Meeting Mary and Joseph in Nazareth

Following His Footsteps

Jesus of Nazareth. There is no escaping the importance of Nazareth to the life of Jesus Christ. Nazareth may be best known as the childhood home of Jesus. It is there Mary meets the Angel Gabriel, there Joseph raises Jesus to be a carpenter, and there Jesus is ultimately rejected. Yet there is still one event that stands above all in Nazareth– It is in Nazareth that Mary, the Bearer of God, said yes.

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Today was an early morning for us pilgrims as we had to travel about an hour and half from Jerusalem to Nazareth. Upon arriving, our first stop was to visit the Church of the Annunciation. This Church commemorates and is the traditional site of where the Angel Gabriel informed Mary she would bear a son. This is the largest Church in the Holy Land, and resembles a fortress to convey its permanence. Upon entering the church…

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