Thursday morning started with a bus ride up to the Mount of Olives. There are many passages in the gospels that speak of Jesus going to this high hill facing the old city of Jerusalem. Here is a view of the Old City from the Mount of Olives.
|Fr. Joe Porpiglia presiding at Mass for us at the church of the "Pater Noster". This church commemorates Jesus giving the Our Father to the church.|
|Concelebrants at the Pater Noster Church|
|The Russian Orthodox Church on the Mount of Olives. Unfortunately, no photos are allowed inside.|
|Station 1: Jesus is condemned to Death: This station takes place at the publoic square which is now occupied by the church of St. Anne. It is a wonderful church with beautiful acoustics. We chanted the Salve Regina there.|
|The simple gothic church of St. Anne.|
|Statue of St. Anne and Mary in the curch of St. Anne.|
|Typical scene along the Via Dolorosa|
|Station 3: Jesus falls for the first time.|
|Station 5: Simon helps Jesus carry the cross.|
|Station 8: Jesus greets the women of Jerusalem. This station is mounted is a small stone disk with a Latin Cross on the wall of a Greek monastery.|
|Station 9: Jesus falls for the third time. As we approach the dobule domes of the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, another Roman column marks the place where Jesus falls again under the weight of the cross.|
After an hour or so visiting the various altar and shrines of the Holy Sepulchre Basilica, a group of us returned to the NOtre Dame Center through the Christian Quarter of the Old City. I knew that on Friday, I would havse the afternoon, so I was scoping out some shops that I hoped to return to. When we got back to the center, I learned that the roof obervation deck was open. So I took advantage of it to get some of the good views of the Old City. The city walls are directly across the street from the center.
|View of the Temple Mount and the Mount of Olives from the roof of the Notre Dame Center.|
|The New Gate: (It's a mere 300 years old.) Across the street from the Notre Dame Center. It opens up into the Christian Quarter.|
A leisurely walk home, and to our rooms to prepare for our last full day in the Holy Land.
Friday, April 1, 2011.
Our day started with a walk through the Christian Quarter towards the Jewish Quarter. As we walked along the narrow streets, Rami, our guide pointed out his high school, LaSalle Academy run by the Brothers of Christian Instruction. A little farther along, we came upon the Greek Catholic Patriarchate. Rami asked us if we wanted to see his church. Of course we said yes. WHAT A TREAT. One would think he was in a Greek Orthodox Church, but Rami belongs to the Greek Catholic Church, which is union with Rome. Here are a few pictures of his parish church.
|All the walls, arches, and ceilings are painted frescoes. Beautiful Icons. The iconostasis, the screen which encloses the sanctuary is magnificent. In his tradition, the curtain of the iconostasis is opened during Mass.|
|I thought that the fresco of the Triumphant Entry to Jerusalem would be appropriate after Wednesday night.|
|Even the ceiling is completely painted with frescos.|
I'll be back to complete Friday's blog a bit later.
|The Jewish men praying before the Western Wall. The women have their own location to the right.|
|The men in prayer before the western wall.|
|In the crypt, the tomb of Mary.|
|In the crypt chapel, the mosaic of Mary the teacher of the apostles.|
|On the way to the next church, the statue of King David near his tomb.|
|Mosaics honoring Mary as Queen of Heaven.|
|Celebrating Mass in the Crypt of St. Peter in Gallicante, St. Peter in denial.|
|Peter eing asked by Jesus three time, "Do you love me?"|
|Peter denying Jesus three times.|
|Peter weeping after his denial of Jesus.|
|The eterior of the church of Peter in Gallicantu, (Peter in tears.)|
|Steps climbing to the House of Caiaphas, the High Priest. Jesus would have had to walk up these steps and he was accused and tried.|