Around the Sea of Galilee and Caesarea Philippi
A boat-ride across the Sea of Galilee in a wooden vessel reminiscent of Jesus’ day.
Mount of Beatitudes – where Jesus preached the Sermon on the Mount (Matt. 5), and one of many sites where Pope Paul VI and Pope John Paul II prayed.
The Tabha Benedictine Monastery Multiplication of Loaves and Fishes – the site of the feeding of the 5,000 (Matt. 14:13-21).
Church of the Primacy of Peter – site of the miraculous catch of fish (John 21:6), where Jesus appeared to the disciples after the Resurrection (John 21:7), and of St. Peter’s reconciliation to Jesus (John 21:15-19).
Capernaum – scene of many miracles and teachings, and known as Jesus’ “own town” (Matt. 9:1), including:
The House of St. Peter – (Mark 1:29) and the Memorial of St. Peter.
The Ancient Synagogue – built over the site where Jesus preached (Mark 1:21).
Bethsaida – home of Sts. Peter, Andrew and Philip (John 1:44), where Jesus healed a blind man (Mark 8:22), with remains of a fisherman’s house, a grape-grower’s house and a street from Jesus’ day, and the huge gateway of the biblical city of Geshur, home of David’s wife Maacah (2 Sam 3:3). A place for prayer and Mass overlooking the Sea of Galilee has been set up here for pilgrims by the Archdiocese of Omaha, Nebraska.
Caesarea Philippi (Banias) – at the headwaters of the Jordan, where Jesus asked his disciples “Who do men say that I am” (Mark 8:27) and gave St. Peter the keys to Heaven (Matt. 16:19). Banias also features the ruins of temples built by Herod and his son Philip (Luke 3:1), and a thundering waterfall.
Tiberias – built by Herod Antipas (Luke 13:31) during Jesus’ ministry, Tiberias is the contemporary capital of the Sea of Galilee, with many reminders of Bible days.
Possible venues for Mass: Mount of Beatitudes; Church of the Multiplication at Tabgha; Peter’s Primacy; Memorial of St. Peter in Capernaum; outdoors at Bethsaida; St. Peter’s Church in Tiberias.