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Ask Gila where is the best place to propose on my holy land pilgrimage

  • "Our church is taking a tour to the Holy Land and I am planning to go.  The girl I have been dating is planning to go too.  I am still praying for Gods guidance but was considering proposing to her on this trip.  Maybe at the site of the wedding in Cana.  I am a planner and wanted to begin my research in advance so if this were possible, I would be ready way before I get there.

    My question would be your thoughts on that or are there other places that would have more meaning?  I love that married couples renew their vows there but we are not married yet.  Where would be a good location to begin our journey together?" 

    M.D. Tennessee
How nice!  What a great idea to propose on your holy land pilgrimage.  The first thing is to coordinate in advance with your pastor, the one who will be leading the trip.  He will have speaking time at various of the sites and he could lead up to you making your proposal.  If I were you, I would speak to him about two to four weeks before the tour, so he could put some thought into it.  And then you will have to be flexible, to be ready.  If it doesn't work out at one venue, then the second.
 

Wedding Church in Cana where Jesus turned water to wine

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Courtyard of the Wedding Church in Cana where Jesus turned water to wine

 
The Cana church is a great venue if you are Catholic and a mass is planned.  Seeing as you will be coming in peak season, the space outside the church which others who are not Catholic use, will be crowded and not private.  Here are some alternatives:

The Mount of Beatitudes where we remember Jesus giving the Sermon on the Mount.  It is a lovely spot and more than likely your group can gather in a private spot. You can study the Sermon on the Mount beforehand (Matthew chapters 5, 6 and 7) and draw something out as inspiration.
 

Mount of Beatitudes commemorates Jesus' Sermon on the Mount

Photo courtesy of Tom Holdman

Mount of Beatitudes commemorating Jesus' Sermon on the Mount

 
Rainbow over the Mount of Beatitudes

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The Mount of Beatitudes is under the left side of the rainbow

 
Another possibility is the boat ride on the Sea of Galilee.  You would need to check in advance whether your group will be the only one on the boat.  Then when the boat stops in the middle of the sea and and the captain turns off the engine, you could surprise your "intended" (and the group!) with your proposal.
 

Wooden boat on the Sea of Galilee

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Wooden boat on the Sea of Galilee

 
Sunrise over the Sea of Galilee as seen from Tiberias

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Sunrise over the Sea of Galilee as seen from Tiberias

 
You could say she is the one you have chosen to ride out the storms of life with the help of Jesus.  And you could bring some music (gospel or church music) that summarizes your relationship (and your hopes) and play it over the boat audio system, or even have the group sing it.  "What a Friend we have in Jesus" is a good choice or "How Great Thou Art."  Perhaps you could play her favorite hymn.  There are many romantic and creative possibilities here.
 

A fisherman casting his net out into the Sea of Galilee

Photo:  Gila Yudkin

A fisherman casting his net out into the Sea of Galilee

 
Or you could propose on the two thousand year old Temple Steps. They are outside the Temple Mount, below the southern wall.  There is a lot of room and private space.  You'll be on the steps where pilgrims in the time of Jesus ascended to the Temple.  They joyfully sang the Song of Ascents.
 

Hulda Gates in the southern Temple wall once led into the Temple Mount

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Hulda Gates in the southern Temple wall once led into the Temple Mount

 
My favorite is psalm 126 a happy psalm: "When the Lord brought back the captivity of Zion, we were like those who dream.  Then our mouth was filled with laughter and our tongue with singing.  Then they said among the nations, 'The Lord has done great things for them.'  The Lord has done great things for us and we are glad."
 
Yet another possibility, at the end of the tour would be the Garden Tomb where your group will have some reflection time.  Again you will need to coordinate this with your pastor.  Usually the group takes communion at the Garden Tomb.  The theme at the empty tomb is the burial and resurrection of Jesus.
 

The Garden Tomb outside Jerusalem's Old City

Photo:  Gila Yudkin

The Garden Tomb outside Jerusalem's Old City

 

The Garden Tomb is empty!

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The Garden Tomb is empty!

 

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I hope I have given you some good ideas.  Good luck with your proposal.  One thing you might want to arrange, in addition, is to have flowers put in her hotel room after you propose.  You can arrange this with the hotel or the guide a day or two beforehand or even afterwards.
 
I'm sorry that I am not the guide of your tour.  I LOVE arranging this type of happy event on tour.  Your group will love being included and "the proposal" will be one of the highlights of the pilgrimage for everyone!
 

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