Tag Archives: Israel

Church of the Visitation

Church of the Visitation. The current church was built over the remains of a 4th century Byzantine church.

Note the beautiful mural of Mary on the donkey.

The Visitation fresco.

In those days Mary arose and went with haste into the hill country, to a city of Judah, and she entered the house of Zechariah and greeted Elizabeth. And when Elizabeth heard the greeting of Mary, the babe leaped in her womb; and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit and she exclaimed with a loud cry, “Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb! And why is this granted me, that the mother of my Lord should come to me? For behold, when the voice of your greeting came to my ears, the babe in my womb leaped for joy. And blessed is she who believed that there would be a fulfilment of what was spoken to her from the Lord.” ~Luke 1:39-45

Zechariah in the temple.

In the days of Herod, king of Judea, there was a priest named Zechariah, of the division of Abijah; and he had a wife of the daughters of Aaron, and her name was Elizabeth. And they were both righteous before God, walking in all the commandments and ordinances of the Lord blameless. But they had no child, because Elizabeth was barren, and both were advanced in years.

Now while he was serving as priest before God when his division was on duty,according to the custom of the priesthood, it fell to him by lot to enter the temple of the Lord and burn incense. And the whole multitude of the people were praying outside at the hour of incense. And there appeared to him an angel of the Lord standing on the right side of the altar of incense. And Zechariah was troubled when he saw him, and fear fell upon him. But the angel said to him, “Do not be afraid, Zechariah, for your prayer is heard, and your wife Elizabeth will bear you a son, and you shall call his name John. ~Luke 1:5-13

Slaughter of the Innocents.

Slaughter of the Innocents.

Then Herod, when he saw that he had been tricked by the wise men, was in a furious rage, and he sent and killed all the male children in Bethlehem and in all that region who were two years old or under, according to the time which he had ascertained from the wise men. Then was fulfilled what was spoken by the prophet Jeremiah:

“A voice was heard in Ramah,
wailing and loud lamentation,
Rachel weeping for her children;
she refused to be consoled,
because they were no more.” ~Matthew 2:16-18

This ancient tunnel leads to a well of which tradition speaks of water springing up joyfully when our Lady greets Elizabeth.

The church of the Visitation.

Mary in Franciscan attire.

Pax et Bonum, Peace and the Good, the motto of Saint Francis of Assisi.

Church of the Pater Noster

Also next to the Garden of Gethsemane is the Church of the Pater Noster.  There are almost 200 plaques of the Our Father in different languages.

(Please click to enlarge any photo).

Syriac

Chadean

English

Korean

Greek

Ethiopic

German

Italian

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Icelandic

The Pater Noster church.

 The chapel that commemorates the Ascension.

Church of All Nations

The Church of All Nations on the Mount of Olives, where we commemorate the Lord’s agony in the garden.

The main altar. (Please click to enlarge any photo).

The inscription at the base of the image is from Luke 23:43-44:

Apparuit autem illi angelus de caelo confortans eum et factus in agonia prolixius orabat et factus est sudor eius sicut guttae sanguinis decurrentis in terram.
And there appeared to him an angel from heaven, strengthening him. And being in an agony, he prayed the longer. And his sweat became as drops of blood, trickling down upon the ground.

Closeup of the dome.

A floor mosaic.

A floor mosaic.

This image has the Great Seal of the United States.

The windows are alabaster. From Wikipedia, “Alabaster panels dyed violet were used for the windows to evoke a mood of depression analogous to Christ’s agony, and the ceiling is painted a deep blue to simulate a night sky.”

The rock of agony before the altar.

The Church Of the Holy Sepulchre

Church of the Holy Sepulchre

The rotunda that encloses the tomb.

The rotunda that encloses the tomb.

Looking up to Golgotha

Looking up to Golgotha

A mosaic panel that greets you when you enter the church

A mosaic panel that greets you when you enter the church

Behind the glass you can see Golgotha

Behind the glass you can see Golgotha

The Latin chapel of Calvary where we celebrated Mass.

The Latin chapel of Calvary where we celebrated Mass.

 

The Greek chapel of Golgotha

Golgotha, upon which Our Lord was crucified .

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.

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.

The dome over the Greek church in the Sepulchre.

An Armenian altar

An Armenian altar

The Armenian gallery

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