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Feast of the Prophet Elijah on Mount Carmel

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July 19-20

All local religions regard Elijah as a major Old Testament prophet. This day 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.

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All local religions regard Elijah as a major Old Testament prophet. This day 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.

Highlights of the feast

Haifa, Church of Stella Maris - Although the cave in the Stella Maris church is the main venue for candle lighting, the whole area is fast becoming a focal point for pilgrimages and festive gatherings. On the eve of the feast, July 19, the pilgrimage to the site begins, lasting until midnight. On July 20th, four successive masses are celebrated in different liturgical styles in the Stella Maris church.

Related sites worth visiting:

  • Elijah’s Cave at the foothills of the Carmel.
  • Muhraka Monastery - on the site where Elijah the Prophet defeated the prophets of Baal (I Kings 18:17-40).
  • Nain - the site of the resurrecting of the widow’s son (Luke 7:11-17).
  • Qaser el Yahud on the Jordan River – where Elijah was taken up by God (II Kings 2:11)

 

Sites & Attractions

 
Large, well-lit cave in the wall of the Old City, which was a quarry in the days of the...
The ruins of a twelfth-century church now mark the village of Emmaus, toward which two ...
Below the Via Dolorosa in Jerusalem’s Old City, lies the Praetorium, built over the si...
The original buildings of this nineteenth century neighborhood, interspersed with bustl...
Franciscan church and monastery on top of Jaffa Hill, built at the end of the 19th cent...
This site on the banks of the Jordan River east of Jericho is where ancient Christians ...
 

Accommodations

 
The Jerusalem Gate Hotel is located by the entrance to the city, It has 9 floors, 298 ...
The Leonardo Negev hotel is located in the heart of Beer Sheva, near city center and ho...
Villa Carmel is a boutique hotel, which offers 15 stylish rooms.
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