Immersed in the Agony and Footprints of Jesus

by Steve Ray on April 27, 2013

Mass INSIDE the Tomb of Christ

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.

On Crusader Steps up to 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…..


  • Ginny McKillip says:

    Hi I enjoy watching the videos because it let’s me relive being there. It also brings back things I may have forgotten or things I didn’t catch the first time. For instance I couldn’t remember exactly where Christ rose into heaven and now I know.
    Thank you for posting these every day

    God be with you

  • Mary I. says:

    What a powerful, amazing day! — and I just experienced it vicariously. The Via Dolorosa was not what I’d imagined… and to think that you were able to celebrate Holy Mass in Christ’s Tomb — a life-changing event, I am sure. So much more… touching Calvary, the amazing Pater Noster, learning about the origin of the novena (I love novenas!), the humbling reminder about Peter’s denial and Christ’s complete forgiveness, learning that Our Lord was lowered into that prison…. I have no words. Thanks for sharing. I am blessed to be able to witness this via video!

    P.S. Hi, Fr. Janusz!

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