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Christmas season and the celebration of Christ’s birth is the special time when the attention of the whole world suddenly turns towards the place where He was born – Bethlehem. Millions of people dream of joining the annual commemoration of Jesus’ birth in Bethlehem, yet few still make this important pilgrimage. For those that do choose to realize their dream of Christmas in Bethlehem they will undoubtedly enjoy a very special Christmas experience.
Come Home to Bethlehem
“When the day of Pentecost came, all the believers were gathered together in one place. […] Then they saw what looked like tongues of fire which spread out and touched each person there. They were all filled with the Holy Spirit […]” (Acts 2:1-4)
“A very large crowd spread their cloaks on the road, while others cut branches from the trees and spread them on the road.” (Matthew 21:8)
In the 33 AD, almost 2000 years ago, on a Sunday preceding the Feast of Passover, Jesus humbly entered Jerusalem on a back of a donkey and was ceremonially welcomed by many of the Jewish pilgrims who gathered in the town to celebrate the holiday.
The Jews knew him as a great p
“This is how the birth of Jesus the Messiah came about: His mother Mary was pledged to be married to Joseph, but before they came together, she was found to be pregnant through the Holy Spirit.” (Matt. 1:18)
The news about Mary’s pregnancy made Joseph very upset. However, as a man of honor and faithful to the law, he decided to divorce her quietly to avoid a scandal. Then suddenly, during his sleep, angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph and encouraged him to take Mary as his wife. The child she was bearing was conceived through the Holy Spirit.
Since that day, Joseph always accompanied Mary as a husband and after Jesus’ birth he became his guardian and terrestrial father. Joseph spent a lot of time with the young Jesus and taught him the profession of handicraft and carpentry. The boy probably followed Joseph to many places of his work.
“Jesus fasted for forty days and forty nights” (Mt 4:2)
On Ash Wednesday, 13th of February 2013, the Roman Catholic Church enters the liturgical period of Lent – forty days of fasting, prayer and almsgiving that are going to lead us through the Holy Week towards the joyful celebrations of Easter.
The period of Lend commemorates Christ’s forty days and nights of strict fasting in the desert, right after His baptism and just before the beginning of His public ministry. There in the wilderness of Judea, traditionally on the Mount of Temptation, Je
Is there any better place in the world to visit during Christmas, than in the town of Bethlehem, where Jesus was actually born?
"And everyone went to his own town to register. So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town of David, because he belonged to the house and line of David." (Luke 2:3-4)
Travelujah recommends that Christians to follow in the path of Joseph and to make a similar pilgrimage this year to Bethlehem, the town that many believe is the birthplace of Jesus. To ensure an exciting and festive Christmas season in Bethlehem, a number of religious and cultural
On the 26th of August 2012 the Sisters of Carmel in Bethlehem celebrated their 29th anniversary of the beatification of their founder St. Mary of Jesus Crucified. She was beatificated in 1983 by Blessed Pope John Paul II.
For that annual occasion, many Christians from Bethlehem and other parts of the Holy Land gathered in the beautiful chapel and gardens of the monastery. The feast began with a solemn mass and special prayers to the St. Mary and was followed by a sweet treat prepared by the sisters.
The Feast of Corpus Christi, or commonly called the Feast of the Body and Blood of Christ, is a very important holiday in the Catholic tradition, as it celebrates the institution of the Holy Communion at the Last Supper of Jesus Christ and His disciples. "While they were eating, He took bread, said blessing, broke it, and gave it to them, and said: Take it; this is my body." (Mark 14:22) The mentioned verses of the Gospel of Mark are always read during the Holy Masses before the Eucharist is distributed to the gathered believers.
Origin of the Corpus Christi Feast
The Feast of the Body and Blood of Christ commemorates the happenings from the 1st century A.D., its establishment goes back only the 13th century.
"What shall I return to the LORD for all his goodness to me? I will lift up the cup of salvation and call on the name of the LORD."(Psalm 116:12-13)
For Christians around the world, the Feast of the Ascension which begins on the afternoon of May 8th, 2013 and continues through May 9th, is known as the Solemnity of the Ascension of the Lord, and si a great feast that marks the bodily Ascension of Jesus Christ into heaven.
"[...] Jesus began to do and to teach until the day he was taken up to heaven, after giving instructions through the Holy Spirit to the apostles he had chosen." (Acts 1:1)
The feast is traditionally celebrated on a Thursday, the fortieth day after Easter. "After his suffering, he presented himself to them and gave many convincing proofs that he was alive. He appeared
According to the Roman Catholic tradition (as well followed by some Protestants), Ash Wednesday is the first day of the Lenten Season of prayer and fasting, which lasts 40 days and officially ends on the Holy Thursday, preceding Easter. The date for the Ash Wednesday changes every year, depending on when Easter is. Ash Wednesday 2012 was on February 22nd.
Why the celebration is called Ash Wednesday?
During a special mass service on that day, a priest applies the ashes on our foreheads in the sign of a cross or simply sprinkles the ashes on our head saying the words: "Remember, you are dust and