Our day began with a walk into the Old City to the Pools of Bethesda and St Ann’s Church. From there, we celebrated Holy Eucharist at Ecce Homo (“behold the man”) Church.
Afterward, we walked (without cameras) through the streets of the Old City praying at the stations of the cross, with the last stations inside the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. This is a powerful experience in the midst of everyday foot traffic and an occasional truck or motorcycle (up narrow cobblestone streets crowded with pedestrians).
Off to the Dead Sea foe the afternoon, we skipped the Qumran site because the parking lot was so packed we could barely enter. Relaxing at the swimming area was a lovely way to enjoy the afternoon.
After dinner back in Jerusalem, some of the group joined Cynthia and me as we walked through the Old City to the Western Wall.