May 2019
  • Day9

    The Church of All Nations

    May 15 in Palestine ⋅ ☀️ 90 °F

    The Church of All Nations, also known as the Church or Basilica of the Agony, is a Roman Catholic church located on the Mount of Olives in Jerusalem, next to the Garden of Gethsemane. It enshrines a section of bedrock where Jesus is said to have prayed before his arrest. (Mark 14:32-42)

    The church was built between 1919 and 1924 using funds donated from many different countries. The coat-of-arms of twelve of the countries from which donations originated are incorporated into the ceiling, each in a separate, small dome, and also into the interior mosaics.Read more

  • Day9

    Eastern Gate as seen from Mt of Olives

    May 15 in Palestine ⋅ ☀️ 88 °F

    The Eastern Gate is also known as the gate of mercy and the golden gate. It has been walled up since medieval times. The date of its construction is disputed and no archaeological work is allowed at the gatehouse, but opinions are shared between a late Byzantine and an early Umayyad date.

  • Day9

    Church of the Holy Sepulchre

    May 15 in Palestine ⋅ ☀️ 86 °F

    The church contains, according to traditions dating back to at least the fourth century, the two holiest sites in Christianity: the site where Jesus of Nazareth was crucified, at a place known as Calvary or Golgotha, and Jesus's empty tomb, where he is said to have been buried and resurrected.
    The wider complex around the Church of the Holy Sepulchre also serves as the headquarters of the Greek Orthodox Patriarch of Jerusalem, while control of the church itself is shared among several Christian denominations and secular entities in complicated arrangements essentially unchanged for over 160 years, and some for much longer. The main denominations sharing property over parts of the church are the Roman Catholic, Greek Orthodox and Armenian Apostolic, and to a lesser degree the Coptic Orthodox, Syriac Orthodox and Ethiopian Orthodox. The churches fight among themselves for ownership, even down to who owns the strip below the first step up to the entrance.
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  • Day9

    The Way of Suffering

    May 15 in Palestine ⋅ ☀️ 82 °F

    The Way of Suffering = Via Dolorosa, the path that Jesus walked from trial to crucifixion. Of the 14 stations, five do not have a biblical account. The Antonia Fortress may have been where Jesus stood trial before Pontius Pilate. John 18:28. Sisters of Norte Dame take care of the church where the Antonia Fortress was at before the monastery. Sisters of Zion is the name of the church.Read more

  • Day9

    Pool of Bethesda

    May 15 in Palestine ⋅ ☀️ 82 °F

    John 5:2-9 

    2 Now there is in Jerusalem near the Sheep Gate a pool, which in Aramaic is called Bethesda[a] and which is surrounded by five covered colonnades.3 Here a great number of disabled people used to lie—the blind, the lame, the paralyzed. [4] [b] 5 One who was there had been an invalid for thirty-eight years.6 When Jesus saw him lying there and learned that he had been in this condition for a long time, he asked him, “Do you want to get well?”

    7 “Sir,” the invalid replied, “I have no one to help me into the pool when the water is stirred. While I am trying to get in, someone else goes down ahead of me.”

    8 Then Jesus said to him, “Get up! Pick up your mat and walk.” 9 At once the man was cured; he picked up his mat and walked.
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  • Day9

    Golgotha (place of the skull)

    May 15 in Palestine ⋅ ☀️ 72 °F

    And at the ninth hour, Jesus shouted in a loud voice, "Eloi Eloi lama sabachthani?" which is translated, "My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?" Matthew 27:46 and is a quote from Psalm 22:1

    100 year old picture shows nose before it disenegriated and fell off as seen now.

  • Day8

    Day 8 – Tuesday, May 14, 2019

    May 14 in Palestine ⋅ ☀️ 88 °F

    Western Wall Tunnel, Jesus' Steps, the Last Days, Pentecost
    We start our day at the fascinating Western Wall Tunnel leading us through the Second Temple era. We move on to the Judgment Hall of Pilate, hear of those who conspired against Him and are reminded of His brutal beating and humiliation. On our way into the city we will visit the Wailing Wall and the Southern Wall Excavations. This southern side of The Temple was the main entrance for the common folk, whereas the Priests and Levites had their own entrance from the higher eastern side. Parts of the giant stairs, which led to the Temple Mount from the courtyard have been unearthed along with the purification pools. From here Jesus entered the Temple Mount and drove out the vendors and money exchangers who were exploiting the people. It is also likely that this is the place that Peter stood and preached and where thousands were saved and baptized on the Day of Pentecost. We will enjoy a challenge from God’s Word and a song. Next we visit the House of Caiaphas where Jesus was beaten and spit upon. See a pit where he may have been held for the evening and the ancient hillside steps he walked as he was taken to be condemned. Passing by the Protestant Cemetery, we visit the "Upper Room" just outside the Zion Gate where the disciple whom Jesus loved laid his head on His breast and where later Thomas cried, "my Lord & my God." This evening we will travel outside of Jerusalem to Yad Hashmona a Messianic Moshave for a biblical meal.Read more

  • Day8

    Biblical Meal at Yad Hashmona Moshav

    May 14 in Israel ⋅ ☀️ 91 °F

    Yad Hashmona is a vibrant community of believers in Israel. It is a moshav shitufi (communal village) and was founded by a group of Christian volunteers from Finland.
    The meal, which guests can eat with their hands while sitting at a triclinium, will include greens, lentils, meat pottage, stuffed chicken, dried fruit and Haroset served with grape juice and tabun baked pita.Read more