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Feast of the Prophet Elijah

The Feast of the Prophet Elijah (C) traditionally marks his ascension to heaven on a chariot of fire, and is celebrated in a cave which is identified as his hideout on Mount Carmel. The feast and pilgrimage to the site begin on the eve of July 19 and last until midnight. On July 20th, four successive masses are celebrated in different liturgical styles in the Stella Maris Church. The cave in the Stella Maris Church is the main venue for candle lighting, but the whole area is fast becoming a focal point for pilgrimages and festive gatherings.

Feast of Visitation

Week of Prayer for Christian Unity

Christians in the Holy Land have recently completed a special week (January 19-27) of prayer for unity among the Christians in the Holy Land, which takes place annually at the end of January. Christians belonging to various communities congregated each day of the week at a church of a different denomination and prayed together. Information with a list of the churches that participated is available at the Christian Information Center, near Jaffa Gate in the Old City. The services were generally held each afternoon for one hour and were followed by a reception.

Eastertide to Pentecost

With Easter behind them, Catholics worldwide are preparing for Pentecost, commemorating the descent of the Holy Spirit upon the Apostles (Acts 2, 1-4). In Jerusalem the feast is celebrated at Hagia Maria Sion Abbey on Mount Zion. Its unique blue conical roof, four ornamented towers and landmark clock tower make it an architectural gem. The basilica is a German Benedictine church completed in 1910 and built over the ruins of a Byzantine church, the Hagia Sion basilica and a 12th century Crusader church - Santa Maria in Monte Sion.

Holy Week and Easter in Jerusalem

The period of Lent is drawing to a close, and both the local Christians and thousands of pilgrims who have come to the Holy City are getting ready to celebrate Holy Week and its culmination on Easter Sunday – the most important time of the Christian liturgical year.

There is nothing like experiencing Holy Week in Jerusalem. Celebrating the greatest events of salvation history and of Jesus’ life at the very sites where they occurred is a moving and unforgettable experience of faith for all believers.

Easter in Jerusalem

Imagine what it would be like to celebrate Holy Week and Easter in Jerusalem.

The Annunciation in Nazareth

"And the angel said to her: Fear not, Mary, for you have found grace with God. Behold you shall conceive in your womb and shall bring forth a son: and you shall call his name Jesus" Luke 1:30-31.

We invite you to celebrate the Annunciation Feast in Nazareth.


When Pentecost day came round, they had all met together, when suddenly there came from heaven a sound as of a violent wind which filled the entire house in which they were sitting, and there appeared to them tongues as of fire; these separated and came to rest on the head of each of them. They were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak different languages as the Spirit gave them power to express themselves." * (Acts 2: 1-4)