Monday, April 1, 2019

Sermon on the Mount of Beatitudes - Galilee - February 25th, 2019

Preaching where Jesus preached.  I did not feel worthy to do so.  However, I did preach and I preached about preaching, or rather I preached about homilies and ways to help you hear a good homily regardless of who the homilist is.


Sermon on the Mount of Beatitudes - Galilee - February 25th, 2019
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Mount of Beatitudes - Preparing for Outdoor Mass

Before having Mass on the Mount of Beatitudes, our group went to Caesarea Philippi, where Jesus says to Peter, "You are Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church, and the gates of the netherworld shall not prevail against it." (Mt 16:18)  Then we went to the Mount of Beatitudes for Mass and a tour.  Next we had lunch at a local restaurant, and our main course was St. Peter Fish, caught in the Sea of Galilee.  Jesus had prepared similar fish at the site the Primacy of Peter, where our resurrected Lord appear to St. Peter and 5 other disciples on the shore and three times asked Peter if he loved Him.  We drove a short distance and arrived at Capernaum where Jesus preformed many miracles and gave the Bread of Life Discourse (John 6) teaching his disciples that they must eat His flesh and drink His blood (referring to the Eucharist).  The Eucharist was prefigured by the multiplication of the loaves, and we saw that site too.


Caesarea Philippi - Pagan worship site with temples to pagan gods 
and the cave was believed by the pagans to be the gates of hell.

Pilgrims at Caesarea Philippi

Mass on the Mount of Beatitudes

Pilgrims in front of the Church of the Beatitudes on the Mount of Beatitudes

St. Peter's Fish for Lunch

Primacy of Peter - This rock is believed to be the one used by the resurrected Jesus
as a table when He had breakfast with some of His disciples

Pilgrims at the Shore at the Primacy of Peter
 with the Sea of Galilee in the Background

Capernaum - Entrance to the Ruins

Ruins of rebuilt Synagogue where Jesus taught

Group Photo at Capernaum in front of a Statue of St. Peter

Multiplication of Loaves - the tradition is that the rock under the altar
was used (at this location) by Jesus when He fed the 5000

Sunday, March 31, 2019

Saints Martha, Mary, and Lazarus - Bethany near the Tomb of Lazarus - February 24th, 2019

On February 24th, 2019, we departed from Jerusalem to make our way to Galilee.  However, our first stop was Bethany where we visited the site of the Tomb of Lazarus  and the home of Martha, Mary, and Lazarus.  We had Mass in the St. Martha chapel.  Listen to my homily from that Mass.


Saints Martha, Mary, and Lazarus - Bethany near the Tomb of Lazarus - February 24th, 2019
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After Bethany, we went to the Dead Sea.  Then, we went to the Jordan River to recall the baptism of Jesus and renew our baptismal vows.  Next, we went to Jericho and saw Mt. Temptation where it is believed that Jesus stayed during His forty days in the desert and where the first two of the three temptations took place.  We spent a couple hours on the road going through the Jordan River Valley as we made our way up to Galilee and then checked into our hotel.

St. Martha Chapel near the Tomb of Lazarus in Bethany

Some of our Pilgrims in the Dead Sea

Mt. Temptation as seen from Jericho

Renewal of Baptismal Vows at the Jordan River

Sea of Galilea as seen from the Leonardo Plaza hotel in Tiberias

Friday, March 29, 2019

Reflection on the Tomb of Jesus for February 23rd, 2019

The best part of the whole Pilgrimage for me, was celebrating Mass in the Tomb of Jesus on February 23rd, 2019.  From the moment the afternoon before, when I was told that we were able to have Mass in the tomb, I couldn't stop smiling.  Here my reflection on the Tomb of Jesus.


Reflection on the Tomb of Jesus for February 23rd, 2019
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We started the day with having Mass in the Tomb of Jesus.  I was so excited!  Immediately after Mass we toured the Church of the Holy Sepluchre and saw many of the treasures there.  Then we went to the Church of the Dormition, where tradition holds that Mary passed away, before being carried in procession to her tomb.  We visited the Upper Room, which was rebuilt by crusaders where the original was believed to be.  Next, we went to the Church of St. Peter in Gallicantu and Caiphas' house, where we saw a dungeon that Jesus was kept in.  We had lots of free time in the afternoon.  A group of us went to the Shroud of Turin Exhibit at the Notre Dame Center.  We ended the day with a special dinner at the Christmas Hotel.

Fr. Lampe after Mass in the Inner Chamber 
of the Tomb where Jesus' Body was laid

Pilgrims in the Ante-Chamber of the Tomb of Jesus

Entrance to the Tomb of Jesus

Anointing Stone, Jesus' body was laid down and prepared for burial

Church of the Dormition Exterior

Church of the Dormition Interior Basement

Upper Room

Dungeon in Caiphas' House

Ancient stairs that Jesus likely walked on to Caiphas' House

St. Peter in Gallicantu Lower Level Chapel

Statue of the Man of the Shroud at the Shroud of Turin Exhibit
(The Shroud of Turin is believed by many to be the burial clothe of Jesus)

Dinner at Christmas Hotel

Dinner at Christmas Hotel

Dinner at Christmas Hotel

Dinner at Christmas Hotel

Reflection on Calvary for February 22nd, 2019

What is it like to be on Calvary where Jesus gave up His life for us?  Listen to my reflection on Calvary.  February 22nd, 2019 - We started the day on Calvary some of us were able to touch the place were the Cross was embedded in the rock before Mass and others after Mass.


Reflection on Calvary for February 22nd, 2019
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After Mass, we went to the Western Wall, which is the western wall of the Temple platform.  The Temple was destroyed in 70 AD and there are two Mosques on the platform now.  Then we visited the Church of St. Anne, which was built on the traditional site of Mary's birth, and the Pools of Bethesda.  We walked the Via Dolorosa while carrying the cross and praying the Stations of the Cross.  We returned to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, which has Calvary and the Tomb of Jesus within it.  We waited about two hours in line to be able to enter and venerate the Tomb of Jesus.

Altar on Calvary where we attended Mass

Greek Orthodox Altar above the site of the Cross where Jesus was Crucified on Calvary

Western Wall

Church of St. Anne where we Sang to Our Lady

Pools of Bethesda with Ruins of Multiple Churches Built over it

The Way of the Cross

Inside the ante-chamber of the Tomb of Jesus




Tuesday, March 26, 2019

Holy Hour and Adoration - Reconstructed Homily at Altar of the Rock at Gethsemane - February 21st, 2019

February 21st, 2019 Evening - After dinner at the Notre Dame Center in Jerusalem, we went back to Gethsemane for a Holy Hour.  After celebrating the Lord's Supper, Jesus went into the garden to pray.  Jesus said to Peter, "So you could not keep watch with me for one hour?" (Mt 26:40) Listen to my brief reconstruction of the homily I gave at the Holy Hour in the Church of All Nations at Gethsemane.

Holy Hour and Adoration - Reconstructed Homily at Altar of the Rock at Gethsemane - February 21st, 2019

Altar of the Rock at Gethsemane (Where Jesus sweat blood)

Christmas - Shepherds' Field in Bethlehem - February 21st, 2019

February 21st, 2019 - Bethlehem.  We started the day with Mass in Shepherd's Field.  We celebrated Christmas since this was the city in which Jesus was born. 


Christmas - Shepherds' Field in Bethlehem - February 21st, 2019
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After Mass we shopped at an olive wood store in Bethlehem.  Then, we went to Bethlehem University and heard about the University and lives of the students.  After lunch we went to the Church of the Nativity, the Grotto of the Nativity, the Grotto of St. Jerome, Chapel of the Holy Innocents, and the Church of St. Catherine of Alexandria before returning to the Notre Dame Center in Jerusalem.

Fr. Lampe preparing for Mass in Shepherds Field

Group photo after Mass in Shepherds Field

Chapel of the Angels in Shepherds Field

Chapel of the Divine Child at Bethlehem University

Church of the Nativity

Fr. Lampe reverencing the Birthplace of Jesus Christ in the Church of the Nativity

Exiting the Grotto of the Nativity

Church of St. Catherine of Alexandria Entrance

Church of St. Catherine of Alexandria Interior

Chapel of the Holy Innocents (Below Church of St. Catherine)

Sermon on the Mount of Beatitudes - Galilee - February 25th, 2019

Preaching where Jesus preached.  I did not feel worthy to do so.  However, I did preach and I preached about preaching, or rather I preached...