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A NEW JOURNEY: Jerusalem – St. Anne Church & Sacred Music

Come on a journey with Angela Sealana as she guides us in an audio pilgrimage to the Church of St. Anne in Jerusalem, built over the Virgin Mary’s birthplace, the home of Mary’s parents Sts. Joachim and Anne.

During our journey, we will:

  • Learn about the history of this famous church and the City of Jerusalem itself
  • Take you on a guided walk through the Church –what you would see, experience, and hear as a pilgrim
  • Learn about the history of sacred music along with various samples, and will define some terms like Gregorian chant, Byzantine, etc.
  • Much more!

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Jewel for the Journey:

“There is the music of heaven in all things, but we have forgotten to hear it until we sing.” – St. Hildegard of Bingen


Sacred Music Clips In this Program:


A Closer Look at St. Anne Church:


Video clip demonstrating the church’s extraordinary acoustics; Fr. Victor Shoemaker singing the Salve Regina


Where is St. Anne Church?

Jerusalem – Mount Calvary and Our Lady of Sorrows

Join Deacon Tom and Mary Jane Fox as they spiritually travel to Calvary in Jerusalem. This is the very site where Jesus, the Son of God was crucified and where he died.

During our journey, we will hear about Calvary and discuss:

  • What does it look like today and how do we know this is THE place?
  • Why is Mary, the Mother of Jesus called Our Lady of Sorrows? After all, she is in Heaven!
  • How is it that calling on Mary as Our Lady of Sorrows helps us in our daily lives?
  • Much more!

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Jewel for the Journey:

“Whenever anything disagreeable or displeasing happens to you, remember Christ crucified and be silent.” – St. John of the Cross


A Closer Look at Mount Calvary:


Where is Mount Calvary?

Western Wall and Saints Joachim and Anne

This week’s spiritual pilgrimage, Angela Sealana, Media Coordinator for Pilgrim Center of Hope, will lead us on a journey to the Western Wall of the original Jewish Temple in Jerusalem.

During our spiritual pilgrimage, Angela will discuss:

  • Take you on a guided walk around the Western Wall.
  • We’ll hear about the history of the original Temple, and what it was like during the time of Jesus,
  • And we’ll meet two people known for their association with the Temple, Saints Joachim and Anne, the grandparents of Jesus.

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Jewel for the Journey:

“Do you not know that you are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwells in you?” (1 Corinthians 3:16)


Where is the Western all?:

Galilee – Tabgha

Come along with Deacon Tom and Mary Jane Fox, as they guide you on an audio pilgrimage, to Tabgha, Galilee. This is the site of the miracle of the multiplication of the loaves and fishes (Mark 6:30–46) and the fourth resurrection appearance of Jesus (John 21:1–24) after his crucifixion.

During our time together, our hosts discuss the following:

  • A brief history on the Church of the Multiplication of the Loaves and Fishes–also known as the church of the Multiplication.
  • The Gospel passage of Mark 6:34-44 – The Feeding of the Five Thousand.
  • What does this Gospel passage teach us?
  • Much more!

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Jewel for the Journey:

“… we can beg for an increase of love in our hearts that will vitalize and transform all our individual actions, and know that God will take them and multiply them, as Jesus multiplied the loaves and fishes.”– Servant of God Dorothy Day


A Closer Look at Tabgha, on the shore of the Sea of Galilee:

 


Where is Tabgha:

Jerusalem – Church of Pater Noster – A New Journey

Come along with Deacon Tom and Mary Jane Fox as they guide you on an audio pilgrimage, to the holy site where Jesus taught his disciples how to pray. During our time together, our hosts discuss the following:

  • The environment and surroundings of this holy site.
  • Learn about the connection of this place to St. Helena and to the Carmelites.
  • Reflect on the “Our Father,” and how we can share in the faithfulness of the first disciples through this and other prayers.
  • Much more!

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Jewel for the Journey:

“Prayer is the language of hope.” St. Thomas Aquinas


A Closer Look at the Immaculate Heart Chapel:


Where is the Church of Pater Noster?

Ascension – Holy Sites

This week’s virtual pilgrimage with Deacon Tom and Mary Jane Fox takes us to the Holy Sites of the Ascension! Although the Scriptures do not indicate a specific location where Jesus ascended into Heaven, there are references we can use as a guide along our journey. In fact, the Mass of the Ascension of Our Lord can be celebrated anywhere on the Mount of Olives. Virtually walk with them through these holy sites, you will feel as if you are actually there!

During our time together, our Hosts discuss the following:

  • The environment of the Holy Sites.
  • Scripture References to the Ascension of our Lord.
  • Much more!

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Jewel for the Journey:

“The Rosary has always expressed this knowledge born of faith and invited the believer to pass beyond the darkness of the Passion in order to gaze upon Christ’s glory in the Resurrection and Ascension.” –  St. Pope John Paul II, Rosarium Virginis Mariae, 23


Prayer to  The Holy Spirit:

Oh Holy Spirit, by Your power, Christ was raised from the dead to save us all. By Your grace, miracles are performed in Jesus’ name. By Your love, we are protected from evil. And so, we ask with humility and a beggar’s heart for Your gift of Charity within us. Oh Divine Spirit, increase in me, the virtue of charity that I may love as God loves. Come Holy Spirit, guide me each day to walk with Jesus, our Master. Amen


A Closer Look at the Holy Sites of the Ascension:


Where is Mount of Olives?

Nazareth – Church of St. Joseph & St. Joseph the Worker

Come on a journey with Deacon Tom and Mary Jane Fox, to Nazareth in the Holy Land! You will hear how Nazareth was at the time of Jesus and how it is today. Virtually walk with them through ancient Nazareth and visit the Church built over the home of Joseph.  Learn more about this man, Joseph who was the chaste spouse of Mary, the Mother of God, and the foster father of Jesus, the Son of God.

During this program, they will also discuss:

  • The history of the Church of St. Joseph.
  • The significance of this holy site.
  • Joseph’s obedience.
  • Much more!

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Spiritual Exercises for this Year of St. Joseph:

  • Read Pope Francis’ Patris Corde
  • Read John Paul II’s Guardian of the Redeemer
  • Display a Statue, Image, or Icon of St Joseph in your home with a perpetual candle burning by it. Place your intentions there at “his feet”. Entrusting him to watch over you and your intentions.
    • Include the names of your deceased loved ones and friends. He is the patron Saint of the Dying.
    • Joseph as a powerful intercessor before Jesus & Mary for the salvation of souls.
  • Pray to St. Joseph daily.
  • Make an Act of Consecration to St. Joseph.
  • Make an appointment with the Holy Family each week. Spend at least an ½ hour or preferably an hour in Adoration of Jesus in the Eucharist if possible; or at home. Include time with Mary and Joseph as well….asking their guidance to help you grow in holiness.

Jewel for the Journey:

“Devotion to St. Joseph is one of the choicest graces that God can give to a soul, for it is tantamount to revealing the entire treasury of our Lord’s graces. When God wishes to raise a soul to greater heights, he unites it to St. Joseph by giving it a strong love for the good saint.” – St. Peter Julian Eymard


Closing Prayer to St. Joseph (The Memorare):

Remember, O most chaste spouse of the Virgin Mary, that never was it known that anyone who implored your help and sought your intercession were left unassisted. Full of confidence in your power I fly unto you and beg your protection. Despise not O Guardian of the Redeemer my humble supplication, but in your bounty, hear and answer me. Amen.


A Closer Look at the Church of S. Joseph:


Where is the Church of St. Joseph?

The Compassion of Jesus

Come on a journey with Mary Jane Fox to discover the tenderness and compassion of Jesus. Coming to know about the tenderness of Jesus can make a difference in our lives. We learn about the compassion of Jesus, as Mary Jane reflects on The Raising of Lazarus from the Gospel of John. She also shares an example of how she began to learn to see others with the compassionate eyes of Jesus.


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Jewel for the Journey

“Let us remember the past with gratitude, live the present with enthusiasm, and look forward to the future with confidence.” – St. Pope John Paul II

The Church of the Holy Sepulcher – The Empty Tomb

Join Deacon Tom and Mary Jane Fox for a spiritual pilgrimage to the holiest site for all Christians, the Tomb of Jesus Christ in Jerusalem. This has been identified as an area of abandoned stone quarries just outside the city walls of Jerusalem at the time of Jesus. During this program, Deacon Tom and Mary Jane will discuss:

  • Who built the church?
  • How do we know this is an authentic site?
  • What is it like inside the tomb?
  • Much, much more!

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Jewel for the Journey:

Jesus on the Cross feels the whole weight of the evil, and with the force of God’s love he conquers it, he defeats it with his resurrection. – Pope Francis


A Closer Look at Holy Sepulcher Church and The Empty Tomb:


Where is the Church of the Holy Sepulchre?

Via Dolorosa

Join Deacon Tom and Mary Jane Fox for a spiritual pilgrimage to Jerusalem where the Via Dolorosa is located in the Holy Land. For over 1,000 years, the Christian faithful have traced the path that tradition says Jesus walked on the way to his crucifixion. During this program, Deacon Tom and Mary Jane will:

  • Draw attention to the suffering & death of Jesus
  • Talk about when the Stations became a familiar feature in every Catholic church.
  • Mention how the Stations of the Cross serves as a substitute pilgrimage.
  • How the Stations of the Cross relates to the life of every Christians.

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Jewel for the Journey:

The Way of the Cross alone defeats sin, evil and death, for it leads to the radiant light of Christ’s resurrection and opens the horizons of a new and fuller life. It is the way of hope, the way of the future. – Pope Francis


A Closer Look at the Via Dolorosa Pilgrimage Experience:


Where is Via Dolorosa?