My final afternoon in Jerusalem I took an afternoon walk. I felt an overwhelming attraction to visit the Church of the Holy Sepulchre again. On the way I saw some of the gates in the walls of the Old City.
We concluded our day with a sail on the Sea of Galilee.
The fourth century synagogue in Capernaum was built over the first century synagogue where Jesus preached.
The impressive rear wall of the synagogue.
Capernaum figured largely in Jesus’ ministry.
Under the glass floor of the modern church are the excavations of a fifth century church and also a fourth century synagogue, and under that was a first century house church, called the “House of Peter,” where there were discovered hundreds of Christian inscriptions in Aramaic, Greek and Hebrew saying Jesus, Lord, and Peter.
The interior of the church built over the ruins of a 4th century church dedicated to his memory, the Church of Saint Stephen.
The Muslims recycled a column with a capital that depicts a pelican feeding her young with her blood which is a symbol of Christ who feeds us in the Eucharist.
The current structure was built during the crusade period. It was the southern gallery of the church of Saint Mary of Zion. Later it was turned into a mosque. Notice the 16th century mihrab or prayer niche facing Mecca.
Agni Parthene – Oh Pure Virgin Orthodox hymn sung by Eikona – performed in Greek and English.
Ab aeterno ordita sum et ex antiquis antequam terra fieret
necdum erant abyssi et ego iam concepta eram necdum fontes aquarum eruperant
necdum montes gravi mole constiterant ante colles ego parturiebar.
Ages ago I was set up, at the first, before the beginning of the earth.
When there were no depths I was brought forth,
when there were no springs abounding with water.
Before the mountains had been shaped, before the hills, I was brought forth.
Et factus est repente de caelo sonus tamquam advenientis spiritus vehementis et replevit totam domum…
And suddenly a sound came from heaven like the rush of a mighty wind, and it filled all the house…
This is Dormition Abbey, on Mount Sion where tradition says Mary was assumed into heaven from this place.
Below are side altars in the main church.
Saint Peter in Gallicantu, which commemorates the three time denial of Peter at Caiaphas’ palace. Notice the rooster on the dome.
And after an interval of about an hour still another insisted, saying, “Certainly this man also was with him; for he is a Galilean.” But Peter said, “Man, I do not know what you are saying.” And immediately, while he was still speaking, the cock crowed. And the Lord turned and looked at Peter. And Peter remembered the word of the Lord, how he had said to him, “Before the cock crows today, you will deny me three times.” And he went out and wept bitterly. ~ Luke22:59-62
“I do not know him”. ~Luke 22:57
“Lord, you know all things; you know that I love you.” ~John 21:17