Tag Archives: Jerusalem

Gazing Heavenward in the Holy Sepulchre

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.

To read more about the Holy Sepulchre:

Church of Saint Stephen

We arrived early in the morning to celebrate Mass at the church of Saint Stephen, the first martyr.

The interior of the church built over the ruins of a 4th century church dedicated to his memory, the Church of Saint Stephen.

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Saint Luke

Saint Joseph

Saint Jerome

Saint Mary Magdalene

Saint Catherine of Siena

Saint Thomas Aquinas

Saint Dominic

Saint Catherine of Alexandria

The Temple Mount

Let us go up with joy to the house of the Lord. ~Psalm 122

The Temple Mount. This would have been the main entrance of the temple in the days of Jesus.

This is a good explanation of the Western Wall where the Jews pray. (Click to enlarge the photo).

The Western Wall.

The city of David, looking down the Kidron Valley.

Temple mount, looking from City of David.

The archeological dig under the modern city revealing the City of David.

   

A journey down under the City of David to the Gihon Spring.

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.

Stabat Mater

The fresco by Fra Angelico is one of those painted on the walls of the monastery cells in San Marco in Florence.

On Fridays walk the way of the Cross with the Sorrowful Mother accompanying her son Jesus to the Cross.

Vidit suum dulcem Natum
moriendo desolatum,
dum emisit spiritum.

Eia, Mater, fons amoris
me sentire vim doloris
fac, ut tecum lugeam.

Fac, ut ardeat cor meum
in amando Christum Deum
ut sibi complaceam.

She beheld her tender Child,
Saw Him hang in desolation,
Till His spirit forth He sent.

O thou Mother! fount of love!
Touch my spirit from above,
make my heart with thine accord:

Make me feel as thou hast felt;
make my soul to glow and melt
with the love of Christ my Lord.

The fresco shown above is a detail of this large crucifixion scene (click to enlarge).

Stabat Mater

The fresco by Fra Angelico is one of those painted on the walls of the monastery cells in San Marco in Florence.

The fresco by Fra Angelico is one of those painted on the walls of the monastery cells in San Marco in Florence.

On Fridays walk the way of the Cross with the Sorrowful Mother accompanying her son Jesus to the Cross.

Quis non posset contristari
Christi Matrem contemplari
dolentem cum Filio?

Can the human heart refrain
from partaking in her pain,
in that Mother’s pain untold?

Follow the Stations of the Cross in Jerusalem in this video.