The Way. The Truth. The Life.

Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”

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2018 Equestrian order of The Holy Sepulchre Pilgrimage to The Holy Land

EOHS Knights and Dames in the Holy Land – view more photos in the slideshow below.

 

In December of 2018, the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre Eastern Lieutenancy made a Pilgrimage to the Holy Land with Her Excellency Vicki Downey, and spiritual leaders Chorbishop John Faris and Fr. Michael Saharic. The group embarked on a spiritual journey through many significant and deeply holy sites. We at 206 Tours consider ourselves so blessed to have been given the opportunity to operate several Pilgrimages for the Order.

The Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre is a Roman Catholic Order of Knighthood that has operated under the protection of the Pope since the Middle Ages. Its mission for, almost a millennium, is to strengthen Catholic beliefs and values; to sustain and aid the charitable, cultural and social works of the Catholic Church in the Holy Land; and to protect the rights of Christians in the Holy Land.

Originally founded by Godfrey of Bouillon in 1099, this internationally recognized order of knighthood now has 30,000 Knights and Dames from all over the world. Our 206 Tours President and Founder, Lady Milanka Lachman LC*HS, her husband Sir Charles Lachman KC*HS, and her daughter, Vice President of 206 Tours, Sandra Lippold, LHS, are all honored to be supporters and members of the order. Sandra and her young daughter embarked on this very special Pilgrimage.

The Pilgrimage began with a full day tour to Acco and Mukhraha with Mass at Magdala. On the second day, the Order visited the Byzantine Church of St. Joseph and Mary’s Well in Nazareth. It was a very special way to celebrate advent with Mass at the Church of the Annunciation.  Married Pilgrims were given the opportunity to renew their wedding vows at the Franciscan Wedding Church in Cana.

The next day the group explored the theme of the Ministry of Christ in Galilee starting with Mass in Capernaum and visiting the museum exhibiting the oldest venerating sign of the Blessed Virgin Mary. The group celebrated the Liturgy at the Mount of Beatitude where Jesus gave his great Sermon on the Mount before heading to Tabgha where Jesus fed the crowd of 5,000 people and ending the day with a beautiful boat ride on the Sea of Galilee.

Reflecting on Christ’s Humanity and Divinity, the group celebrated Mass at the site of the Transfiguration, Mt. Tabor. On this packed day, the group also visited Jerusalem, renewed their baptismal vows in the Jordan River, viewed the Mount of Temptation and explored Jericho.

The group had the extremely rare opportunity to tour the Alasqa Mosque, the Dome of the Rock – the golden roof of which has become an iconic symbol of Jerusalem. The Dome of the Rock is the Islamic holiest place of prayer, as it covers the sacred Rock where Muhammad prayed. The Dome of the Rock is also sacred to Jews as it is the place where Abraham prepared to offer his son Isaac, and to Christians as it is where baby Jesus was presented in the Temple; where He was found among the teachers when He was 12; where He prayed and taught. After this short tour, the group visits the Church of Visitation in Ein Karem, Jerusalem where Mary visited Elizabeth, mother of St John the Baptist and where Mary recited one of the greatest Marian hymns Song of Praise, the Magnificat. At the Israel Museum the group saw the Shrine of the Book where the Dead Sea Scrolls are on display.

While reflecting on the themes of the Visitation and Nativity, the group journeyed to Bethlehem and stopped for a visit to the Holy Child Program run by Franciscan Sisters of the Eucharist. After celebrating Mass at Saint Jerome, the Order spent the afternoon at Shepherd’s Fields.

 

Members of the Eastern Lieutenancy of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre pictured outside the Church of the Holy Sepulchre where they made solemn entry into the Tomb of Jesus Christ.

 

Towards the end of the Pilgrimage, the Order visited the Mount of Olives, Pater Noster shrine, the Dominus Flevit church, the Garden of Gethsemane, the Rock of Agony, and celebrated Mass the Church of All Nations. While reflecting on Palm Sunday, His Agony, and the Last Supper, they continued to the Church of the Assumption, and commemorated the Last Supper on Mt. Zion. The Knights and Dames, of the group, were excited to receive the Pilgrim Shell from the Most Reverend, Pierbattista Pizzaballa, the current Apostolic Administrator sede vacante of the Latin Patriarchate of Jerulsalem. On this very special day, the order made Solemn Entry into the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. You’ll see in the images below; the group’s youngest Pilgrims led the procession.

The Knights and Dames also traveled to Deir Rafat Monastery – dedicated to “Our Lady of Palestine”, the Patroness of the Order. Established in 1927, the facade in the Convent Church bears the Latin inscription “Reginae Palaestinae”, meaning “to the Queen of Palestine”. It carries a six (6) meter statue of the Virgin Mary, and the Church ceiling is decorated with a painting showing angels carrying banners with the first words of the “Hail Mary” prayer in 280 languages.

Finally, on the last day of their Pilgrimage, the group commemorated His Crucifixion walking the Via Dolorosa beginning at dawn at the Antonia Fortress, following the Road to Calvary, reflecting on the Stations of the Cross and celebrating Solemn Mass at the Tomb of Christ in the Church of the Holy Sepulchre.

This special Pilgrimage was sure to be a life-changing experience to all present. We’re grateful for the opportunity to share these beautiful photos that so well document their spiritual journey. Please enjoy the slideshow below showing highlights form the 2018 Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre Pilgrimage to the Holy Land.

 

Watch the slideshow below to view stunning photos from this special Pilgrimage!

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The Way. The Truth. The Life.

Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”

Catholic Pilgrimages & Spiritual Journeys to the World’s Holiest Sites with 206 Tours.

Retreat & Consecration to the Eucharist in Fatima, Portugal

October 19 – 25, 2024

Book Now: www.206tours.com/eucharist

We live in difficult times for the Church. Only 31% of Catholics believe Jesus is truly present in the Eucharist. International conflicts, divisions, and uncertainties abound. Many are asking, “What can we do to heal our nation, the Church, and our world?” The solution: Consecration to the Most Holy Eucharist.

That is why a historic event for the Church will be taking place this year. Hosted by Matthew Kelly, Dynamic Catholic, and The International Society of the Eucharist, thousands of pilgrims will travel to Fatima, Portugal to Consecrate America and the world to the Eucharist.

There is no better place for this to take place than in the peaceful, historic town of Fatima where the famous apparitions of Our Lady took place in 1917. Through her intercession, we will head her call to draw close to her Son in the Eucharist as we participate in this special consecration.

Join Matthew Kelly and his family, along with a host of priests, bishops, and other speakers on this historic pilgrimage-retreat. Our hope it to have all 50 States and every nation on earth represented.

More than just a pilgrimage, this will be a powerful retreat experience with one of the most beloved Catholic voices of our age. Enjoy a series of presentations from Matthew Kelly; renowned speaker and bestselling author of more than forty books.

Learn More & Book Now: www.206tours.com/eucharist

Frequently Asked Questions:

How can I learn more about this pilgrimage?

Information regarding what is included, the Day-by-Day itinerary, Dates, Pricing, and Registration can all be found on the website of the Tour: www.206tours.com/eucharist 

Do I need to pay the full pilgrimage cost at the time of booking?

No, a $400 deposit is due at the time of booking, and full payments are due 90 days prior to departure. Between when you register, and 90 days, you can make payments, as often as you want, by logging into your account which is created when you register.

Where can I use my $300 International Society of The Eucharist Membership Voucher? 

It is valid towards any NEW Registration of a Dynamic Catholic Pilgrimage operating in 2024 or 2025.  A custom Promotional Code will be provided to you, via your Confirmation Email from Dynamic Catholic, for joining the Society. You must provide that “Code” in the designated box listed on Page 5 of the Registration Process. The Discount will then be deducted from the Total Cost and noted on your Invoice. A $400 Deposit per person will still be due at the time of booking.

Can I use my $300 International Society of The Eucharist Membership Voucher towards my current Tour? 

No. As noted in the Confirmation Email from Dynamic Catholic, the Voucher is only applicable towards New Bookings only. They cannot be applied towards past/current Registrations, nor combined with other any discounts or promotions.

If I am registered for another Tour, can I transfer to the Fatima Tour? 

For this, you must email the Account Managers and they will be able to advise you accordingly. Please contact Katherine – Katherine@206tours.com or Sandra – Sandra@206tours.com

Will Matthew Kelly be on the Fatima Pilgrimage?

Yes, Matthew will be in Fatima and taking part in the Retreat. Matthew Kelly will not be on the extensions to Spain, Lourdes and Paris.

When will the “VIP Dinner with Matthew Kelly” take place on the Fatima Pilgrimage?

All those who select “Level Five” Membership of the Eucharistic Society receive an invitation to join Matthew Kelly for a Special VIP Dinner in Fatima. This dinner will incorporate both Matthew Kelly, and all those who purchased that Level of membership. An invitation will be provided to you at check-in that will note the Date/Time/Location of the Dinner. Guests will be given plenty of time to prepare beforehand, and transfers will be provided if necessary.

*Matthew will not be assigned to any “one” table. Rather, he will be making his way around to each table to give equal time spent with everyone.

Who are the other Speakers taking part in the Retreat?

Specific details regarding the Speakers and Priests have not been finalized at this time. Once they are confirmed, they will be advised to you via your Final Confirmations and the Tour Website. Rest assured they will all be hand-picked by Dynamic Catholic and Matthew Kelly.  Information regarding the Retreat (Topics, Time, Location) will be provided to you at Check-in.

What is included in the Pre-Stay?

Information regarding the Pre-Stay is provided on the Website. During the Registration Process, on Page 3, you will have the option to select a “Pre-Night” in Fatima. You can select as many nights as you would like. This will allow you to arrive early, overcome jetlag, and spend time on your own in Fatima before the rest of the pilgrims arrive.

*Included with the Pre-Night is overnight and breakfast in the morning (Dinner is on your own). The remainder of the time is free to spend at your own leisure. Dynamic Catholic Staff, Escorts, and Hotel Staff will be on hand to answer any questions you may have about sites to visit, restaurant recommendations etc.

What is included in the Post-Tour?

When the pilgrimage concludes on Friday (October 25th), you will board your Bus with your fellow pilgrims, and continue on through Spain and France.

*Note: A Priest will accompany you, and Masses will be celebrated daily. However, Matthew Kelly and the other Speakers are NOT confirmed for the Post Tours.

How many pilgrims will be on the Fatima Tour?

Matthew Kelly and Dynamic Catholic want to welcome as many pilgrims as possible to truly make this Retreat “historic”. The Total Number is still under review, as reservations continue to come in. Collectively, this will be a large Retreat, but you will not be hindered in any way.

Where will pilgrims be staying?

Upon arriving in Fatima, you will be staying at one (1) Hotel for the duration of the Trip. All Hotels are walking distance to the Shrine, Shops, and Restaurants. You will have Guides and Escorts stationed at your Hotel throughout to assist with any questions, as well as leading you to/from the Retreat.

*Your Hotel, and their Contact Information, will be provided to you in your Final Confirmation Email that is sent to you approximately 30 days prior to departure. Once you receive, feel free to look up the Hotel online for pictures, view the property, its location etc.

View All Details and Book Now: www.206tours.com/eucharist

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