Israel, Israel, Spiritual Reflections, Travel

Holy Week Photoblog: Holy Sepulchre

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

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. πŸ™‚

Later, we’ll look at the Garden Tomb which is the alternate site believed to be where JesusΒ wasΒ 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 wasΒ originally owned by Joseph of Arimathea and “lent” to Jesus Christ.

Israel, Israel, Spiritual Reflections, Travel

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.Β 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.