Monthly Archives: February 2015

Via Delarosa, Stations of The Cross, Church of the Holy Sepulchre,
Garden of Gethsemane and Dominus Flevit
Saturday, 31st January

MahmoudAt the door of the hotel the bag-seller met me as I stepped out to see the glorious sunshine and feel the fresh air. And no, I didn’t want to buy a bag for any price really. I said to him that I just wanted to be out in the sunshine in Bethlehem.

And so started our conversation about Bethlehem! Mahmoud is a Palestinian Muslim,with perfect English. He had not been allowed to go to Jerusalem in 20 years, he was unable to find a job, this was his home and he pointed out on the skyline the buildings of the University, a church, and a mosque.

I said I would return tomorrow and carried on down the street, getting some fresh air and a chance to spend some time on my own before the start of the day.

The Via Delarosa

m_IMG_1700The day that lay open before us was going to be one to be cherished. Following in the footsteps of Jesus along the Via Delarosa and marking the Stations of the Cross.

Below is just a snap shot of this journey.

 

 

We entered through St Stephens Gate,  visited to the Pools of Bethseda and the Church of the Paralytic, with a reading from John 5. This was the place where Jesus was taken from Caiaphas to the Praetorium.

m_IMG_1717We walked along the Via Delarosa and stopped at the Stations of the Cross, where Bishop Graham read a short passage from the Bible and followed with prayer.

We gathered at the final station of Golgotha,

It is finished, Father into your hands I commit my spirit.’ John 19:30

The Church of the Holy Sepulchre

There is a complex history to this place and many Christians have different ways of marking this holy place. I did not wish to take photos inside the church as we visited the tomb, the anointing stone and the tomb of Joseph of Arimathea.

Lunch in the streets

m_IMG_1724A splendid lunch of pizza, or falafel and Shirwama, time for a little shopping and even a dessert of sweet pastries on mobile cart, or as we would call it now a ‘pop up shop’, beautiful.

 

 

Bishop Graham also joined in the street scene and with Anise, our guide had a welcome seat from the shopkeeper.

The carpet seller...
The Bishop tries his hand at selling…

 

The Garden of Gethsemane

Before arriving here we had tried to go to the Mount of Olives, but the police were not allowing this today.

In the garden, with the olive trees that could have been alive in the time of Jesus we stopped and dwelt there for a while and listened to the reading of Mark 14:32

The  Church of All Nations was our next visit and as we rested after visiting it we could see the view of the walls of Jerusalem across the Kidron Valley.

We heard of the importance of the olives to Palestinians and the economic value of each tree of $ 200 per annum. In building the separation wall, 75,000 trees have been lost.

m_IMG_1743Dominus Flevit

Our final stop for the day and the Dean started her journey to Jerusalem on a camel, a remarkable picture and fortunately the camel owner gave her time to rejoin us going down the steps.

At Dominus Flevit we sat for a while in wonder at the sight of Jerusalem in front of us as the sun went down. It was a chance for us all to recap on the day and to think again of the journey of Christ as he made his way to Golgotha.

The end of a day, yet another one to remember in true vividness and to hold in your heart.

Undertaking a journey of Faith...an image
Undertaking a journey of Faith…

 

 

 

 

 


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These web pages are part of the Faith Goes Walkabout family of web sites. Designed, produced and edited by the Reverend Sue Martin of the Norwich Diocese. Supporting the work of the Diocese and communities of faith in the East of England.



St Georges Cathedral, an afternoon in Bethlehem
Sunday, 1st February

IMG_1753 St George’s Cathedral, Bethlehem

The sunshine was still with us and as we arrived at St George’s Cathedral, the warmth was very welcome. Inside the church, we all felt very much at home in the Anglican tradition and style in the cathedral.

The service sheets led with an introduction from The Right Reverend Suheil Dewani, Bishop of the Episcope and the Diocese of Jerusalem which covers many countries as well as the city.

All Christians must come here first as pilgrims – pilgrims here do not bring decisions with them. They come here to seek prayerfully the decisions God wants them to make. And God will always surprise us. God has not finished with our church or with us yet.

God the Holy Spirit will lead us into all truth, and we who come here must be open to the Spirit’s healing and to God’s revelations.”

(From the Bishop’s address to Gafcon June 2008 – find the Global Anglican Future web site here…)

In the afternoon we had free time and I relished the thought of going into Manger Square. But before that I needed to see Mahmoud. He was sitting on the street with his son, Ahdouf,  I did indeed buy some bags at a good price! But bargaining is not my speciality and this didn’t seem right.

Along with 2 other pilgrims, Mahmoud treated us to coffee and a talk about life in Bethlehem.

Abu Gosh

Our Pilgrimage Prayer…

God of our pilgrimage,You kept Abraham and Sarah in safety on their journey.You led the children of Israel through the midst of the sea, And by a star you led the Wise Men to the infant Jesus.Protect and guide us as we travel through your Holy  Land, And follow the footsteps of your Son, Jesus Christ. Bring us into the presence of your Son, Who is the Way, the Truth and the LifeThat we may follow your paths of justice and peace,  And find your everlasting joy.

Amen…

Undertaking a journey of Faith...an image
Undertaking a journey of Faith…

 


About this journey?

These web pages are part of the Faith Goes Walkabout family of web sites. Designed, produced and edited by the Reverend Sue Martin of the Norwich Diocese. Supporting the work of the Diocese and communities of faith in the East of England.



Pilgrims from the Norwich Diocese

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At the end of our journey, we gathered outside the Church of the Resurrection for a final picture. This is a peaceful place and the grounds of the Benedictine monastery has been there for about 1000 years.

Abu Gosh is Emmaus, the place where Jesus revealed himself to his disciples after he was resurrected.

We were at the end of our pilgrimage and  this was a good place to leave the Holy Land.

At the start of our journey we gathered at the Sea of Galilee, where Jesus began his ministry, where he called his disciples.

We journeyed to and through Nazareth and Bethlehem, we stopped for several days in Jerusalem and experienced the sites of the crucifixion and the places where Jesus  entered and walked in the old city of Jerusalem.

We did much more than just visit, but then is that not what a pilgrimage is all about…. a journey of discovery, a time for God to find us and to enable us, with  guided and prayerful direction, as we journey back home and then onwards from there.

Our Pilgrimage Prayer…

God of our pilgrimage,You kept Abraham and Sarah in safety on their journey.You led the children of Israel through the midst of the sea, And by a star you led the Wise Men to the infant Jesus.Protect and guide us as we travel through your Holy  Land, And follow the footsteps of your Son, Jesus Christ. Bring us into the presence of your Son, Who is the Way, the Truth and the Life,that we may follow your paths of justice and peace,  And find your everlasting joy.Abu Gosh

Amen…

Rev’d Sue Martin


About this journey?

These web pages are part of the Faith Goes Walkabout family of web sites. Designed, produced and edited by the Reverend Sue Martin of the Norwich Diocese. Supporting the work of the Diocese and communities of faith in the East of England.