Immersed in the Agony and Footprints of Jesus
by Steve Ray on April 27, 2013
Today we covered the main sites of Jesus’ Passion. We visited the place Peter denied Jesus as he was tried and imprisoned on Holy Thursday.
But, the most powerful part of the day started at 4:30 AM when our alarms went off. I always tell our pilgrims they will thank me later – and they always do, profusely!
Before the streets of the Old City of Jerusalem get so crowded you can hardly breath, we begin the Via Dolorosa, the Way of Sorrows, the true Stations of the Cross. We arrived at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre while it was still empty to all touch the top of Calvary.
We then prayed the Mysteries of the Rosary and tour a tour of the church. THEN, we all entered the Tomb of Christ for Mass which I had planned way in advance. Everyone was in tears and full of awe and wonder as we celebrated the Easter Morning Mass INSIDE the Tomb. Everyone had a chance to go in and touch their Rosaries where Jesus was laid.
We all saw Jesus come out of the Tomb again today in the form of the Blessed Sacrament. The Tomb is truly empty but he still comes out each day for his people.
So much more to say, but just watch the videos to see it all for yourself. Great day, free time, tour of the Shroud of Turin Exhibit and more…..