Holy Week Photoblog: Holy Sepulchre

The Holy Sepulchre is believed by a lot of Christians as the place where Jesus Christ was crucified (Golgotha) and where He rose from the dead.  

THE MAIN ENTRANCE: It took a while for us to get through those doors as it was very crowded inside. I find it interesting that different Christian denominations share control of the church but Muslims are said to have the keys to the main door.

THE MAIN ENTRANCE:
It took a while for us to get through those doors as it was very crowded inside. I find it interesting that different Christian denominations share control of the church but Muslims are said to have the keys to the main door.

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Lines and lines of tourists flocked towards this huge structure--the entrance to the tomb of Jesus Christ.

Lines and lines of tourists flocked towards this huge structure–the entrance to the tomb of Jesus Christ.

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The Stone of Anointing is where Jesus is believed to have been laid after he was taken off the cross

The Stone of Anointing is where Jesus is believed to have been laid after he was taken off the cross

A lot of people bow, kiss and pray at the Stone of Anointing

A lot of people bow, kiss and pray at the Stone of Anointing

At the courtyard of the Holy Sepulchre. It was nice to be able to move about freely after staying in line.

At the courtyard of the Holy Sepulchre. It was nice to be able to move about freely after moving like ants inside. 🙂

Later, we’ll look at the Garden Tomb which is the alternate site believed to be where Jesus was really buried. Researchers looked into the historical and geographical facts in the Bible and found that the location fit the descriptions of Golgotha (The Skull Hill) and the tomb which was originally owned by Joseph of Arimathea and “lent” to Jesus Christ.

Holy Week Photoblog: The Church of St. Peter in Gallicantu

Peter Disowns Jesus 69 Now Peter was sitting out in the courtyard, and a servant girl came to him. “You also were with Jesus of Galilee,” she said. 70 But he denied it before them all. “I don’t know what you’re talking about,” he said. 71 Then he went out to the gateway, where another servant girl saw him and said to the people there, “This fellow was with Jesus of Nazareth.” 72 He denied it again, with an oath: “I don’t know the man!” 73 After a little while, those standing there went up to Peter and said, “Surely you are one of them; your accent gives you away.” 74 Then he began to call down curses, and he swore to them, “I don’t know the man!” Immediately a rooster crowed. 75 Then Peter remembered the word Jesus had spoken: “Before the rooster crows, you will disown me three times.” And he went outside and wept bitterly.

Matthew 26:69-75 Peter Disowns Jesus
69 Now Peter was sitting out in the courtyard, and a servant girl came to him. “You also were with Jesus of Galilee,” she said.
70 But he denied it before them all. “I don’t know what you’re talking about,” he said.
71 Then he went out to the gateway, where another servant girl saw him and said to the people there, “This fellow was with Jesus of Nazareth.”
72 He denied it again, with an oath: “I don’t know the man!”
73 After a little while, those standing there went up to Peter and said, “Surely you are one of them; your accent gives you away.”
74 Then he began to call down curses, and he swore to them, “I don’t know the man!”
Immediately a rooster crowed. 75 Then Peter remembered the word Jesus had spoken: “Before the rooster crows, you will disown me three times.” And he went outside and wept bitterly.

Following Jesus’ agony at the Garden of Gethsemane, we now find ourselves in the place where Peter denied Jesus Christ. It was a panic-filled evening; their master and teacher has just been arrested. Imagine yourselves in the place of John and Peter. Despite the obvious danger, the two still wanted to find out what would happen so they followed all the way to the high priest’s place. Since John was known by the high priest, he was able to get in. He persuaded the servant girl to let Peter in and it was then that two servant girls recognised him as having been with Jesus. Like a deer caught in headlights, Peter outrightly denied association but his Galilean accent gave him away. After denying Jesus the third time, the rooster crowed and Jesus looked straight into Peter’s eyes. This compelled the latter to get out and weep bitterly, remembering the Master’s words (Matthew 26:75).

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Holy Week Photoblog: Via Dolorosa

The Via Dolorosa or the Way of Sorrows is the path that Jesus went through on His way to Calvary.

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According to our tour guide Diko, even in the ancient times, it was a marketplace. That meant that Jesus had to carry His cross towards Calvary, bearing the weight, humiliation and mockery of the people

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The Chapel of the Condemnation commemorates where Jesus took up the cross after He was sentenced.

The Chapel of the Condemnation commemorates where Jesus took up the cross after He was sentenced.

The third station is where Jesus falls for the first time.

The third station is where Jesus falls for the first time.

The fifth station is where Simon of Cyrene helped Jesus carry His cross

The fifth station is where Simon of Cyrene helped Jesus carry His cross

IMG_3190-001The 14 stations on the 600-meter stretch culminates at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre where Jesus is believed to have been crucified and buried. Later, we’ll look into another location called The Garden Tomb which some Christians believe is the real site of the burial and resurrection of Jesus, given the archaeological and geographical evidence.

Holy Week Photoblog: Gethsemane

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.”

Matthew 26:36-38

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.

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.

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 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”

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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 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.

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The ceiling was intentionally painted a dark blue hue like the sky at night while natural light streams through the beautiful coloured glass.

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.'"

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.'”

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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.”

P1130610IMG_5342P1130627P1130615The Palm Sunday route

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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.