Gallery: Run-Up to the Pilgrimage to the Holy Land: October 21st – October 30th, 2014


The Day of Departure for Jerusalem

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And so the last one! It was hard to choose from the photographs gathered on four trips to Jerusalem.
This one takes us back to the Holy Sepulchre which awaits the arrival of your pilgrims.

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This one is really out of sequence. It is from Bethany, which is not far from Jerusalem, and is the reputed site of the tomb of Lazarus.

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Sunset over the Sea of Galilee. Remember the disciples crossing the sea, when Jesus came to them in the night, walking on the water.

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Here is a boat on the Sea of Galilee to remind us of all the accounts of Jesus's ministry that involved the sea and the fishermen.

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O Sabbath rest by Galilee….

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This is the monastery of the Cross in the valley where tradition says the noble tree grew upon which Christ hung.

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This is a Greek monastery near the mount of the Temptation, in the desert near to the Jordan.

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This is the Cloister of he Church of the Paternoster. Built where it is thought Jesus taught the Lord's Prayer, the building is filled with versions of the prayer in different languages.

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This is the Church of the Agony, also known as the Church of All Nations. It covers the site where, according to tradition, Jesus prayed in the Garden of Gethsemane.

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This is called the Tomb of the Virgin, and it is one of the Rector's favourite places in Jerusalem. There are royal Christian tombs here, including Queen Melisande of Jerusalem, who died in 1161. The upper chapel, built by the Byzantines and rebuilt by the Crusaders, was destroyed by Saladin, who, however, left the rapt largely intact. Services are held here by the Greeks, the Armenians, the Copts and the Syrians.

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This is the shrine of the Ascension. Originally built around 380 over a site which was said to have an imprint of Christ's foot.
It was rebuilt by the Crusaders, around 1140, and became a Muslim shrine after Saladin's victory in 1187.

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This is the lovely crusader church of Saint Anne, on the site of the house of the parents of the Blessed Virgin Mary,
and beside the pool of Bethesda. It is served by French priests, hence the flag flying from the tower.

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During the pilgrimage, the pilgrims will go to Vespers here at the Armenian Apostolic Cathedral of Saint James.

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Does an English medieval cathedral seem out of place here? This is the tower of the Anglican cathedral of Saint George, where your pilgrims can go for the Sunday service, perhaps after some rather more SBG-like liturgy at the Holy Sepulchre.

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There are many churches on the Mount of Olives. This is the Russian Convent of S.Mary Magdalene. These are not the Russians of the Moscow Patriarchate but are part of the Ecumenical Patriarchate, under Patriarch Bartholomew

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This is the Dome of the Rock seems from the chapel of Dominus flevit, on the Mount of Olives, where, it is said, Jesus wept over Jerusalem.

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Sunday’s Gospel mentions Jesus being in the temple. That temple was destroyed by the Romans in AD 70 and never rebuilt. It is believed to have been on Temple Mount where now stands the Muslim Shrine, the Dome of the Rock.

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Through the same streets we can follow the Way of the Cross, a modern version of the route that
took Jesus from Pilate's Palace to Golgotha. Many pilgrim groups take turns to carry a cross.

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The souk, the covered markets of the City, are lined with shops.
Special tractors wind through the narrow streets collecting and removing the traders' rubbish.

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Although the Old City can be very busy and noisy, a place can usually be found for reading and prayer

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Towards the roof of the Holy Sepulchre can be found competing communities of Copts and Ethiopians who are in dispute about who owns the monastery buildings. Here are the Ethiopians in festive outdoor celebration.

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At the rear of the Aedicule is a tiny little chapel belong to the Coptic Community. Most of the liturgy goes on in the passageway, with occasional visitors wandering through. Here a Coptic bishop presides at the liturgy on a Sunday morning.

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This picture shows the structure of the Aedicule with the scaffolding frame dating from 1947

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This mosaic of Christ is beneath the smaller dome of the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, called the Catholikon Dome. It is over the central nave of the Crusader church, now the Greek Orthodox sanctuary. It was rebuilt after the 1927 earthquake.

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These are two of the columns within the rotunda.
The mix of arches in the eastern ambulatory of SBG reminded Archbishop Elisey of Sourozh of the Holy Sepulchre.
You can see why.

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This is the so-called Stone of Anointing just inside the door of the Church of the Holy Sepulchre

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This is the entrance to the Aedicule within the Church of the Holy Sepulchre

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This picture shows the Aedicule of the Holy Sepulchre, beneath the larger of the two domes in yesterday's photograph. The Franciscans had rebuilt the aedicule in the 16th century but a severe fire caused the dome to collapse in 1808 and smashed the exterior decoration. The interior of the Holy Sepulchre, within the aedicule, was not damaged. The Greek architect Komnenos rebuilt the aedicule in 1809-10 but the marble cladding has deteriorated badly and since 1947 there has been an exterior frame of iron girders, installed by the British. This views taken from the Armenian Chapel in the rotunda.

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This photograph shows the two grey domes of the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in the Old City. This was the site of Golgotha and the tomb of Christ outside the Roman-period walls. Emperor Constantine built a basilica here in the 4th century, which was largely destroyed in Muslim invasions. The Crusaders built a new church, much of which remains despite subsequent re-buildings.