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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.

Mount of Olives

We begin our Palm Sunday walk down the Mount of Olives as we read the Gospel accounts of the Lord’s Triumphant Entry.

And when he had said this, he went on ahead, going up to Jerusalem…. And as he rode along, they spread their garments on the road. As he was now drawing near, at the descent of the Mount of Olives, the whole multitude of the disciples began to rejoice and praise God with a loud voice for all the mighty works that they had seen, saying, “Blessed is the King who comes in the name of the Lord! Peace in heaven and glory in the highest!” And some of the Pharisees in the multitude said to him, “Teacher, rebuke your disciples.” He answered, “I tell you, if these were silent, the very stones would cry out.”
~Luke 19:28,36-40

Dominus Flevit Church. The excavated mosaic floor of the fourth century Byzantine church.

We celebrated mass at Dominus Flevit which commemorates the Lord who wept over Jerusalem.

This is on the altar: A mother hen with a halo gathering her chicks.

“O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, killing the prophets and stoning those who are sent to you! How often would I have gathered your children together as a hen gathers her brood under her wings, and you would not! Behold, your house is forsaken and desolate. For I tell you, you will not see me again, until you say, ‘Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.’” Matthew 23:37-39

As you celebrate Mass you overlook Temple Mount.

Overlooking Temple Mount from the church Dominus Flevit. (Click to enlarge this or any picture).

The dome of the church.

The church looks like a tear drop.

The Garden of Olives. Jesus goes to the garden to pray the night before his Passion.

Then Jesus went with them to a place called Gethsemane, and he said to his disciples, “Sit here, while I go yonder and pray.” And taking with him Peter and the two sons of Zebedee, he began to be sorrowful and troubled. hen he said to them, “My soul is very sorrowful, even to death; remain here, and watch with me.” And going a little farther he fell on his face and prayed, “My Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me; nevertheless, not as I will, but as thou wilt.” ~Matthew 26:36-39