Jerusalem, Part One

Early morning in the souq (the market), all was quiet as Cynthia and I walked to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. The Syrian Orthodox mass at an altar being the tomb of Jesus while a Roman Catholic mass was celebrated at the Golgotha site. The air was filled with chant and incense. After breakfast, our group went to the Israel Musem where the Shrine of the Book holds the Dead Sea scrolls. A large model of the city of Jerusalem at the time of the 2nd Temple. Our guide Lazarus gave us the clearest explanation of the history of the building of the city that I’ve heard yet. After lunch, we climbed to the height of Mount Zion, seeing the Dormition Abbey, then going to St Peter in Gallicantu for communion. The altar in our chapel is directly over the prison where it’s believed that Jesus was held before his trial. Then Lazarus took us all to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, now very crowded as compared to my early morning time there.

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