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Journey through the Holy Land

Nazarerth, Cana and the See of Galilee

sunny 82 °F

We left the hotel again just before 8:00am and headed to Nazareth to visit the Church of the Annunciation.

It was established over what Catholic tradition holds to be the site of the house of the Virgin Mary, and where the angel Gabriel appeared to her and announced that she would conceive and bear the Son of God, Jesus – an event known as the Annunciation.[1] Christian tradition has held that a structure was commissioned by Emperor Constantine I, whose mother, Saint Helena, helped to found churches commemorating important events in Jesus Christ's life. The Church of the Annunciation was founded around the same time as the Church of the Nativity (the birthplace) and the Church of the Holy Sepulchre (the tomb). Some version of it was known to have still been in existence around 570 AD. The old church was completely demolished in 1954 to allow for the construction of a new basilica. Pope Paul VI celebrated Mass in the new church during his trip to the Holy Land in 1964 The basilica was completed in 1969. Used by the Latin parish, it remains under the control of the Franciscans. It is the largest Christian Church building or sanctuary in the Middle East under the supervision of the Congregation for the Oriental Churches.

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We then went to Cana to visit the Wedding Church.
It is dedicated to the weddings of Christianity. Its name commemorates the event of the Wedding at Cana from the Gospel of John, thought by some Christians to have taken place on the site, during which Jesus performed his first miracle, by turning water into wine at the request or behest of Mother Mary. The Church is owned by the Custody of the Holy Land, part of the Franciscan order in the Catholic Church.[6] The current church was built circa 1881, and expanded from 1897-1905, following efforts by the Franciscans to acquire the site between 1641 and 1879, when acquisition was completed.[6] Twentieth-century archaeological excavations indicated that, before the current church building, the site housed a Jewish synagogue in the fourth and fifth centuries, and tombs under the rule of the Byzantine Empire in the fifth and sixth centuries.

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We then went back to the See of Galilee to visit the Church of the Magnification.
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We then took a boat ride on the See.
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We ended the day at a Baptismal site on the Jordan River near where it runs out of the See of Galilee. The water in river where Jesus was baptized is very polluted and not fit to visit.

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Posted by rpickett 15:38 Archived in Israel Tagged of see cana galilee nazareth

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