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Two Good Friday walks in Jerusalem

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  • Yehuda Stolov
    Western Christian Easter fell the last weekend of March. A small group met at Garden Tomb, the Protestant site for burial of Jesus. We discussed the history of
    Message 1 of 1 , May 23, 2013

      Western Christian Easter fell the last weekend of March.


      A small group met at Garden Tomb, the Protestant site for burial of Jesus. We discussed the history of this unusual and beautiful site, and stayed for a while to hear the beginning of the Good Friday worship service. We enjoyed several hymns and songs of praise and some Biblical readings. It was a lovely atmosphere... and we were able to find a good location...


      We decided to skip the St. George Cathedral (Anglican), and instead went to the St. George Church of the Orthodox Greek Patriarch to hear elements of that worship service - a unique experience, since this church is the native church of our country, with its service in Arabic, accompanied by original Arabic music


      We moved on to Maronite Church, home of another important and ancient national church of our region, and we enjoyed hearing this music as well. We discussed some of the history of the followers of St. Maron the Hermit, in Lebanon.


      As time was winding down, we decided to skip the Holy Sepulcher itself, and completed our walk by a visit to St. Saviour Church in the Franciscan Compound, the actual parish church of Old City Roman Catholics. We were there for parts of the Arabic worship service, and we visited the Franciscan Book Shop - an important center for purchase of materials related to Roman Catholic issues in the Holy Land.


      In an earlier part of our walk, we met one of our very active Moslem members, and we concluded our day by joining him for conversation and a coffee.


      Eastern Churches celebrated East much later - the first weekend of May. Friday May 3rd was Good Friday.

      However, the day before, during preparations with a trial walk, it was made clear how difficult walking through the Old City Via Dolorosa and Holy Sepulcher area could really be, due to abnormally large groups of many pilgrims from many areas. And the day was extremely hot as well.

      So we decided that morning to abort this walk, but we will keep the route in mind for the next opportunity.


      Led and reported: Nathanael Dror



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