11 Israel: Gethsemane, Mt. Olives, Upper Room and more

by Steve Ray on November 15, 2022

It’s always a moving experience to begin the day at Gethsemane, with Mass at the rock where Jesus sweat drops of blood. Amer and I give our talks there about the meaning and agony of the garden.

Then we drive up the Mount of Olives to the Church of Paternoster, from which Jesus ascended into heaven, and taught the disciples how to pray the Our Father. Lunch was delicious local pita sandwiches before heading over to Mount Zion.

The Church of the Dormition is closed for renovations, but we showed people the church from the outside then we go to the Upper Room which is the origin of 4 of the 7 Sacraments. From there to Peter in Gallicantu where Peter denied Jesus on Holy Thursday night, and where Jesus was kept in prison before his procession to Pilate.

Some free time in the afternoon for folks to regroup and rest, and prepare for our last day tomorrow.

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