This event traditionally marks his ascension to heaven on a chariot of fire (2 Kings 2), and is commemorated in the cave which is identified as his hideout on Mount Carmel.
Highlights of the Christian Event
Haifa, Stella Maris Monastery – although the cave in the church is where the most important venue takes place for candle lighting, the entire area is becoming a focal Christian pilgrimage Holy Land site. On the eve of the feast, July 19, the celebration begins and last until midnight. On July 20th, four successive masses are celebrated in different liturgical styles in the monastery which is also known as the Monastery of Our Lady of Mount Carmel.
Holy Land Sites to Consider Visiting
Mount Carmel, where Elijah issued his challenge of the False Prophets (1 Kings 18:16-24)
Elijah's cave is one of the most sacred caves in the Holy Land and is situated on the foothills of the Carmel.
The Muhraka Monastery a Carmelite monastery which sits on top of the highest peak of the mountain range, and is the site where Elijah defeated the prophets of Baal (I Kings 18:17-40).
Nein a very small Galilean village remembered only because here Jesus brought back to life a widow’s son (Luke 7:11-17) as he was being taken out through the town gate to be buried.
Qaser el Yahud the baptism site in the Jordan River Valley region of the Judea and managed by Israeli Ministry of Tourism, and is where where Elijah ascended to heaven by God (II Kings 2:11)..