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Catholic Masses outside Jerusalem

Key:
(A) Arabic (Ara) Armenian (F) French (H) Hebrew (L) Latin
(Ar) Armenian (E) English (G) German (I) Italian (S) Spanish (P) Polish

Churches Sunday Weekday
ABU GOSH
Benedictine Abbey 
(Crusader Church)
P.O.B. 407, Jerusalem 9100301
Tel: 02-5342798, Fax: 02-5340247
E-mail: abbaye-abugosh.info
10:30 (F+L)
(Groups with priests can book their own masses by fax.)
Mon – Thur & Sat 11:30 (F+L)
Fri 7:00 (F+L)
(Groups with priests can book their own masses by fax.)
AKKO 
Terra Sancta Convent, P.O.B. 1023, 24110 Akko
Tel: 04-9917333, Fax: 04-9912910
Church of St. John the Baptist (at the sea shore)
9:30 (A)
Church of St. Francis
7:30 (A)
BETHANY 
St. Lazarus Church
Terra Sancta Convent, P.O.B. 186, 91001 Jerusalem
Tel: 02-2799291, Fax: 02-2797493
11:00 (A) 7:00 (I) Morning prayer and mass
BETHLEHEM
St. Catherine Latin Parish Church
Manger Square, P.O.B. 588, 9100101 Jerusalem
Tel: 02-2742425, Fax 02-2765697
6:30 (I)
7.30 (A)
9:00 (A)
11:00 (A)
6:30 (I)
7:00 (A)
Sat 16.30 (A) (Winter), 18.30 (A) (Summer)
St. Francis Chapel:
Wed 16.30 (A) (Winter), 17.30 (A) (Summer)
Manger Grotto 5:00 (I) Winter
6:00 (I) Summer
8:30 (I) Winter
9:30 (I) Summer
5:00 (I) Winter
6:00 (I) Summer
7:30 (I) Winter
8:30 (I) Summer
Greek Melkite Catholic Church
Star Street, Tel/Fax: 02-2742493
10:00 (A)
Syrian Catholic Church
Manger Street, Tel: 02-2742497, Fax: 02-2770334
9:00 (Syr+A) Winter Saturday 18:00 (syr+A) Summer
Salesian Fathers – Sacred Heart Church
Salesian Street, Tel: 02-2742421, Fax: 02-2747162
8:30 (A) In the Chapel:
6:30 (A)
BEERSHEVA
St. Abraham Latin Parish
51 Ha Shalom Street, P.O.B. 1321, 8411301 Beersheva
Tel: 08-6274614; Fax: 08-6274614
18:15 (H) Mon – Fri 18:30 (H)
Sat 18:30 (E)
CANA – (Galilee)
Shrine of the 1st Miracle, Latin Parish
Church Street – P.O.B.1580, 16930 Cana
Tel: 04-6517011; Fax: 04-6519706
10:00 (A)
EILAT
Latin Parish “Sts. Mose and Elijah
Sderot Ye’elim 318/4, P.O.B. 8264, 88000 Eilat
Telefax: 08-6315739, Mobile: 054 5265788
parish.of.eilat@gmail.com
Saturday 18:30 (E)
Sunday 19:00 (A)
Mon – Thus: 19:00 (S)
Saturday: 12:00 (S) & 18:30 (E)
EMMAUS – KUBEIBEH
Terra Sancta Convent – P.O.B. 186, 91001 Jerusalem
Tel:02-2473612, Fax: 02-2473614
9:00(I+A)
GAZA
Holy Family Church
P.O.B. 149
Tel: 08-2837155
Mobile: 059-8222291
Phone before Phone before
HAIFA 
Stella Maris Mount Carmel
P.O.B. 9000, 31090 Haifa
Tel: 04-8337758, Fax: 04/8330081
E-mail: stellamarischurch@gmail.com
http://www.carmelholylanddco.org/
8:00 (I) 9:00 (E) Mon – Thurs 7:00 (I) Fri 7:00 (E) Sat 7:00 (A)
HAIFA St. Charles
Rosary Sisters, 15 Jaffa Rd. Haifa, Tel. 04-8553705
8:00 (A) 7:30 (A)
HAIFA
St. Joseph
80 Sderot Hameginim, P.O.B. 9047, 3109002 Haifa
Tel: 04-8524346, Fax. 04-8512554
E-mail: pabdou2@hotmail.com
http://www.st-joseph-haifa.org
8:30 (A)
10:00 (A)
19:00 (A)
Mon – Sat 18:00 (A)
Sat 19:00 (E)
HAIFA – St. Elijah Cathedral, greek-catholic
23 Ein Dor St., P.O.B. 9133, 3109101 Haifa
Telefax: 04-8523012
8:00 (A)
10:00 (A)
19:00 (A)
Mon – Fri 7:30 (A)
Sat 18:00 (A)
HAIFA
Maronite Church, St. Louis
5 Rubin Lane, P.O.B.1442, 33091 Haifa
Tel/Fax: 04-8643427
10:00 (A+Syr)
19:00 (A+Syr)
Mon – Wed & Fri 18:00
Sat 10:00
HERZLIYA / Nof HaIam
(in charge St. Anthony Church – Jaffa)
Mobile 054 2474927 (Carlos)
Mobile 054 4904092 (Fr. Marcelo)
Mobile 054 5762984 (Fr. Darma)
Mobiel 054 3079316 (Fr. Toshi)
Phone before Friday 19:30 (E) In order to join, please call before.
JERICHO
Good Shepherd’s Church
Share Jaffa, P.O.B. 23
Tel: 02-2322532, Fax: 02-2326062
E-mail: jerichoparish@hotmail.com
9:30 (A) 19:00 (A)
LATRUN
Abbey of the Trappists
P.O.B.753, Ramleh 72100
Tel: 08-9220065, 9255180 – Fax: 08-9255084
E-mail: latroun1890@live.fr
11:00 (F)
LATRUN
Emmaus-Nicopolis
P.O.B. 638, Ramleh 72100
Tel: 08-9256940, Fax: 08-9246569, Mob. 052-3562071
E-mail: emmaus@beatitudes.org
11.00 (F)
(Phone before)
12.00 Monday
6.30 Tuesday and Thursday
7.00 Saturday
NABLUS – Rafidia
St. Justin, Latin Parish
P.O.B.21, Nablus
Tel/Fax: 09-2344016, Mob. 052 9347174
10:00 (A) 17:00 (A) (Winter)
18:00 (A) (Summer)
NABLUS – Rafidia
Beheading of St. John the Baptist – greek-cath.
P.O.B. 492
Tel: 09-2371492, Fax: 09-2386787, Mob. 059 9204397
E-mail: greekcathchurch@gmail.com
17.00 (A) (Summer)
16.00 (A) (Winter)
7.00 (A)
NAZARETH
Basilica of the Annunciation
Casa Nova Street – P.O.B. 23
Tel: 04-6560001 – Fax: 04-6460203 (Pilgrims’ Office)
For further information
6:30 (I) in the Grotto
7:00 (A) in the Grotto
8:30 (A) at St. Joseph
10:00 am (A) at the Basilica
17:00 (A) in the Grotto
18:00 (A) in the Grotto
6:30 (I) in the Grotto
7:15 (A) at St. Joseph
Saturday 11:00 in the Grotto
Greek Melkite Catholic Church “Synagogue”
near the Basilica of Annunciation
Tel: 04-6568488, Fax: 04-6568488,
Mobil: 050 4321250 (Saher)
10:00 (A)
Maronite Church “Our Lady of the Annunciation”
Street 403/21, 1600002 Nazareth
Tel/Fax: 04-6554256
10:00 (A) Wednesday & Saturday 18:00 (A)
RAMALLAH 
Holy Family Latin Parish
Main Street, P.O.B. 47
Tel: 02-2956026, Fax: 02-2957998
7:00 (A)
10:15 (A)
18:00 (A)
Annunciation Church, greek-catholic
Es’ Sahel Street – P.O.B. 1097
Tel: 02-2956292, Fax: 02-2964315
10:00 (A)
RAMLEH
St. Nicodemus, St. Joseph of Arimathaea
Terra Sancta Convent
1 Rehov Bialik, P.O.B. 19, 7210001 Ramleh
Tel: 08-912087200, Fax: 08-9127201
E-mail: ramlaparish@gmail.com
9:00 (A) Mon – Fri 6:30 or 7:00 (A)
Sat 18:00 (Winter), 19:00 (Summer) (A)
TABGHA 
Benedictine Monastery
Multiplication of Loaves
P.O.B. 52, 14100 Tiberias
Tel: 04-6678100, Fax: 04-6678101
E-mail: monastery@tabgha.net
9:00 (G) at Dalmanuta outside altar during summer; in the church during winter 5:30 Lauds (G)
7:00 Mass (G+E) in the chapel (for joining call before)
TAYBEH
Holy Redeemer, Latin Parish Church
P.O.B. 2
Tel: 02-2898020, Fax: 02-2898160
E-mail: taybeh@latinpat.info
http://www.taybeh.info
8:00 (A)
10:00 (A)
17:00 (A) Winter
18:00 (A) Summer
St. George Martyr, greek-catholic parish, 
Main Street, Tel/Fax: 02-2898027
9:30 (A) 6:00 (A)
TEL-AVIV – JAFFA
St. Peter’s Church
Mifrats Shlomo 1- P.O.B. 8467, 6108302 Tel Aviv
Tel: 03/6822871, 050/7461707
9:00 (E)
18:00 (P)
19:15 (H)
Monday – Friday 7:00 (E)
Saturday 18:30 (H); 18:30 (Sp)
St. Anthony, Latin Parish Church
51 Yaphet St., P.O.B. 8423, 61083 Jaffa – Tel Aviv
Tel: 03-5133800, Fax: 03-6830352
E-mail: stanthony.jaffa@gmail.com
9:00 (A)
10:30 (E)
18:30 (A)
Mon – Sat 7:00 (E)
Wed 20:00 (E)
Sat 9:00 (Indian); 11:00 (E); 17:00 (Tagalog); 18:30 (A); 19.30 (E)
Our Lady Woman of Valor Pastoral Center
33 Shivat Zion Street, Tel Aviv
9.30 (Tagalog) Mon – Fri 20:00 (Tagalog)
Friday 19:00 Adoration
Saturday 15:00 Saturday evening mass (E or H or Tagalog)
16:30 Saturday evening mass (Tagalog)
18:00 Saturday evening mass (E)
19:30 Saturday evening mass (Tagalog)
Maronite Church, St. Anthony
22 Hadolphin St., P.O.B. 41078, 68034 Jaffa
Tel: 03-6823314, Fax: 03-6824460
Saturday 17:00 (A)
Greek Catholic Annunciation Church
Tel: 03-6817128, Mob. 052 2669296
E-mail: fr_karim70@hotmail.com
9.00 (A) Sat 17.00 (A)
Deutschsprachige Kath. Seelsorge – St. Peter’s Church
Tel: 054-2538932 (P. Matthias Karl OSB);
E-mail: seelsorger@dormitio.net
http://dormitio.net/engagement/seelsorge/index.html
14-tägig Samstags um 11:00 Uhr
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TIBERIAS
St. Peter’s Latin Parish
The Promenade, P.O.B. 179, 1410101 Tiberias
Tel: 04-6720516, Fax: 04-6720961
tiberias@koinoniagb.org
www.saintpeterstiberias.org
8:30 (E) Tue – Thur 19:00 (E)
Fri 18:30 (E)
Sat 18.30 (H)

Catholic Masses in Jerusalem

CATHOLIC MASSES IN JERUSALEM

Key:
(A) Arabic (Ara) Aramean (F) French (H) Hebrew (L) Latin
(Ar) Armenian (E) English (G) German ( ) Italian (S) Spanish

Church Sunday Weekday
ARMENIAN CATHOLIC PATRIARCHATE
III Station, Via Dolorosa 36, P.O.B. 19546, 9119401 Jerusalem
Tel: 02-6260880, 6284262; Fax: 02-6272123
9:00 (Ar)
AUSTRIAN HOSPICE
Holy Family Chapel, 37 Via Dolorosa, Old City, P.O.B. 19600, 9119402 Jerusalem
E-mail: rector@austrianhospice.com
Tel: 02-6265800; Fax: 02-6265816
10:30 (G) Tue – Sat 8:00 (G)
BASILICA OF THE HOLY SEPULCHRE
Old City, P.O.B. 428, 9100301 Jerusalem
Tel: 02-6267000 (convent) 02-6267011 (sacristy); Fax: 02-6276601
www.santosepolcro.custodia.org
Summertime:
5:30 Mass in the Chapel of the Blessed Sacrament
6:00 – 8:00 (approx. every 30 min) Masses on Calvary in different languages
6:00 Mass in the Holy Tomb (space is limited)
6:30 High Mass (L) in front of the Holy Tomb
18:00 Mass in the Chapel of the Blessed Sacrament

Wintertime:
4:30 Mass in the Chapel of the Blessed Sacrament
5:00 – 7:00 (approx. every 30 min) Mass on Calvary in different languages
5:00 Mass in the Holy Tomb (space is limited)
5:30 High Mass (L) in front of the Holy Tomb
17:00 Mass in the Chapel of the Blessed Sacrament

EASTER CELEBRATIONS

NOTE: There is no public Christmas Vigil Mass nor
Christmas Day Mass in the Basilica!

Summertime:
5:30 Mass in the Chapel of the Blessed Sacrament
6:00 – 8:00 (approx. every 30 min) Masses on Calvary in different languages
7:30 High Mass (L) in front of the Holy Tomb (except Fridays)
18:00 Mass in the Chapel of the Blessed Sacrament

Wintertime:
4:30 Mass in the Chapel of the Blessed Sacrament
5:00 – 7:00 (every 30 min) Mass on Calvary in different languages
6:30 High Mass (L) in front of the Holy Tomb (except Fridays)
17:00 Mass in the Chapel of the Blessed Sacrament

EASTER CELEBRATIONS

NOTE: There is no public Christmas Vigil Mass nor
Christmas Day Mass in the Basilica!

CO-CATHEDRAL OF THE LATIN PATRIARCHATE
Tel: +972 547225581 for information.
10:30 (Sp) (except July and August)
DORMITION ABBEY
Mount Sion, P.O.B. 22
Tel: 02-5655330, Fax: 02-5655331
E-mail: pforte@dormitio.net
www.dormitio.net
7:00 Laudes
10:00 Eucharistiefeier (G)
12:15 Mittagsgebet
18:15 Vesper
20:00 Komplet
Monday – Saturday:
6:00 Vigil
7:00 Eucharistiefeier mit Laudes
12:15 Mittagsgebet
18:15 Vesper
20:00 Komplet (samstags: Vigil)
EIN KEREM – CHURCH OF THE VISITATION
P.O.B. 1718, Jerusalem 9101602
Tel: 02-6417291; Fax 02-6431163
6:30 (I)
(In order to participate, people are invited to phone the day before, preferably at noon.)
6:30 (I)
(In order to participate, people are invited to phone the day before, preferably at noon.)
EIN KEREM, ST. JOHN’s CHURCH
P.O.B. 1704, Jerusalem 9101602
Tel: 02-6323000; Fax: 02-6433451
8:00 (I) 7:15 (I)
FRANCISCAINES DE MARIE
112 Nablus Road, P.O.B. 19049, 9119001 Jerusalem
Tel: 02-6276876; Fax: 02-6274828
9:00 (F) 18:00 (F)
FRANCISCAN CAPUCHIN CONVENT
18 Disraeli St., Tel. 02-6516906/7; Fax. 02-5611162
E-mail: framcap@netvision.net.il
10:00 (I)
FRANCISCAN CONVENT OF THE FLAGELLATION
1 Via Dolorosa, P.O.B. 19424, 9119301 Jerusalem
Tel: 02-6270444; 02-6270460 (sisters) Fax: 02-6264519
7:00 (I) 6:30 (I)
FRANCISCAN CONVENT ON MOUNT ZION “Ad Sanctum Coenaculum”
Mount Zion, Jerusalem 9114001
Tel. 02-6209900: Fax: 02-6209933
7:00 (I) 7:00 (I)
FRENCH HOSPITAL ST. JOSEPH
Sheikh Jarrah, P.O.B. 19264
Tel: 02-5911911; Fax: 02-5828866
8:30 (E) 6:30 (F)
GERMAN HOSPICE – ST. CHARLES
12 LIoyd George St., P.O.B. 8020, 9108001 Jerusalem
Tel: 02-5637737/ 5635945; Fax: 02-5636078
8:00 (G)

Please phone before!

6:00 or 6:45 (G) phone before

Please phone before!

GETHSEMANE – BASILICA OF THE AGONY
Mount of Olives, P.O.B. 19094, 9119002 Jerusalem
Tel: 02-6266444; Fax: 02-6261415
7:00 (I)
16:00 (L+I) afterwards ca. 1/2 hour adoration
Mon – Wed & Fri – Sat 6:30 (I) On solemnities at 7:00
Thurs 16:00 (I)
1st Thursday 20:30 Holy Hour (Memorial of Gethsemane)
GREEK MELKITE CATHOLIC PATRIARCHATE
Jaffa Gate, P.O.B. 14130
Tel: 02-6282023/ 6271968; Fax: 02-6286652
9:00 (A)
11:00 (A) in Beit Hanina
(Tel: 02-5857673)
Mon – Wed & Fri 7:00 (A)
Thur & Sat 18:00 (A)
HEBREW SPEAKING CATHOLIC VICARIATE – STs. SIMEON AND ANNE HOUSE
10 HaRav Kook St., P.O.B. 581
Tel: 02-6248255; Fax: 02-6248256, Mob. 054 7822843
www.catholic.co.il
18:30 (H) 18:30 (H)
MARONITE VICARIATE
Maronite Road 25, P.O.B. 14219, Jerusalem 9114102
Tel: 02-6282158; Fax: 02-6272821
10:00 (A) Phone before
MISSIONARY DAUGHTERS OF CALVARY (Colegio espanol)
15 Kanyis St., P.O.B. 14250, 91142 Jerusalem
Tel. 02-6282675; Fax. 02-6287145
6:30 (S)
Except Friday
NOTRE DAME CENTER
New Gate, P.O.B. 20531, 9120402 Jerusalem
Tel: 02-6279111; Fax: 02-6271995
e-mail: info@notredamecenter.org
www.notredamecenter.org
9:00 Sunday Mass (E)
17:30 Eucharistic Adoration
18:15 Eucharistic Blessing
18:30 Mass (E)
17:30 Eucharistic Adoration
18:15 Eucharistic Blessing
18:30 Mass (E)
PAULUS – HAUS
Nablus Road 97, P.O.B. 19070, 9119001 Jerusalem
Tel. 02-6267800; Fax: 02-6272397
Saturday 17:30 (G)
PATER NOSTER (Carmelite Sisters)
Mount of Olives, P.O.B. 19064, 9119001 Jerusalem
Tel: 02-6283143; Fax: 02-6274664
E-mail: carmeldupater@gmail.com
7:30 (F) 7:30 (F)
PONTIFICAL BIBLICAL INSTITUTE
3 Emile Botta St., P.O.B. 497, 9100401 Jerusalem
Tel: 02-6252843; Fax: 02-6241203
E-mail: doanncj@sjcuria.org
19:00 (E) 19:00 (E)
POOR CLARES – MONASTERY SAINTE CLAIRE
1 Chanoch Albeck St., P.O.B. 1013, 9100901 Jerusalem
Tel: 02-6717534; Fax: 02-6725043
E-mail: clarisse.gerusalemme@pcn.net
8:00 (F or I)

Please phone before!

Monday – Friday: 7:00 (F or I)
Saturday: 8:00 (F or I)

Please phone before!

ROSARY SISTERS
14 Agron Street, P.O.B. 54, Jerusalem 9100001
Tel: 02-6258529; Fax: 02-6235581
E-mail: rosry_14@netvision.net.il
10:00 (E)
ST. ANNE’S CHURCH
Lion’s Gate, P.O.B. 19079, 9119002 Jerusalem
Tel: 02-6283285/ 6281992; Fax: 02-6280764
7:00 (F) 6:45 (F)
ST. JAMES – Beit Hanina
Nablus Rd., P.O.B. 20089, 9120001 Beit Hanina
Tel: 02-5851477; Fax: 02-5851477
10:00 (A)
17:00 (A) (Winter)
18:00 (A) (Summer)
17:00 (A) (Winter)
18:00 (A) (Summer)
ST. SAVIOUR’S LATIN PARISH CHURCH
St. Francis St. 1, P.O.B. 186, 9100101 Jerusalem
Tel: 02-6266613, Fax: 02-6284586
E-mail: latinparishjer@custodia.org
www.latinparishjer.tripod.com
8:30 (L/I) Mass
9:30 (A) High Mass
11:00 (A)
17:00 (A) – Winter; 18:00 (A) – Summer
6:30 (I)
7:15 (A)
8:00 (I)
Sat 17:00 (A) – Winter; Sat 18:00 (A) – Summer
ST. STEPHEN’S CHURCH
Ecole Biblique, 83 Nablus Rd., P.O.B. 19053, 9119001 Jerusalem
Tel: 02-6264468/9; Fax: 02-6282567
www.ebaf.edu
7:15 Prayer (F)
11:30 (F)
6:30 Prayer (F)
12:00 noon (F)
SYRIAN CATHOLIC EXARCHATE OF JERUSALEM
6 Chaldean St.(near Nablus Rd.), P.O.B. 19787, 9119702 Jerusalem
Tel: 02-6282657; Fax: 02-6284217
E-mail: st-thomas@bezeqint.net
10:00 (Ara + A)
TERRA SANTA COLLEGE
2 Keren Hayesod St., P.O.B. 871, 9100801 Jerusalem
Tel: 02-5398350; Fax: 02-5398303
8:00 (I)
Phone before!
6:30 (I)
Phone before!

Church of the Nativity

The Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem is a major Christian holy site, as it marks the traditional place of Christ’s birth. It is also one of the oldest surviving Christian churches. Map.

Map of Church of Nativity
Map of Church of Nativity

The first evidence of a cave here being venerated as Christ’s birthplace is in the writings of St Justin Martyr around AD 160. In 326, the Roman emperor Constantine ordered a church to be built and in about 530 it was rebuilt by Justinian. The Crusaders later redecorated the interior, but much of the marble was looted in Ottoman times. In 1852 shared custody of the church was granted to the Roman Catholic, Armenian and Greek Orthodox churches, the Greeks caring for the Grotto of the Nativity.

The grotto is the church’s focal point. A silver star is set in the floor over the spot where Christ is said to have been born. The wide nave survives intact from Justinian’s time, although the roof is 15th-century, with 19th-century restorations. Thirty of the nave’s 44 columns carry Crusader paintings of saints, and the Virgin and Child, although age and lighting conditions make them hard to see. The columns are of polished, pink limestone, most of them reused from the original 4th-century basilica. Fragments of high quality mosaics decorate the walls. Incorporating columns and capitals from the 12th-century Augustinian monastery that previously stood here, this attractive, peaceful cloister was rebuilt in Crusader style in 1948.

Church of the Nativity, Plan
Church of the Nativity, Plan

The birth of Jesus is narrated in the Gospels of Matthew and Luke. Matthew gives the impression that Mary and Joseph were from Bethlehem and later moved to Nazareth because of Herod’s decree, while Luke indicates that Mary and Joseph were from Nazareth, and Jesus was born in Bethlehem while they were in town for a special census.

Church of the Nativity, Plan
Church of the Nativity, Plan

Scholars tend to see these two stories as irreconcilable and believe Matthew to be more reliable because of historical problems with Luke’s version. But both accounts agree that Jesus was born in Bethlehem and raised in Nazareth. According to Luke 2:7 (in the traditional translation), Mary “laid him in a manger because there was no room for them in the inn.”

Church of the Nativity, Plan
Church of the Nativity, Plan

But the Greek can also be rendered, “she laid him in a manger because they had no space in the room” — we should perhaps imagine Jesus being born in a quiet back room of an overflowing one-room house. The gospel accounts don’t mention a cave, but less than a century later, both Justin Martyr and the Protoevangelium of James say Jesus was born in a cave.

Church of the Nativity, Grotto
Church of the Nativity, Grotto

This is reasonable, as many houses in the area are still built in front of a cave. The cave part would have been used for stabling and storage – thus the manger. The first evidence of a cave in Bethlehem being venerated as Christ’s birthplace is in the writings of Justin Martyr around 160 AD. The tradition is also attested by Origen and Eusebius in the 3rd century.

In 1852, shared custody of the church was granted to the Roman Catholic, Armenian and Greek Orthodox churches. The Greeks care for the Grotto of the Nativity.

Door of Humility

The Crusader doorway, marked by a pointed arch, was reduced to the present tiny size in the Ottoman period to prevent carts being driven in by looters. A massive lintel above the arch indicates the door’s even larger original size.

It’s a small door, only about four feet tall and two feet wide.  You have to bow down to go through it. The threshold is surrounded by three large stones.  For security reasons, there is usually an armed soldier standing next to it.

All pilgrims who visit the sacred site of Jesus’ birth, must bow down to enter. They must bow as the Magi did in bringing their gifts from afar.  The gospels say that as they approached the child, they fell down and worshiped, and only then offered their treasures.  They approached him in great humility      .

Grotto

Interior

Taybeh

Taybeh
Taybeh

The Palestinian village of Taybeh, was visited by Jesus seeking refuge shortly before his crucifixion. Economic and political pressures have forced some 12,000 residents of Taybeh to emigrate to the Americas, Europe and Australia. To ensure jobs for those who remain (only 1,300!), the churches and the Taybeh Municipal Council are working to improve the local economy. Map.

Taybeh
Taybeh

In order to sell their olive oil, the created a ceramic workshop to make dove-shaped peace lamps. A school to train stone-cutters. And finally a microbrewery, the only one in the Middle East. Their beer is even brewed under franchise in Germany. An annual beer festival in October, backed by church and community organizations as well as by diplomatic missions, promotes local products, culture and tourism. The Taybeh Oktoberfest attracts thousands each year, including Christians, Muslims, Jews and overseas visitors from as far away as Japan and Brazil.

Taybeh
Taybeh

Jesus went to Taybeh, called Ephraim those times, after he raised Lazarus to life and the Jewish leaders planned to put Jesus to death. Taybeh hosts three different communities (Greek Orthodox, Roman Catholic (Latin) and Greek Catholic (Melkite)). When they celebrate Christmas, they celebrate this on December 25 according to the Western calendar and Easter according to the Eastern calendar.

Taybeh
Taybeh

The town was first created 4,500 years ago by the Canaanites. The biblical name was Ophrah of the tribe of Benjamin. In 1187, Muslim sultan Saladin changed the biblical name to Taybeh (meaning “good and kind” in Arabic). The villagers regard St George as their patron. The Greek Orthodox and Melkite churches are both named in his honor.

Taybeh
Taybeh

An excellent corporation between Palestinians, Christian church and international diplomatic missions leads to welcome income for Taybeh.