Holy Week Photoblog: The Upper Room

Today we revisit the place where Jesus and the disciples had the Last Supper. P1130460

Our tour group sang "Amazing Grace" before our spiritual leader, Pastor Larry  led the devotion. It gave me goosebumps when other tour groups from different countries joined in and sang the song with us. It was like a preview of how people of all nations, every tribe and tongue would come and worship the Lord together when He comes again.

Our tour group sang “Amazing Grace” before our spiritual leader, Pastor Larry led the devotion. It gave me goosebumps when other tour groups from different countries joined in and sang the song with us. It was like a preview of how people of all nations, every tribe and tongue would come and worship the Lord together when He comes again.

A niche inside The Upper Room.

A niche inside The Upper Room.

Luke 22:10-20 10 He replied, “As you enter the city, a man carrying a jar of water will meet you. Follow him to the house that he enters, 11 and say to the owner of the house, ‘The Teacher asks: Where is the guest room, where I may eat the Passover with my disciples?’ 12 He will show you a large room upstairs, all furnished. Make preparations there.” 13 They left and found things just as Jesus had told them. So they prepared the Passover. 14 When the hour came, Jesus and his apostles reclined at the table. 15 And he said to them, “I have eagerly desired to eat this Passover with you before I suffer. 16 For I tell you, I will not eat it again until it finds fulfillment in the kingdom of God.” 17 After taking the cup, he gave thanks and said, “Take this and divide it among you. 18 For I tell you I will not drink again from the fruit of the vine until the kingdom of God comes.” 19 And he took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to them, saying, “This is my body given for you; do this in remembrance of me.” 20 In the same way, after the supper he took the cup, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood, which is poured out for you.

The Upper Room or Cenacle, in Latin.

The Upper Room or Cenacle, in Latin.

This is the doorway where Jesus is believed to have appeared to his disciples after His resurrection.

This is the doorway where Jesus is believed to have appeared to his disciples after His resurrection.

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Holy Week Photoblog: Dominus Flevit

Today we’ll revisit the location where Jesus wept over the fate of Jerusalem. Dominus Flevit which means “The Lord Wept” is a Franciscan church shaped like a tear drop.

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Located at the lower side of the Mount of Olives, the altar from the inside of the church has an excellent view of Jerusalem.

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Luke 19:41-44

41 As he approached Jerusalem and saw the city, he wept over it 42 and said, “If you, even you, had only known on this day what would bring you peace—but now it is hidden from your eyes. 43 The days will come upon you when your enemies will build an embankment against you and encircle you and hem you in on every side. 44 They will dash you to the ground, you and the children within your walls. They will not leave one stone on another, because you did not recognize the time of God’s coming to you.”

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When the body of the deceased has decomposed, the bones are usually gathered and encased in these ossuaries (or bone boxes).

When the body of the deceased has decomposed, the bones are usually gathered and encased in these ossuaries (or bone boxes).

One of the ancient burial caves that house these ossuaries.

One of the ancient burial caves that house these ossuaries.



HOLY LAND 2014: Crossing the border from Egypt to Israel

Our stay in Egypt seemed to go by so fast. I know we were able to visit a good number of touristy places but there is so much more to explore. Our tour guide Moses told us that the new Egyptian Museum would open next year and I’m thinking I should definitely go back. There are other places to see like Abu Simbel, the Valley of the Kings, Karnak, Luxor and Joseph’s Storehouses.

After a 10-hour bus ride, our group arrived at the Egypt land port where we had to cross the border to Israel. Marco, our tour guide number 2 warned us to not take photos or videos at the border because they were very strict. Once you get off the bus, it’s best that you find your luggage right away or an attendant will take it for you and you have to pay him $5. Call me kuripot but I didn’t want to! Imagine, an attendant will take your luggage, put it on a cart along with the others and he gets $5 from each of you? I can handle my luggage, thank you very much!

When you get to the land port, there’s a security check. It’s best to pull out your travel documents and passport and bring them with you as you pass through the scanner. We filled out a small sheet and had our passports stamped and we were out of Taba in less than an hour. The Israel land port is another story. It’s very memorable for me because THEY TOOK MY PASSPORT! I remember following the rules–I didn’t horse around, I didn’t even take photos or videos! When it was my turn to show my passport, the female immigration officer asked me if I spoke English and I said “Yes.” After that, she took my passport and said they have to hold it for security reasons. I thought it was a routine thing initially, but when I saw the rest of my tour group still had their passports with them, my heart started pounding so fast. Continue reading