The Mystery of the Covenant:
From the Tent of Meeting… to the heavenly Jerusalem!
Program not definitive, possibly subject to change.
Saturday, January 23
Enter the “retreat”
Reception at Tel Aviv Airport
Road through the desert, to Eilat, at the edge of the Red Sea
Overnight in Eilat at the Magic Palace Hotel.
“Hear, O Israel!” (Deut 6:4)
Sunday, January 24
In the desert
Together, under the Cloud, listening to "God-with-us"
The gift of the Covenant at Sinai, mystery of nuptials
The Ark of the Covenant, place of Presence
Meeting in the Negev Desert, in the Timna Park
Reception of the delegations, organization in 12 tribes, by linguistic groups
Visit of a reproduction of the Tent of the Meeting (cf. Ex 40)
Time of solitude: "To know your inmost heart" (Deut 8:2)
Afternoon: drive through the desert to Arad
Bedouin meal, night under large tents of Bedouins
Monday 25 January
Go up to Jerusalem,
crossing the Jordan
" I rejoiced when they said to me, ‘Let us go to the house of the LORD.’
(...) There the tribes go up, the tribes of the LORD!” (Ps 122:1.4)
Road to Qasr al Yahud, at the Jordan, the place of the baptism of Jesus
The crossing of the Jordan with the ark, to enter the "promised land"
The preparation of the bride, for the renewal of the Covenant in Jesus
Road to Jerusalem. Deposit in different places, reception by local people to "go up to Jerusalem" in 12 convergent itineraries.
Installation at the Royal Hotel, for the rest of the sojourn
Eve: reception in the Church of Jerusalem, by Msgr. Pierbattista Pizzaballa
Tuesday, January 26
The anointing of David,
the gift of the Spirit,
the King Spouse
Day at the Carmel of Bethlehem, where David received the royal anointment
"From that day on, the spirit of the LORD rushed upon David” (1 Sam 16:13)
On the way back, stop at Tantur: meditation in front of an icon
In the heavenly Jerusalem:
kings and queens, children (Mt 18:3) and virgins (Rev 14:4)
Eve: The joy of the Church Bride
Wednesday, January 27
When the veil is torn ...
"He gave the power to become children of God" (Jn 1:12)
Day lived in tribe, at Jerusalem
Relay of prayer on Golgotha:
The heart, the breach and the source (Jn 19:33)
In the Carmel of Pater Noster, place of the teaching of the Lord's Prayer, place of Ascension:
The joy of the children of the Father who shout "Abba!"
At the Dormition or at the Tomb of the Virgin
The Assumption of Mary, Ark of the Covenant
Eve: Enter the "Holy of Holies"
Thursday, January 28
In Galilee, for a return to the sources of our call
For the consecrated virgins: in Magdala,
regain the freshness of first love
For the pastors: in Tabgha,
regain the missionary zeal of the first apostles
Afternoon: together on the Lake of Tiberias
"Then I saw something like a sea of glass" (Rev 15:2)
Meal at the shore of the lake, thereafter return to Jerusalem
Friday, January 29
Enter into the intercession of Christ,
for the Church, for the world ...
Surround Jerusalem with prayer
"Upon your walls, Jerusalem, I have stationed sentinels" (Is 62:6)
Persevere at Gethsemane
"A Woman (...) wailed aloud in pain as she labored to give birth" (Rev 12:1-2)
Eve: entry into Shabbat.
The rest of the 8th day
Saturday, January 30
Taste the joy of saying together:
Great day of celebration with local Christians, at Kiryat Yearim, where David gathered the 12 tribes for the transfer of the Ark to Jerusalem (cf. 2 S 6 and Jos 5:9)
The Church, Ark of the Covenant, is preparing for its transfer to the heavenly Jerusalem
The joy of the Bride who is preparing for the wedding...
"The Spirit and the Bride say, Come! » (Rev 22:17)
Eve: Mass of Thanksgiving (Sunday Mass), and sending
Sunday, January 31
Departure for the airport
(Possibility for those who wish to stay four more days to visit some places in the country.)