AN ILLUSTRATED PILGRIM’S NOTE

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October 14, 2013 (Monday): TIBERIAS – CANA – SEA OF GALILEE (Boat ride) – TABGHA – TIBERIAS

After breakfast, we left for Cana and had our 9AM Mass there presided by Fr. Estong Bendita. On our way, Morning Prayer was said and Bible passages were distributed and I got this one: “These things I have spoken to you, that my joy remains in you, and that your joy may be full,” (John 15:11).

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Rimonim Mineral Hotel, Tiberias
Rimonim Mineral Hotel, Tiberias

Cana of Galilee was the site where Jesus performed His first miracle at the request of His mother Mary at a wedding feast of a poor couple, by changing water into wine: “Jesus did this as the beginning of his signs in Cana in Galilee and so revealed his glory, and his disciples began to believe in him,” (John 2:1-11); and the healing of the royal official’s son who was near death (John 4:46-54).

The Wedding Church at Cana in Galilee
The Wedding Church at Cana in Galilee
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Inside the Wedding Church, Cana in Galilee
Inside the Wedding Church, Cana in Galilee
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The Mass started at 8:45AM in the Church of First Miracle (Wedding Church) and ended at 9:35am. The Wedding Church is built by the Franciscans in the nineteenth century over remains believed to date to Jesus’ day. The renewal of marriage vows of 6 couples was made during the Mass. After the Mass, signing of the Marriage Certificate and was signed by Bishop Dinualdo Gutierrez, DD; picture taking followed. We roamed around under the wedding church where remains were found.

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Couples before their Renewal of marriage vows
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Bishop Gutierrez concelebrating at our Mass in Wedding Church at Cana in Galilee
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Mr. and Mrs. Nathanael and Marivet Caballero
Mr. and Mrs. Nathanael and Marivet Caballero
 

Mr. and Mrs. Napoleon and Natividad Cachuela
Mr. and Mrs. Napoleon and Natividad Cachuela
 

Mr. and Mrs. Dante and Luzviminda Caluag
Mr. and Mrs. Dante and Luzviminda Caluag
 

Mr. and mrs. Danilo and Lucy Decio
Mr. and mrs. Danilo and Lucy Decio
 

Mr. and Mrs. Justiniano and Minda Grino
Mr. and Mrs. Justiniano and Minda Grino
 

Dr. and Mrs. Leonardo and Jocelyn Lu
Dr. and Mrs. Leonardo and Jocelyn Lu
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Picture, picture after the Mass
Picture, picture after the Mass
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Mr. and Mrs. Nathanael Caballero after signing their Marriage Contract
Mr. and Mrs. Nathanael Caballero after signing their Marriage Contract
 

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Mr. and Mrs. Nathanael Caballero
 

Below the Wedding Church, a ruin of a church built here
Below the Wedding Church, a ruin of a church built here
 

Below the Wedding Church was a wall indicating that a house was built here
Below the Wedding Church was a wall indicating that a house was built here
 

a jar (2,000 years old) maybe a grape crasher
a jar (2,000 years old) maybe a grape crasher
 

Outside the Cana Church after the Mass, before going to a souvenir shop
Outside the Cana Church after the Mass, before going to a souvenir shop
 

Inside the Wedding Church
Inside the Wedding Church
 

Bishop Gutierrez with a Filipina sister outside the Wedding Church at Cana in Galilee
Bishop Gutierrez with a Filipina sister outside the Wedding Church at Cana in Galilee
   

Then we went to a souvenir store and bought some things. I bought rosaries, a ring with an engraved “I love Jesus” and others. We also had a celebration of the renewal of marriage vows of the six couples over a cup of wine and a wedding cake. And then drove to Sea of Galilee. While on our way to the Sea of Galilee our tour guide told us that the sources of living for Israel are the following: 1) tourism, 2) diamonds, 3) farming, and 4) technology.

 

Mr. and Mrs. Justiniano and Minda Grino during the short celebration after their Renewal of Marriage Vows in a souvenir shop (courtesy of Rence Galbo)
Mr. and Mrs. Justiniano and Minda Grino during the short celebration after their Renewal of Marriage Vows in a souvenir shop (courtesy of Rence Galbo)
 

Mr. and Mrs. Dante and Luzviminda Caluag during the short celebration after their Renewal of Marriage Vows in a souvenir shop (courtesy of Rence Galbo)
Mr. and Mrs. Dante and Luzviminda Caluag during the short celebration after their Renewal of Marriage Vows in a souvenir shop (courtesy of Rence Galbo)
 

Mr. and Mrs. Danilo and Lucy Decio during the short celebration after their Renewal of Marriage Vows in a souvenir shop (courtesy of Rence Galbo)
Mr. and Mrs. Danilo and Lucy Decio during the short celebration after their Renewal of Marriage Vows in a souvenir shop (courtesy of Rence Galbo)
 

Dr. and Mrs. Leonardo and Jocelyn Lu during the short celebration after their Renewal of Marriage Vows in a souvenir shop (courtesy of Rence Galbo)
Dr. and Mrs. Leonardo and Jocelyn Lu during the short celebration after their Renewal of Marriage Vows in a souvenir shop (courtesy of Rence Galbo)
 

Inside a souvenir shop after the Mass at the Wedding Church; during a short celebration of those who renewed their wedding vows
Inside a souvenir shop after the Mass at the Wedding Church; during a short celebration of those who renewed their wedding vows
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Inside the souvenir shop during the celebration of those who renewed their marriage vows
 

We arrived at the Sea of Galilee at 11:15am, picture taking and then lunch in Miracle Restaurant-Coffee, on seaside of the Sea of Galilee and then drank a bottle of beer. After our lunch, we went to Tabgha.

 

Jordan Valley as viewed from our tour bus
Jordan Valley as viewed from our tour bus
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Going to the Sea of Galilee for our lunch
Going to the Sea of Galilee for our lunch

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Sea of Galilee portrait
Sea of Galilee portrait
 

Sea of Galilee viewed from the Restaurant near its seashore
Sea of Galilee viewed from the Restaurant near its seashore

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My Side food i ate in a restaurant at Galilee seashore

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Macabee lager beer
 

the Restaurant where we ate our lunch
the Restaurant where we ate our lunch
 

Dates
Dates

Tabgha, from the Greek name heptapegon which means, “Seven Springs,” is an area situated on the north-western shore of the Sea of Galilee in Israel. It is not far from Capernaum and is the site of the Church of the Multiplication, famous for its incredible mosaics and the place commemorating the Miracle of the Multiplication of the Loaves and Fishes: “Then Jesus took the loaves, gave thanks, and distributed them to those who were reclining, and also as much of the fish as they wanted,” (Jn. 6: 11; Mark 6:30-46). The fourth resurrection appearance of Jesus (John 21:1-24) happened too. St. Jerome referred Tabgha as “the solitude” (in Latin: eremos).

We roamed around the Church of the Multiplication (or the Church of Heptapegon) and took pictures. There was a mosaic of the fish and loaves laid next to a large rock, which has caused some New Testament scholars to speculate that the builders of the original church believed that Jesus stood on this rock when He blessed the loaves and the fish just before the feeding of 5,000 men who came to hear Him. The site is maintained by the Benedictine monks.

 

Multiplication of the Loaves Church, Tabgha
Multiplication of the Loaves Church, Tabgha
 

Entrance to the Multiplication of the Loaves Church
Entrance to the Multiplication of the Loaves Church
 

Church of the Multiplication of the Loaves (Church of Heptapegon)
Church of the Multiplication of the Loaves (Church of Heptapegon)
 

Church of the Multiplication of the Loaves (Church of Heptapegon)
Church of the Multiplication of the Loaves (Church of Heptapegon)
 

Church of the Multiplication of the Loaves Church
Church of the Multiplication of the Loaves Church
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The Door of the Multiplication of the Loaves
The Door of the Multiplication of the Loaves
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Outside of the Multiplication of the Loaves Church
Outside of the Multiplication of the Loaves Church
 

Also at Tabgha, a nearby church is the Church of the Primacy of Peter. This is located north of the Church of the Multiplication. It was built on rocks at the shore of the Sea of Galilee. Here Jesus prepared a meal for them on what is known as Mensa Christi, during which Jesus conferred again the primacy of St. Peter. This Church is honoring the memory of Jesus reappearing to his Disciples after his resurrection (third resurrection appearance) and instructing Peter to “feed my sheep”: “He said to him the third time, ‘Simon, son of John, do you love me?’ Peter was distressed that He had said to him a third time, ‘Do you love me?’ and he said to him, ‘Lord, you know everything; you know that I love you.’ [Jesus] said to him, “Feed my sheep,” (Jn. 21: 17).

 

at the Entrance of the Church of the Primacy of Peter
at the Entrance of the Church of the Primacy of Peter
 

Primacy of St. Peter as the background
Primacy of St. Peter as the background
 

in this place Jesus asked Peter for Three times and Commissioned Peter to be the Chief Shepherd
in this place Jesus asked Peter for Three times and Commissioned Peter to be the Chief Shepherd
 

Jesus gave back the authority to St. Peter
Jesus gave back the authority to St. Peter
 

See of Galilee at the back
See of Galilee at the back
 

 Jesus gives authority to Peter
Jesus gives authority to Peter
 

Sea of Gelilee
Sea of Gelilee
 

Inside the Primacy Church
Inside the Primacy Church
 

used to be the hot spa located when you exit the Primacy of St. Peter church
used to be the hot spa located when you exit the Primacy of St. Peter church
 

We left the Church of the Primacy of Peter at around 1:33PM for a boat ride in the Sea of Galilee (Luke 5:1). At the boat, the Philippine flag was raised. The Nene, the wife of an ex-police general Cachuela was the one who raised it and assisted by a boat crew. A gospel passage on calming the sea was read by Fr. Estong and he gave the reflection. It was a windy and sunny afternoon; picture taking in the boat.

The Sea of Galilee, also known as Lake Tiberias and Lake Kinneret, is where Jesus accomplished numerous miracles: “Then He rose and rebuked the winds and the sea and there was a great calm,” (Matt. 8:26); “And in the fourth watch of the night He came to them, walking on the sea,” (Matt. 14:25). He also chose His first disciples on its shores.

The Sea of Galilee is also the largest freshwater lake of Israel. At the other side of the lake is Golan Heights. A key attraction is the site where the water of the Sea of Galilee flows into the Jordan River to which Jesus was baptized by St. John the Baptist. We came to the River to be poured out by the water to renew our Baptism. The assigned priest to do the pouring of water was Fr. Ching Salibay OP

 

going for a boatride at the Sea of Galilee
going for a boatride at the Sea of Galilee
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I rode on this boat at the Sea of Galilee
I rode on this boat at the Sea of Galilee
 

Boatride at the Sea of Galilee
Boatride at the Sea of Galilee
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Inside the Boat
Inside the Boat
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Me and Fr. Estong at the Boat
Me and Fr. Estong at the Boat
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After the Boatride, at the parking area waiting for others to arrive
After the Boatride, at the parking area waiting for others to arrive
   

We went to a diamond factory near Rimonim Mineral Hotel. We entered and somebody explained to us the process and the 4 characteristics of a diamond which are: Cut, Clarity, Color and Carat. It was like a homily I read that followed these 4 Cs of diamond: Christ, Church, Communion, and Charity. Then one of the owners of the factory, explained further these diamond characteristics and its price in the market for .51 to 5 carats ranges from 1,800 to 148,000 US dollar.

The Diamond Factory near to our Hotel - Tiberias
The Diamond Factory near to our Hotel – Tiberias

Then Saher, our tour bus driver, brought us back to Rimonim Mineral Hotel for a rest at around 5pm. The hotel was walking distance at about 350 meters but the bus driver brought us to the hotel.

Take a short rest and then at around 6:47pm we had our dinner; listened to the meeting of the co-hosts for the next day with Fr. Ching Salibay OP, the shepherd of the group, with Millard Villaverde, our tour guide from the Philippines. We went back to our room, rest and sleep. And that was all for the day.

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