This is a picture of me offering Mass in the tomb where Jesus rose from the dead. Maybe my favorite picture ever.
How did I get the shot? Well, he area where I was standing is about 3 feet by 7 feet. 7 priests were crammed into this area. I had asked one of the priests to snap a picture when Mass began, but didn’t want him to be distracted because he was concelebrating. So he holds the camera up (about 12 inches from my ear) and blindly takes pictures right after the consecration. Yikes! I hear the camera clicking in my ear and think, “not now! Please Father!” With the very low light and his proximity to me it was a miracle that the picture came out so well! Because of this, I have to have a little mercy on you when you take pictures at Mass… but not if you come up right behind me! 😉
I know that many folks here have made pilgrimages to the Holy Land. I believe that everyone should try to get there one day, if possible, because of how it will deepen your faith. To see where Jesus walked, prayed, was born and rose from the dead—these scriptures cease to be ‘stories’ and come alive.
I know that Fr. Hudgins has been advertising a trip in October in our bulletin, but I had also planned to accompany Fr. Jerry Wooton of St. Patrick’s on a trip this October (different dates). There is still room on this trip, if you are interested.
This trip to the Holy Land is October 3–15, 2016 and will include stops in Galilee, Nazareth, Cana, Bethlehem, Jerusalem, and more in Israel, and stops in Jordan at the Baptism of our Lord, Petra, and Amman. Email me (firstname.lastname@example.org) for more information, itinerary, and registration. Base cost is $3100 pp/do (with the caveat that flight costs could fluctuate).
Pax et Bonum,