36 Then Jesus went with his disciples to a place called Gethsemane, and he said to them, “Sit here while I go over there and pray.” 37 He took Peter and the two sons of Zebedee along with him, and he began to be sorrowful and troubled. 38 Then he said to them, “My soul is overwhelmed with sorrow to the point of death. Stay here and keep watch with me.”
Gethsemani means “oil press” in Hebrew. It is located at the Mount of Olives and stands next to the Church of All Nations, which houses the rock where Jesus is believed to have prayed in agony.
One of the 8 olive trees in the garden. Many have debated on the age of these trees–if they were the ones that stood when Jesus prayed. Research from 2012 says “Analysis of their DNA found they were planted from the same parent plant, possibly in an attempt to preserve a particular lineage.” Olive trees can regenerate themselves through shoots from the parent tree’s roots which in turn, become new trees.
The Church of All Nations is a Roman Catholic Church completed in 1924. It is one of the many churches built by Italian Architect Antonio Barluzzi who is also known as the “Architect of the Holy Land”
The roof has 12 small domes, each representing the 12 countries (Argentina, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Chile, France, Germany, Italy, Mexico, Spain, the United Kingdom and the USA) that donated funds for the building of the church.
The ceiling was intentionally painted a dark blue hue like the sky at night while natural light streams through the beautiful coloured glass.
This is the rock where Jesus is believed to have prayed to God. Matthew 26: 39 “Going a little farther, he fell with his face to the ground and prayed, ‘My Father, if it is possible, may this cup be taken from me. Yet not as I will, but as you will.'”