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Location: Jerusalem, IsraeljJerusalem
The blocked up gate in the Old City wall which is where it is believed the Messiah will enter on His second coming. The Lions Gate is to the right out of view which is where Jesus is believed to have entered on Psalm Sunday.
Prayers on paper in the cracks of the women's section of the wailing wall which we visited again this morning....this was very busy this morning as there were large groups of school children so it was a bit of a scrum.
A baker at work in the Via Dolorosa, the main street running through the arches of the Old City. During the day this street was full of life. The street followed Christ's journey to the place of crucifixion.
One of the stations of the cross on Via Dolorosa, a common reenactment of Christ's journey carrying the cross. The cross that Jesus would have carried would have just been the cross beam not the full cross as the uprights were left fixed at the places of crucifixion which were always held near a busy road to act as a deterrent to would be criminals. The executions were also next to a burial place so it would be easy to get rid of the body.
A chapel at station six
The Church of the Holy Sepulchre built on the site of Calvary, and the place of the cave from which He resurrected. The world was here today!
The chapel where there is a piece of rock which has been sanctified. It is the place of crucifixion and where the tears and blood would have fallen onto the rock.
The rock is a holy shrine and people queued for hours to touch it.
Touching the rock where it is believed that Mary Magdalene laid out the body of Jesus before he was left in the tomb.
The shrine built over the cave where it is believed that Jesus was left. The body was left in a tomb upon death for the flesh to rot built when the body of Jesus was checked it was not there as it was believed that He had risen from the dead. The queue here was ridiculously long. The whole church was lie a football scrum!
But it was a beautiful place...with fabulous paintings and murals.
...we would have relished some peace and quiet to be able to savour the place!