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We design itineraries tailored to each group, usually beginning in Jordan with the Old Testament and the final part of the Exodus Journey.  We then cross the River Jordan to Bethlehem, Jerusalem and north to the Sea of Galilee to follow the Birth, Life, Passion and Ministry of Jesus and the foundation of the Church.  We work very closely with the parish priest/chaplain throughout and visit the group two or three times beforehand in preparation for the pilgrimage.

We hope to provide an opportunity for spiritual renewal through exploration of the 'fifth gospel', following Christ in the desert, in the city of Jerusalem and in the fields of the Galilee.

We listen to the chants of the Early Church and celebrate the Eucharistic Rite of St John Chrysostom and the Antiochene Rite of the Maronites - absorbing the liturgical history and treasure of the Universal Church. We celebrate Mass with local parishes.

We introduce some of the Christians who are working to educate, nurse, feed and clothe the people of the Holy Land irrespective of religion; we visit Bethlehem University (founded by Pope Paul VI) hospitals, special schools and homes caring for orphaned and abandoned children. With parishes and local people we directly help needy families with clothes, medicines and toys for the children.

We are guided by the Benedictine and Franciscan charisms of prayer and hospitality - and appreciate comfortable beds, good food and wine. We try not to rush around and follow a theme each day with Morning and Evening Prayer, Mass, reflective reading and praying with Scripture. We worship with the local Christians and stay in the best pilgrim houses and hotels owned and run by the Church and Christian families.  We use licensed Christian guides and transport companies. Our groups are small - between 16 and 30 people - and although we ourselves are from the Roman Catholic tradition, our groups are always ecumenical. 

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Please note: 5th Gospel Retreats Ltd. is insured as a tour operator acting in an advisory, administrative and organising capacity to the parish (or other) group.  Della normally leads each pilgrimage to the Holy Land with the chaplain. Flights are purchased directly by the parish office from the major airlines or through an ATOL bonded Agency. Our Retreat-Pilgrimages are not commercial and the Holy Land costs are shared between members of the group.

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Bethlehem Evenings are a great way to try and buy Palestinian wines.

Bethlehem Evenings

We are very happy to come to your parish or group to give a presentation, provide Palestinian refreshments and wine tasting as well as bringing the wines, olive wood and oil for people to buy.

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