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  Walking Towards God

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Sometimes we take a few steps to the left, sometimes a few steps to the right.
Other times we take a few steps back, but when we go on a pilgrimage we are walking towards God.
We go to God, not perfect, but as we are- with all our doubts, crisis, sickness, curiosity, adventure,
and faith to ask for favors and to offer ourselves completely.

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A Glimpse into... THE HOLY LAND

The Holy Land is a term which refers to the geographical region of no definite borders which has significant religious importance for Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. Nowadays, it comprises roughly the territory of Israel, the Palestinian territories, parts of Jordan, and Lebanon. The perceived holiness of the land to Christianity was the ideological driving force behind the Crusades; the land has been a destination for religious pilgrimages since biblical times.

For Christians, the concept of the Holy Land is derived from the promise made by God to Abram in Genesis 15:18-21. New Testament Matthew 2:19-21 refers to the land as the land of Israel:

"An angel of the Lord appeareth in a dream to Joseph in Egypt, Saying Arise and take the young child and his mother, and go into the land of Israel: for they are dead which sought the young child's life. And he arose, and took the young child and his mother, and came into the land of Israel."

The uniqueness of the Land of Israel is thus 'geo-theological'. The concept of the land being holy is especially prominent in the Book of Numbers. The land is also considered holy because God's "holy people" settled there. At the end of Joshua, the land has been distributed among the tribes, the patriarchal promise is fulfilled, and the land becomes the holy land.
The Holy Land is also significant because of the association with the place of birth, ministry, Crucifixion, and Resurrection of Jesus of Nazareth. The holy cities for Christians of all denominations are:
* Jerusalem is believed to be the site of some of Jesus's teaching, the Last Supper (occurred at the Cenacle), the subsequent institution of the Holy Eucharist as well as His entombment; he was crucified on a nearby hill, Golgotha (sometimes called Calvary). It notably contains the Church of the Holy Sepulchre and the Church of All Nations, but many other Christian institutions as well.
* Bethlehem is the birthplace of Jesus.
* Nazareth is Jesus's hometown and the site of many holy places, including the Church of the Annunciation in Basilica and Mary's Well.

During the Crusades, Christian pilgrims often sought out the Holy Places in the Outremer, especially in early 12th century immediately after the capture of Jerusalem. Besides the sites in Jerusalem and Bethlehem, Christian holy places also included:
* Sephoria (Tzippori), where the Virgin Mary spent her childhood
* The River Jordan, site of Christ's baptism
* Cave dwelling of John the Baptist
* Sea of Galilee
* Mount Tabor, site of the Transfiguration of Jesus
* Jericho, along the road to which was the location of the Good Samaritan's charity.
In the Orthodox Church, Mount Athos is revered by Orthodox Christians, and is inhabited exclusively by monastics.

206 Tours has arranged pilgrimages to the Holy Land since 1985. Regularly scheduled pilgrimage departures are offered year round each month. If you want to travel to another destination before or after, we have an assortment of tours that also incorporate other countries and religious sites!

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Prayer Petitions

If you are traveling on a pilgrimage, we suggest that you ask your friends,

parishioners and family if they would like you to bring their petition. If you are not going on a pilgrimage, you can still send your a petition to a particular shrine. Simply send a petition in an envelope, and one of our priests/pilgrims will bring it for you. Mail to: Petitions @ 206 Tours, 333 Marcus Blvd, Hauppauge NY 11788

• Secular Trips to Eastern and Western Europe

Did you know that 206 Tours also offers a variety of secular tours across Europe? These fascinating all-inclusive tours are fully escorted and all accommodations are in First Class hotels. Secular trips do not include a Catholic priest and/or Mass daily. Find out more by visiting www.206tours.com/secular

• Why Choose 206 Tours?

206 Tours management and employees are committed to do all we can to ensure that your adventure of approaching the Lord's holy and sacred sites is comfortable and pleasant. Our goal is to arrange a beautiful and spiritual pilgrimage for you. Find out more at: www.206tours.com/aboutus


Recipe Suggestion: Cheese Bourekas & Israeli Salad

Two Israeli recipes this month:

First is Cheese Bourekas, a middle-Eastern style puff pastry pockets filled with cheese. Great served as an appetizer or the traditional Israeli way for breakfast with salad, olives, cheese, and plain yogurt.

The second is an Israeli Salad that is typically be found at the many falafel street stands all over Israel. It is served on its own as a side dish or inside a pita sandwich wrap.

For the recipe and cooking instructions for these delicious Israeli dishes  


Book Recommendation: Come & See, Catholic Bible Study the Synoptics (Matthew, Mark, Luke)

The book Come and See: Catholic Bible Study, the Synoptics (Matthew, Mark, Luke) is a wonderful biblical archeology written by Msgr. Jan Majernik, Fr. Joseph Ponessa, and Laurie Watson Manhardt. Drawing insights from the writings of the early Church Fathers, the study compares parallel passages from the three Synoptic Gospels to paint a vivid picture of the life and mission of Jesus Christ. There are 22 lessons, meant to be studied in approximately 60 minutes segments. We promise the Gospel texts of Matthew, Mark, and Luke will come alive once you read this beautiful text.

Among other things, this magnificent book includes:
• Frequent references to the Catechism of the Catholic Church
• Memory verses from Scripture, quotes from the saints, popular Catholic prayers
• Practical guidance for leaders: how to organize a study, what to expect
• Large workbook format, with ample space to write/respond to questions

About the Authors:
Monsignor Jan Majernik from Slovakia holds a doctorate in Sacred Scripture from the Franciscan School of Biblical Studies in Jerusalem and has studied at Hebrew University and the Biblicum. He has been a spiritual director for pilgrims to the Holy Land for 20 years.
Fr. Joseph Ponessa, S.S.D., is a graduate of the Pontifical University of Biblical Studies in Rome, where he received his doctorate in Sacred Scripture. He now serves as a pastor in the diocese of Great Falls-Billings, MT. Father Ponessa is fluent in 13 languages, including Hebrew,Greek, Latin, and Aramaic.
Laurie Manhardt holds a B.A. in Psychology from the University of Detroit and a Ph.D. in Education from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. She led an interfaith Bible study for ten years, which convinced her of the need for quality Catholic Bible study resources. “Come and See” Catholic Bible Study is the result.

Upcoming 206 Tours Pilgrimages

Varela: Fatima, Spain, Lourdes, & Medjugorje with Fr. Leo Ortiz September 7-19, 2010 pilgrimages.com/frleoortiz
Tour 1: Medjugorje September 9-17, 2010 206tours.com/tour1
Tour 111: The Holy Land with Fr. Christopher Pliauplis September 12-21, 2010 206tours.com/tour111
Tour 168: Poland with Fr. Eric Bowman September 19-27, 2010 206tours.com/tour168
Tour 93: The Shrines of Italy September 20-29, 2010 206tours.com/tour93
Tour 1: Medjugorje September 23-Oct 1, 2010 206tours.com/tour1
Tour 161: Greece in Footsteps of St. Paul (and 3nts cruise) with Fr. James Walker October 1-11, 2010 206tours.com/tour161
Reil: Medjugorje with Fr. Bruce Nieli October 2-12, 2010 pilgrimages.com/frbrucenieli
Tour 93: The Shrines of Italy October 4-13, 2010 206tours.com/tour93
Nives: The Shrines of Croatia October 7-14, 2010 206tours.com/shrinesofcroatia
Tour 37: Fatima, Spain, and Lourdes with Fr. Peter Zorjan October 9-19, 2010 206tours.com/tour37
Tour 111: The Holy Land October 10-19, 2010 206tours.com/tour111
Tour 7: Lourdes, Paris, Nevers, & Lisieux October 15-23, 2010 206tours.com/tour7
OLQP: Medjugorje with Penny Abbruzzese October 16-24, 2010 pilgrimages.com/ourladyqueenofpeace/medjugorje
Tour 93: The Shrines of Italy October 18-27, 2010 206tours.com/tour93
Tour 1: Medjugorje October 21-29, 2010 206tours.com/tour1
Bessette: Canonization of Br Andre Bessette & Shrines of Canada October 25-31, 2010 pilgrimages.com/bessette
Tour 69: Garabandal, Santiago de Compostela, & Fatima with Fr. Albert Caprio October 27-Nov 4, 2010 206tours.com/tour69
Hoffman: Medjugorje with Lynn Hoffman October 28-Nov 5, 2010 pilgrimages.com/lynnhoffman
Tour 37: Fatima, Spain, and Lourdes October 31-Nov 9, 2010 206tours.com/tour37
Tour 161: Greece in Footsteps of St. Paul (and 3nts cruise)  with Fr. Daniel Kampschneider November 1-11, 2010 206tours.com/tour161
WW: Medjugorje with Wayne Weible November 2-10, 2010 pilgrimages.com/weible
OLQP: The Holy Land  with Fr. John Tino & Fr. Michael D'Souza November 7-16, 2010 pilgrimages.com/ourladyqueenofpeace/holyland
Flannery: Medjugorje with Fr. Mundakal November 9-18, 2010 pilgrimages.com/flannery
MEDJ: Medjugorje at Ivan Dragicevic's Home Call for Further Details pilgrimages.com/medj
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