Everywhere you look there are wonderful representations of the faith in the Holy Sepulchre. Here is some of what you see, gazing heavenward…
In the Greek church, you can look up and see mosaics including the Archangel Michael.
In this picture you can just glimpse the top of the dome, showing Jesus, Pantocrator.
Jesus, Pantocrator, at the top of the dome.
Saint Matthew, in a pendentive:
Saint John, in a pendentive:
The dome over the Edicule.
Under the dome, the Edicule, built over the tomb of Jesus.
The Ethiopian monks at the Sepulchre. There are little monastic settlements on the roof and they live up there.
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In the Church of the Holy Sepulchre one can see the rock face of Golgotha, in several places, behind glass:
Chapel of Saint Longinus.
Below, a chapel with the Empress Helena, Constantine’s mother, to commemorate her finding of the True Cross.
Church of the Holy Sepulchre
The rotunda that encloses the tomb.
Looking up to Golgotha
A mosaic panel that greets you when you enter the church
Behind the glass you can see Golgotha
The Latin chapel of Calvary where we celebrated Mass.
The Greek chapel of Golgotha
Golgotha, upon which Our Lord was crucified .
A medieval tradition therefore not authentic but I find it moving in that it reminds me of the preparations for the burial of Jesus.
The dome over the Greek church in the Sepulchre.
An Armenian altar
The Armenian gallery
Holy Sepulchre, the western courtyard
Now there was a man named Joseph from the Jewish town of Arimathea. He was a member of the council, a good and righteous man, who had not consented to their purpose and deed, and he was looking for the kingdom of God. This man went to Pilate and asked for the body of Jesus. Then he took it down and wrapped it in a linen shroud, and laid him in a rock-hewn tomb, where no one had ever yet been laid. It was the day of Preparation, and the sabbath was beginning. The women who had come with him from Galilee followed, and saw the tomb, and how his body was laid; then they returned, and prepared spices and ointments. On the sabbath they rested according to the commandment. ~Luke 23:50-56
In the fall I will conduct a tour to the Holy Land. For me the highlight of Jerusalem is the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. Sometimes it is difficult to appreciate the importance of this holy site; however this video gives you a great perspective from which you understand what a treasure this church is, in that it houses Golgotha and also the place of Jesus’ resurrection. The Psalm proclaims: “The stone rejected by the builder has become the cornerstone.” Golgotha was the stone that the builders found unfit to quarry for the building of the wall. When I enter the church my hearts thrills at the marvelous deed of the Lord who raised Jesus to life and exalted him as Lord.
The churches under whose protection is this most holy site of pilgrimage have come together in order to restore the place of Our Lord’s death and Resurrection. Read more at Aleteia.