August 1 – BETHLEHEM – The day will begin with Mass at Shepherd’s Field near the birthplace of our Lord. It is here where the angel appeared to the shepherds and announced the news that a “..a Savior was has been born for you who is Messiah and Lord.” (Luke 2:11).
The remainder of the morning will be meeting with Palestinian Catholic men and women who are the descendants of the ‘early Church’. Lunch will be at a locally owned Christian restaurant, serving delicious Middle Eastern cuisine! We proceed to visit a Carmelite Monastery in Bethlehem, burial site of Blessed Mary of Jesus Crucified. Also called “Little Arab”; Blessed Mary of Jesus Crucified was a Palestinian from Galilee who later became a Carmelite nun.
Prayer: Lord, thank you for your ‘messengers’ – the angels announcing your birth to the shepherds and for men and women living heroic lives in faith, hope and charity. They are testimonies of your love and your presence among mankind. May they be given the strength and hope to continue to be messengers of hope and peace to all in the Holy Land.