time written by teacher and chaperone Shawna Rembold.
This morning we were able to sleep in a little bit. Everyone was asleep by 10:30 P. M. last night and our wake up call was at 7 A.M. this morning. After a nice breakfast at the hotel, we hopped on the bus and headed up to Mt. Tabor where Jesus was transfigured. The church was so beautiful, but the views even more so. We went to the roof of the church where we were able to look over the valley. After Mt. Tabor, we went to Cana, where Jesus transformed water into wine. We stayed there for only a short time, and the students prayed for their future spouses. After Cana, the group got back on the bus and travelled to the Basilica of the Annunciation where we celebrated Mass together. We also saw Joseph’s house and Mary’s well. Our tour guide informed us the well was the main source of water for Jerusalem until 1950! After dinner, Father took a group of us to the top of Nazareth, where we could see the entire city. The walk up to the top was not an easy one, but it was worth it! We walked about three miles uphill, on cobblestone pathways, at times at a 40-degree angle. After taking our fill of photos, we headed back to the hotel for dinner. Father Daniel took a small group of us down the street for some gelato. Many of us ate much more than we needed… but we earned it! Finally, back at the hotel, we joked and shared some laughs before heading into our rooms for the night. We have an early morning tomorrow!