This weeks photo challenge is Illumination and what better form of light is there than candlelight!?!?

I went on a road trip to the North of Israel with 2 other travelers that I had met the night before we left.  The three of us headed towards Tiberias and from there up north all along the coast of the sea of Galilee up to Nimrod Castle and back down and around the other side of the sea of Galilee.

We stopped on the North-West shore of the Sea of Galilee in Tabgha at the Church of the Multiplication of the Loaves and Fishes.

It is a very sweet little church and stands on the site of 4th and 5th-century churches, right on the shore of the sea of Galilee. Inside it preserves a splendid early Christian mosaic of the loaves and fishes as well as the traditional stone on which the miraculous meal was laid. What caught my eye were the paintings of The Virgin Mary and Jesus Christ in front of which all visitors lit little candles and said a small prayer. 

The Virgin Mary in the Church of the Multiplication of the Loaves and Fishes.

Jesus Christ in the Church of the Multiplication of the Loaves and Fishes.

I loved standing in this little church, it was peaceful and quiet and had a religious feel about it. I was glad that the little church was not advertised around every corner and over run by tourists. You could still stand here and feel a closeness with God.