Then we made a trip to Nazareth and the Church of the Annunciation. This is set in the midst of a predominantly Muslim community and the voice of the Imams echoes across the valley. The Church is spectacular, modern and straddling the old site of supposedly Mary's house. The graphics and the mosaics are fantastic including one by and for Australia.
Next we visit a Nazareth Village a bit like Sovereign Hill in Ballarat and are taken back 2000 years in time. It provided a good picture of life in Jesus' time including a shepherd at work, a carpenter, a lady spinning wool and weaving etc. It was a bit weird when the shepherd answered his mobile phone!
|Church of the Transfiguration Mt Tabor|
Fred Benjamin had purchased some holy oil and this was blessed and used for anointing after the eucharist. Even our Jewish guide, Gadi, joined us for holy communion.
It was like the disciples, Peter, James and John, for we felt like it was good to be on the mountain and a very special place to celebrate the eucharist together for the first time as a group.
Each night before dinner we are gathering somewhere in the hotel for prayers using the book that Ray and Catherine put together before leaving Melbourne. It has been much appreciated.